How To: Converting audiobooks to show up in Audiobooks folder on iTunes 7.0
Posted on 21 Sep ’06 by Earl Moore
If you had audiobooks in your iTunes music library before you upgraded to iTunes 7.0 they may or may not being showing in the Audiobooks folder under Library in iTunes 7. If they aren’t, there’s a way to convert them so that they will. Follow the steps below:
1. Convert to AAC: If the audiobook files are not AAC format then convert them by selecting them and using the “Advance” : “Convert Selection to AAC”. If they are already AAC files then go to step #2.
2. Make Bookmarkable: You will need to install the iTunes AppleScript “Make Bookmarkable” from Doug’s Applescripts for iTunes. Instructions for installing this script come with the download file. You will need version 2+ of this script which has been changed to work on iTunes 7.
Once you’ve installed it, you would then select your audiobook files, converted to AAC, and run this script. The script will prompt for confirmation and let you know when it’s finished.
This script will change the file type of the selected AAC tracks to “M4B ” and file extension to “.m4b”, thus making them bookmarkable. (That is, the track will resume playing wherever you left off the last time you played it.) Additionally, when used with iTunes 7 or better, deletes and re-adds each track so it will appear in the Audiobooks Library. Ratings, play count, last played date, skip count, and skipped date are preserved.
Ã¢ v2.0 adds the delete and re-add routine for iTunes 7.
Ã¢ Latest version deletes and re-adds tracks even if their files’ extensions are already “.m4b”.
3. That it. As you run the script you will see the audiobook tracks disappear from the Music folder and appear in the Audiobooks folder in iTunes 7. Enjoy!