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I love listening to audiobooks.  I have bought them on CD and imorted them to iTunes using the (Join CD Tracks) feature.  My question is most audiobooks come on more than one CD, is there anyway to join CD to CD?

- Nick

A: Sure. You have several options, though none of these is in iTunes itself - you’ll need 3rd party software.

On a Mac, we’d recommend Doug’s AppleScripts’ Join Together 3.0, which itself is free, although it requires the $30 purchase of Quicktime Pro 7. If you have Apple’s free ChapterTool installed, Join Together will actually automatically create an “enhanced” AAC file that has bookmarks marking the beginning of each track (or CD, in your case). Incidentally, this AppleScript is also a neat way to reduce the gaps between songs on gapless albums such as Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon.” Totally free options such as ReJoiner are also available.

On a PC, we direct you towards to conduct a search for “MP3 Join,” for which dozens of software entries are returned. We invite our readers to provide specific recommendations in the comments thread below.

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I presume it would, because it is a standard USB port, but its ability to do so would make me more inclined to get one.

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Posted by t i m in TX on November 3, 2005 at 4:38 AM (CST)


also, if a video iPod ere connected to an airprt express, would it show up in iTunes?

Posted by jitaroo in TX on November 3, 2005 at 8:11 AM (CST)


tim -

I can sure try it for you later this evening, but yeah - it should work.

Posted by Jerrod H. in TX on November 3, 2005 at 10:08 AM (CST)


Re: Audiobooks

What I’ve been doing is joining all the tracks on one CD, then making it “Track 1” of however many discs there are. Thus Disc 1 of the latest Harry Potter is a roughly hour-long Track 1, Disc 2 is Track 2, etc. Probably not quite what you were wanting, but works pretty well for me and free as well.

Posted by WenchAmok in TX on November 3, 2005 at 8:37 PM (CST)


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Posted by Joe Ipod in TX on November 4, 2005 at 4:20 PM (CST)


Can you direct me to this product?

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Posted by banano in TX on November 5, 2005 at 12:24 PM (CST)


Re: Question #1, you don’t need three smart playlists to do this, only two:

“SPL1”: Match ANY
Podcast is true
Genre contains Technology

“Play Me”: Match ALL
Playlist is SPL1
Play count is zero

As you can imagine there are other nested playlist combinations that DO require 3, 4, 5, or more SPLs (be creative!) but this isn’t one of them.

Posted by nyorker in TX on November 6, 2005 at 4:36 PM (CST)


How long does a tune have to play before it is considered “played” and the play count incremented? If I play for 2 seconds then skip to the next song, is it considered that I “played” the song?

Posted by Countach in TX on November 7, 2005 at 2:35 AM (CST)


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Posted by JakeMartin in TX on November 10, 2005 at 9:24 AM (CST)


My son has bought an ipod shuffle but when we try to import music from itunes to the ipod it wont do it, it comes up with unknown error (36) any clues what to do?

Posted by maxine in TX on November 21, 2005 at 2:14 PM (CST)

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