CD-audiobook to iPod

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  1. scaryspice

    scaryspice LE Moderator

    So obviously it's possible to do this but Googling leads me to all sorts of sites where I have no clue what they're on about. Can anyone tell me in simple, easy-to-understand language how do I rip a CD-audiobook onto my iPod nano without one 10CD book taking up the whole memory?

    I want it to take the minimum possible space while still being listenable to and the only vaguely useful software I have ATM is iTunes. I don't mind buying software that will help me do this properly if necessary.

    I assume it's necessary to convert the CD-audio files to something else to avoid having each CD take up 700 Mb or thereabouts on my iPod?

    Please help - I'm off on holiday soon and was hoping to avoid taking either piles of CDs or piles of books....
  2. scaryspice

    scaryspice LE Moderator

    Thanks Jaybee. I found a piece of software called MarkAble which does pretty much what is described in the link you gave but without so much fiddling about - i.e. it does all the ripping, converting and bookmarking for you and just tells you when to change the CDs!

    It's on a 5 day trial and after that it's 15 USD to purchase, which I will probably do. Only downside is the time taken. Took me almost three hours last night to do a 14 CD book from start to finish, but you end up with a ~250Mb file - exactly what I needed!
  3. There must be some sort of compression - I've just transferred 3 audiobooks (about 14 CDs in total), but they only seem to amount to 381mb in my iTunes folder.
  4. Their is inbuilt compression in iTunes. When you copy from a cd to your hard drive, depending on the settings in iTunes, a CD need not take more than 64megabytes.

    Obviously for quality sake you want it bigger. But you shouldn't require specialist software.
  5. Just go into iTunes preferences, select a lower quality encoding (go down from 128kbps to 64 or 32) as you don't need high quality for the spoken word. It is worth checking after the first one is imported that the quality is good enough for you and the file size is small enough for you. Adjust as necessary. No need to buy any other software.

    Then import the whol audiobook CD stack into iTunes and, once complete, go back in and change the setting back (otherwise future song imports will be poor).
  6. I don't trust iTunes, which is perhaps unfair of me, but I use Sony as a middleman. This means that if iTunes over-writes itself, I still have copy and also that when the tracks of the audiobook arrive in iTunes to go onto the iPod, the software doesn't realise it's dealing with something that came from a CD.

    One option is Sony's Sonic Stage which can be downloaded or comes with the cheapest of Sony's own MP3 players, another is the Digital Voice Editor software which comes with their voice recorders. These voice recorders are an useful way of recording things (like radio programmes from 'Listen Again') and bring with them software to edit and convert into a format that iTunes can see, and from which iTunes can convert to its own most efficient format, AAC.

    One snag using Sonic Stage, need to untick the box for it being the default setting for audio.

    If using Sonic Stage, I buy a pack of 50 blank CDs for around £10 or similar. Rip the tracks from the audio book CDs onto Sonic Stage library. Then use "Transfer - create an MP3 CD" to burn them onto blank CD.

    Can get quite a bit onto one CD in MP3 - I even managed the whole of War and Peace.

    Next, close Sonic Stage, open iTunes, and rip the tracks across from the MP3 CD you've just created.

    Realise this is a bit long winded, and that others will have something neater.