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Book CDs won’t appear in audiobook playlist

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Q: I have several books on CD that are not showing up in my audiobook playlist on the iPod. How do I take a book on CD and get it into this playlist?

- Jesse

A: The audiobook playlist on the iPod, unfortunately, does not look for the genre of your audio files, but looks for the file type. Files must be what is called “bookmarkable” in order to show up in that playlist. (Audiobooks purchased from the iTunes Music Store or are automatically in this format.) Only AAC files can be bookmarkable; you can find out how to make the change in our recent article The Complete Guide to iPod Audiobooks.

If your audiobooks are in MP3 format, you can convert them all to AAC, then make them bookmarkable, though this may be a lot of work. (However, bookmarkable files are much better, since they hold your place when you stop listening to them.)

Another solution is to create your own Audiobook playlist to which you manually add all your audiobook files. Or, if your audiobooks are tagged by genre as Audiobook, then you can access them by selecting Music > Genres > Audiobooks; it’s one level below the built-in Audiobook playlist, but it will save you from converting your files.

Kirk McElhearn is the author of several books including iPod & iTunes Garage. His blog, Kirkville features articles about the iPod, iTunes, Mac OS X and much more.

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Posted by cibola on June 16, 2005 at 11:27 PM (CDT)



I recently upgraded my hard-drive - in the process my itunes music library was lost. I recovered it eventually, but I no longer have my playlists!

My playlists are still all on my ipod, though. Surely there is a way to recover my playlists?

Could someone please shed some light on this?


Posted by razza on June 17, 2005 at 8:18 AM (CDT)


Um.. yea I have a question.. Does this thing cost anything and can I use this thing to download music onto my ipod?.. and if so will that cost anything? please respond asap

Posted by Vanna_N_Ricky on June 17, 2005 at 11:35 AM (CDT)



I have two questions;

I just bought a new 6Gb mini pod a few weeks ago and have so far been happy, well that was till I bought “Coldplay’s” new album and “Gorilla’a” new ablbum, both with copy protection.

What can I do to get these two purchased albums onto my ipod?

Second questions my ipod seems for no reason to go into “pause” mode, at first I thought I had knocked the button, but later realised that it was not the case.

I can not work out if it is the head phone jack that has something to do with it or if it is the hold button or both, any ideas what it could be.

Any help appreciated.

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Posted by alexchelleri on June 18, 2005 at 9:43 PM (CDT)



I asked the forum about my playlist issue - people have checked it out but no-one’s responded, so i figure it’s a tricky one.

After upgrading my hard drive, I lost my itunes library, then recovered it - minus my playlists.

I still have my playlists on my ipod, so is there a way to restore my playlists in itunes using my ipod or using some other way?


Posted by razza on June 19, 2005 at 12:29 AM (CDT)


How Come… Whenever I import songs into iTunes and no matter what EQ Setting I put in iTunes my song’s vocals alway sound really quiet?



(If you wish to respond to this query please email iGaz: “[email protected]”)

Posted by iGaz ---> 10GB 3rd Gen iPod on June 19, 2005 at 6:23 AM (CDT)


help! ok so i tried to import my songs and what not, pretty much everything mentioned here, and i can not get all of my music from my ipod into my library, what should i do, i need a free way to do this

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Is there a way to create a nice printable list of the songs, artist and albums of my itunes library? How?

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I’m not really a “computer guy”, so i jut bought a new powerbook G4 and I was wondering if there was any simple explanation of how to transfer my excisting itunes library on my PC desktop to my new laptop. Any help would be greatly appreciated

Posted by Pmutt on June 22, 2005 at 5:03 PM (CDT)


“Is there a way to create a nice printable list of the songs, artist and albums of my itunes library? How?

By kahunav on 06.20.05 at 07:37 PM”

Easy peasy…

(1) Load iTunes
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(3) ...And click print from the “file” drop-down menu
(4) The print menu will come up: click “song listing”
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Posted by ghjcrazy on June 23, 2005 at 7:37 AM (CDT)

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