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How do I convert audio tracks in my music Library in iTunes to Podcasts or Audio Books so they don't play with my music?

Updated on January 9, 2014

So you have your iPod and you're excited to take advantage of its many uses: not only can it be used to play music, but you can also play podcasts as well as tracks from audiobooks.

However, these additional files pop up on your music playlists when you're trying to listen to just tunes. How do you prevent this?

It depends on the formats of your files. For a file to be considered an audiobook file, the format must have .aa or .mp4b suffixes. Anything with the .mp3 suffix will be played as music.

How do you convert your audiobook files to the appropriate format? Try this:

First, join all of the audiobooks tracks, if they are all different. You might as well. You can do this by inserting your audiobook CD, selecting all the tracks, and choosing "Advanced," then "Join CD Tracks." This will make for just one easy file to deal with.

Next, you convert the file to the desired format by going to "iTunes Preferences," then "Advanced," and "Importing," then choosing AAC Encoder from the Import Using pop-up menu. Go to Setting, then Custom. Choose 64 kbps from the Stereo Bit Rate pop-up menu, then click OK.

Choose the file you want to convert, then go to "Advanced," then "Convert Selection to AAC." Once the conversion is complete, go to "File," "Show in Finder" for Mac, for "File," "Show in Windows Explorer" for Windows. Choose the file and change the suffix to .m4b or the others listed above. You're going to have to delete the track from the iTunes library, then re-import the desired track.


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    • OpinionDuck profile image


      8 years ago

      Thanks for the info

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      8 years ago

      I use MelodyCan. It is the best, easiest and fastest converter I found. You can try it)

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      9 years ago

      what do you do if show in finder (windows) is greyed out?

    • audiobookstef profile image


      9 years ago from Paris France

      Okay I will try do as you say

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      Tim Martin 

      10 years ago from Oakland

      Thanks! This worked great!

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      10 years ago from Aurora

      Excellent information, thanks.

    • ahmu profile image


      10 years ago

      nice topic :)

    • glassvisage profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Northern California


    • fishskinfreak2008 profile image


      10 years ago from Fremont CA

      "usic" should be "music"


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