I have been trying to answer this question for myself for ages. I've only recently found the solution for me - SpeedUp Player Pro seems to have all of the audiobook functionality I need. The hightlights are:
Speed up (up to TRUE 2.5x)
Load items from Dropbox
Adjustable Forward and Backward Skip
A/B Repeat (for studying)
Functional free version ...
Jesse Hollington wrote a great guide to Audiobook handling "The Complete Guide to iTunes Books, Podcasts + iTunes U" at iLounge. Basically it comes down to separating AudioBooks from music and providing different sync and management options within iTunes.
Your sync differences are obvious, you get a different sync category enabling you to sync all or ...
Hmmm, I'd never noticed that (but then again, I wouldn't normally think to put an audio book on repeat).
If the main thing you want to achieve is to be able to play your audio book on your iPhone, and you want the ability to repeat them, then you can still actually play them using the Music iOS app.
To do this:
Within iTunes on your Mac or PC, add your ...
The audiobook can be found in iBooks. For some reason the newly added audiobooks are listed at the bottom of the list after all of the random stuff that is in iCloud.
If you tap "All Books" at the top in the center you can select "Audiobooks" to see only audiobooks.
While not actually answering your question, do yourself a favor and select all the files for your audio book, Right-click one of them and choose 'Get Info' opening a dialog, similar to that in Loïc Wolff's answer;
Click the 'Options' category, and change the Media Kind to 'Audiobook'.
Only when something is classified as an Audiobook will you get features ...
You can do it with Garageband on a Mac, or using a separate utility on Windows.
Mac with Garageband
There's a detailed guide here, but the concise version is:
Create a new Podcast in Garageband.
Delete the placeholder tracks (the Podcast track can't be deleted), then drag in the audio file you want to add chapters to.
Select the Podcast track, make sure ...
I’m sorry; I don’t know any free apps, but I can suggest two paid apps, if that’s any use.
There’s an app called Audiobook Wizard that I used a year or so ago, under Snow Leopard, that seemed reasonably fast and easy to use.
However, it’s a paid app ($4.99) offered through the Mac App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/audiobook-wizard/id460967298?mt=12....
I was frustrated by this as well and ended up writing a simple script for just this task using Ruby (which comes pre-installed on MacOS and is available on all OSes) with the taglib library. If you're a little programming savvy, just plug in the directory where the files are into the "mydir" variable and save this script (say as "...
High-Level Steps to Merge Multiple Audio Book CDs
Read the "Meta Data Tips" below (it could save you some time).
Load CD 1.
Sort the tracks into the right order. [ Click Options > Get Track Names ]
Join the tracks. [ Click Edit > Select All and then Options > Join CD Tracks ]
Fill in the initial meta data (Author, Title, Spoken & Audio, etc.). [ ...
I do this in the terminal with ffmpeg.
Install ffmpeg. Download it from https://evermeet.cx/ffmpeg/, extract the 7z archive, and copy ffmpeg to /usr/local/bin. Alternately, if you use Homebrew, you can brew install ffmpeg.
cd into a directory containing all the audiobook segments you want to join together. Make sure the file path does not contain any spaces....
I created a free tool (Track Concatenator) to join together iTunes tracks. It uses ffmpeg and mp4v2 to merge files and it adds chapter markers so you can easily skip between the original tracks in the merged file.
More information: https://www.davidschlachter.com/misc/trackconcat
You can use online tools. There are several websites like Audio Joiner:
Choose files to upload. Select which audio files you want to merge.
Choose the settings for your output file. After selecting the
appropriate audios for merging, drag-and-drop them until they are in
the desired order.
Download a single big file.
I belive this is the most ...
I'm not sure why it assumes that files will automatically get imported into iTunes. When I tested just now, the file downloads, but I certainly have to take action beyond that to get it into iTunes.
To import the files into iTunes, go to File > Add to Library (Command-O), then browse to the folder where you downloaded the Audible file. Select the file(s) ...
Here in 2017 on Windows 10 64bit installing QuickTime 7.7.9 with all components installed allows Chapter and Verse to run. Otherwise it crashes.
It will however not start iTunes to do conversion and instead gives an error saying "the files cannot be used". For the conversion one must use a program like "fre:ac" to convert to ".m4a" which can then be used in ...
This link suggests using the freeware program called "Chapter and Verse" to merge chapters into an audiobook. The latest version is available for download. Note that:
Chapter and Verse requires that Apple Quicktime
and Windows Media Player be installed to run.
Non-AAC files are automatically converted using iTunes.
I use mp4v2 in my open-source app to join together iTunes tracks. You can install mp4v2 using Homebrew.
To add chapters, create a text file in the following format:
00:00:00.000 Name of first chapter
00:00:23.500 Name of second chapter
00:02:40.700 Third chapter, etc
You might be able to automate the creation of the chapter file by using ffprobe (see ...
First what I did was create a backup of the media folder (containing the imported files) under Music/iTunes/iTunes Media/Music/ARTIST/ALBUM
Then, I just deleted the entire collection on iTunes (Choosing delete songs instead of remove downloads). This deletes the copy store in iTunes folder, but not the backup I created.
Last, I just refreshed iTunes by ...
I found this solution to work:
Plug in your iPhone (or iPod or else, here we'll assume an iPhone) , fire iTunes
In iTunes, select all the songs in your Music (not in your iPhone)
Right-click and choose "Get Info"
On the window appearing, choose the "Option" Tab and select "Yes" for "Remember Playback Position"
Click OK to save and then synchronize your ...
If an MP3 has its Media Kind set to Audiobook (in the Options tab):
then iTunes will do some different things, compared to Music type tracks:
Audiobooks will appear in their own section of the iTunes library, rather than in the Music section. For me, it was a huge improvement to get these items out of my Music library.
If your Audiobook is a .m4b file, ...
Yes you can load audiobooks onto the shuffle, The amount you load depends entirely on the size of the books. But to answer your question a 5 CD audio book uses about 120mb of data.
The formatted iPod Shuffle has in the region of 1966mb of free space. So using those numbers you will fit on average 16 full audiobooks on to the iPod Shuffle.
You can download ...
I had a similar issue with the default music app and the Steve Jobs biography audiobook (ironically).
I had to manually delete the audiobook from my device by checking the box for Manually manage music and videos in iTunes, then delete the files, then re-add them again.
Have a look at the audiobook entries under your device in iTunes - mine had a sync icon ...
First, you can save some space by only up-converting to 128kbps m4a or even mp3, perhaps that is what you did already.
The metadata Kind should probably be set as "Music" if not already.
Finally, it's possible that Apple uses the audio fingerprinting to also detect whether it is music at all (but it seems unlikely).
I too have tried SpeedUp Player (the Lite version), and it does a good job with configuring the playback speed. However, it has one really annoying defect that makes it unusable: when your iPhone goes into rest mode, the app stops playing the book at the end of the audio track. With audiobooks have tracks going 3-5 minutes, I am constantly having to wake ...