11 Replies Latest reply: Jan 13, 2013 10:15 AM by Stephen Spark
Wyowilliams Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I am trying to sync an audiobook I have on both my iPod and iPad.  Can this be done? 


iPad (4th gen) Wi-Fi, iOS 6.0.2, Sync with iPod
  • 1. Re: Can I sync an audiobook between my iPod and iPad?
    King_Penguin Level 10 Level 10 (95,100 points)

    If it's on your iPod and it was purchased from Apple then you will need to connect it to your computer and copy it to your computer's iTunes via File > Transfer Purchases (File > Devices > Transfer Purchases on iTunes 11), and you can then sync it to your iPad (it should copy over to the Books part of your computer's iTunes library). Audiobooks are currently a one-time only download from the store, so the only way to get it on other devices is by syncing.

  • 2. Re: Can I sync an audiobook between my iPod and iPad?
    Wyowilliams Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I purchased the audiobook from audio.com. The audiobook is on my computer in iTunes so I was able to put the audiobook on both my iPod and iPad. What I am trying to do is listen to the book from either device and be able to pick up where I left off...for example, chapter 12. Is there a way that can happen perhaps by having both devices connected to the computer/ iTunes at the same time?  I can connect both devices and iTunes recognizes both devices.  I was hoping that it would sync both devices to last page read.  Is that possible?  As for now I manually fast forwarded each device to the same spot where I left off.  Hope this makes sense.  Giles's what I want is for both devices to know where the other left off.  It works like that with the kindle and iPod.  Thanks for any information.  I wast as detailed in my first post.

  • 3. Re: Can I sync an audiobook between my iPod and iPad?
    King_Penguin Level 10 Level 10 (95,100 points)

    I'm not aware of any setting for audiobooks that will do that - for ordinary books there is a setting in Settings > iBooks that will keep booksmarks in-line between your devices, but I'm not aware of a similar setting for audiobooks (there isn't anything in Settings > Music for it)

  • 4. Re: Can I sync an audiobook between my iPod and iPad?
    Wyowilliams Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks ....too bad!  Would be nice. 

  • 5. Re: Can I sync an audiobook between my iPod and iPad?
    Stephen Spark Level 4 Level 4 (2,395 points)

    Are the audiobooks syncing over as Audiobooks or Music?

     

    I use Audible audiobooks and the playback position syncs automatically between my iPad, iPhone with iOS 6 and iTunes 11. It works most of the time however it does fail to sync occasionally. Playback position syncing was added to iCloud with iTunes 11 and iOS 6 for audiobooks, movies and TV Shows.

  • 6. Re: Can I sync an audiobook between my iPod and iPad?
    Stephen Spark Level 4 Level 4 (2,395 points)

    The setting is in iTunes 11 Preferences/Store - Sync Playback information across devices. I don't believe there is a setting to control it in iOS.

  • 7. Re: Can I sync an audiobook between my iPod and iPad?
    King_Penguin Level 10 Level 10 (95,100 points)

    That's probably why I wasn't aware of it - something else that I've learned today

  • 8. Re: Can I sync an audiobook between my iPod and iPad?
    Wyowilliams Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you...both of you.  So...my audio books on both my new iPad and my iPod touch 4 show up in Music..more..audiobooks.  Both devices are updated to latest IOS6.  In iTunes, all my audiobooks show in books...audiobooks.  I take it from what you two are stating here, that there are probably some boxes I need to check somewhere regarding syncing?????  Can you help me further, walk me through this.  I can make these devices work, but I am far from being any kind of techy person, so I need the step by step. 

    My Kindle reading books are stored in iCloud and they are all on my new iPad...I got that done.  And I know my iCloud and iTunes are updated.

  • 9. Re: Can I sync an audiobook between my iPod and iPad?
    Stephen Spark Level 4 Level 4 (2,395 points)

    Sounds like your audiobooks are stored in the proper location and properly set as audiobooks.

     

    The setting is in iTunes 11 Preferences/Store - Sync Playback information across devices. I don't believe there is a setting to control it in iOS.

    Already mentioned the setting, on the computer open iTunes Preferences/Store and ensure "Sync playback position between devices" is checked.

  • 10. Re: Can I sync an audiobook between my iPod and iPad?
    Wyowilliams Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    ok...got that all done, actually it was already checked.  Now for another silly question.  Will this syncing be done automatically when the devices are on, or do I need to plug them both in at the same time into the computer/iTunes. 

    I appreciate your help here, and I too, am learning!

  • 11. Re: Can I sync an audiobook between my iPod and iPad?
    Stephen Spark Level 4 Level 4 (2,395 points)

    iCloud syncing is supposed to be automatic, but there is no way to force it or to tell whether it has happened. I find it does take some time before it happens at times. If you are playing with the devices expecting it to happen now, it probably won't. But if you stop playback on one device then start it up 15-20 minutes later on another it should sync. As I said before, it does work, but not real well yet.

     

    You do not need to connect with iTunes for the iCloud sync to work, however if you want to ensure the playback syncs connecting to iTunes should guaranty it.