Consolidating audio books

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We reserve the right to edit questions for grammar, spelling, and length. At the most basic level you can import an audiobook CD into i Tunes in the same manner as you would any other type of CD—simply insert it into your optical drive and use the i Tunes import feature to copy the tracks into your library.

However, since you generally want your audiobooks to be treated a bit differently than music tracks, there are a few things to be aware of when importing an audiobook CD into your i Tunes library.

The first decision you need to make during the actual import process is how you want individual audiobook chapters or sections handled; many audiobook CDs are divided into separate tracks by chapter and by default i Tunes will import each track as its own file.

You can simply choose to import your audiobook in this manner and use a playlist to group all of the chapters together or you can use the You’ll probably want to select all of the tracks on the CD and join them into a single file for the entire audiobook, which will make it easier to deal with going forward.

Another consideration is whether you want to use a lower bit-rate for your audiobook in order to save space on your computer or mobile device.

Audiobooks are generally monaural spoken word and therefore don’t benefit from the 128kbps - 256kbps bit-rates that are typically used for music; in fact many digital audiobooks you purchase use a bit-rate in the 32kbps - 64kbps range depending on whether the source is mono or stereo.