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Creating a Custom iTunes Audiobook From Multiple MP3s

By May 25, 2012

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You can use a dedicated software program such as an audio editor to merge multiple audio files into one audiobook, but why do that when you can just use iTunes instead?

If you've already got iTunes installed on your machine, then adding more space-hogging software to your computer's hard drive might be unnecessary if you just want the basics. Rather than wasting time (and possibly money) on third-party software, you might find that the facility in iTunes to combine multiple MP3 files into one audiobook could be the perfect solution.

Using this often overlooked feature enables you to create customized audiobooks which are similar (but not identical) to the ones that come from the iTunes Store -- normally in the M4b audio format. It's also a non-destructive technique that doesn't make any permanent changes unlike direct methods such as waveform editing.

If you have ripped an audiobook from a CD for example, then the tracks will probably be encoded as individual audio files. Combining these files with iTunes into one audiobook gives you the added advantage of bookmarking which you don't get with standard files. In fact, this is an ideal way of listening to any type of voice recording because you can automatically bookmark the playback position at any time. This handy feature saves you from having to remember where you got to next time you want to listen.

If you've got a selection of audio files in your iTunes library that you'd like to splice together, then we've written a handy tutorial to get you started. For more information on how to do this, read our article on How to Create an Audiobook in iTunes Using Multiple MP3s.

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