I have a collection of seminars recorded as mp3. In iTunes, I marked them as audiobooks.

I have an Apple music account, so I can access my music library through iCloud, including those I recorded myself or ripped from my CDs.

My audiobooks do not show up on the iCloud and I cannot access them on my iPhone (iOS 12.3.1).

I do not see them in the Music app, I do not see them in the Books app -although it has an audiobooks section.

I found some 3rd party apps on the store that play mp3 audiobooks, but I'd prefer using the Books or Music app.

Is there a way to do this? If so, how?

Note: I asked this question in Apple Communities but it did not attract much attention.

1 Answer 1


According to the support article for iTunes Match, tracks will not be uploaded to your iCloud Music Library if they:

  • are longer than 2 hours
  • are larger than 200 MB
  • "don't meet certain quality criteria"

The "quality criteria" include the bit rate, and I believe the same criteria apply with Apple Music.

You could try converting one of the files to 128kb/s or higher AAC format, using the start/end time settings in the track's Get Info before converting if it's longer than two hours and/or if needed to get the resulting track under 200 MB. If that track still won't upload then something else is going wrong.

You can always sync files like this manually. On older macos and windows, add these to your iTunes library and sync via iTunes.

One newer macOS - add the files to music or podcasts app and sync over USB.

  • A thought - If you need to re-encode the audio files and try to trim it to a certain length and all, just to make it work in Music or Book app, it might just be easier to opt to install the free VLC player and use that - it's quite easy to copy all the media to VLC through iTunes files transfer or VLC Wifi transfer. Will save a lot of time and effort.
    – sfxedit
    Commented May 10, 2020 at 22:43

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