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Importing music as audiobooks

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By Jesse Hollington

Social Media & Software Editor, iLounge
Published: Friday, October 8, 2010
Articles Categories: Ask iLounge, iPod classic, iTunes

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Q: I’m having trouble adding audiobooks to my iPod classic. I bought several audiobooks off eBay and when I try to add them to my iTunes library they come in under Music. When I listen to music on shuffle mode I end up getting random blurbs from the audiobooks. Any help would be appreciated.

- Richard

A: Any new audio tracks that you import into your iTunes library always default to being categorized as music, however you can change this by editing the track properties after you’ve imported the track. Simply select the track(s) in iTunes and choose File, Get Info from the iTunes menu to open the track properties, and then select the “Options” tab. From here, you should see a “Media Kind” field that you can use to reclassify the item as a Podcast, iTunes U episode, Audiobook or Voice Memo.

Changing this field to “Audiobook” will make the track appear in the “Books” or “Audiobooks” section in iTunes and on your device. However if you want it to be skipped during shuffled playback, ensure that you also check the Skip when Shuffling option found on the same screen. You may also want to check Remember playback position if you want iTunes and your iPod to remember where you left off when you stop listening.

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I just wanted to know, i bought a couple of movies from itunes a while back, but unfortunately my computer crashed, now that i got it fixed, can i still download my movies for free or do i have to buy them again?

Posted by Mike on October 8, 2010 at 3:03 PM (PDT)

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