How to Transfer Audio Books to iPod


An audio book is essentially just a very long song--it simply entails someone reading text instead of singing. With that in mind, it's extremely easy to transfer an audio book over to an Apple iPod using iTunes software. You can even download audio books directly from the iTunes store, and place them on the iPod from there. As long as the iPod has enough storage space to hold the entire book, the process is very smooth.

Things You'll Need

  • iPod and connector cable
  • computer
  • iTunes software
  • audio book
  • Open iTunes and insert the first disc of your audio book into your computer's disk drive. It should show up in your iTunes window. If it doesn't, click and drag the CD's icon to your iTunes window; that should automatically start the copying process.

  • Click the "Import" button on the iTunes window if the CD doesn't copy automatically (the button should be in the lower right corner). That will copy the audio book disc onto iTunes.

  • Label each of the newly-created files. In some cases, the software will do it for you, but not always. (It depends on whether the audio book is in iTunes' library or not.) It's very important to label each new file in the order it appears on the CD. Otherwise, the audio book will be read out of sequence.

  • Repeat Steps 1 through 3 with any additional CDs in the audio book until the entire book has been imported into iTunes.

  • Click "New Playlist" in the Files menu, then place all of the audio book's files into a single playlist. iTunes should do this automatically for you; if it doesn't, you can click and drag each audio book file into the newly created playlist.

  • Check the boxes next to each audio book file. (If the boxes aren't checked, the files won't copy over to the iPod.) Double-check the play order of the files one last time to ensure they're in the right order.

  • Connect the iPod to the computer using the connecting cable, then click on the iPod symbol when it appears in the iTunes windows. Press the "Sync" button in the lower right corner of the screen.

  • Wait until iTunes tells you that the sync is complete, then disconnect the iPod and check to see that the audio book is on the hard drive. You can then play the audio book as you wish.

Tips & Warnings

  • For audio books purchased directly through iTunes, you can ignore Steps 1 through 4. Once you download the book from the online store, it will appear in your iTunes folder and you can proceed from there.
  • Audio books are copyrighted works, which means you should never sell or distribute your iPod copy to anyone else.

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