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#1 User is offline   raddocmed 

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Posted 24 October 2008 - 07:36 AM

I have numerous books on CDs that I want to import to iTunes. Some of these have up to 20 CDs. Is there a way to link the CDs so that this would only be 3-5 selections on iTunes. In other words is there a way to link multiple CDs into single file similar joining tracks on CD to form single file on iTunes?
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#2 User is offline   Jon Seff 

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Posted 24 October 2008 - 08:40 AM

You can join the tracks of each CD into one using the Advanced: Join CD Tracks option in iTunes when you rip.

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Posted 25 October 2008 - 04:17 AM

As a maybe more flexible alternative to Jon's suggestion, throw all the audio
book CDs into the "audio books" library. Then create a folder under playlists
for the whole book. Within that folder create sub-folders for the related chunks.
Within the subfolders create playlists for each "audiobook" library entry.

This way you can change your mind about organization and not have to
re-import stuff.

Just my 2p.
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Posted 26 October 2008 - 06:27 PM

I know about joining tracks on single disc, but I'm looking to join several discs into single file. I want to take 15 CDs and make it into 3 or 4 parts. I don't want 15 separate files.
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Posted 26 October 2008 - 09:38 PM

Jon Seff keeps saying the join tracks works but it doesn't... (Hey Jon show
us a snapshot of the join tracks not dimmed and I'll believe you ...).

The only thing I've been able to do is to put all the files in a playlist and then
mark them all and do the get info on them and in there you can say they are part
of a compliation and try to mark them as save the place (I think it works okay for
me) but I'd wish the join tracks would work that way I can make the 159 tracks into
one track and make it book markable. But it seems everyone wants to charge you
for this simple thing.

Here's what I see:
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#6 User is offline   Jon Seff 

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Posted 26 October 2008 - 09:56 PM

Challenge accepted :)

http://forums.macwor...yimages/Picture 1.png

Insert a CD, select the tracks you want joined as one, and then pick Join CD Tracks.

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Posted 27 October 2008 - 07:39 AM

So there must be some subtle difference in the way we do it and the way you are doing things...?

I guess I'm asking for intricate details - because I live on audiobooks on the way to work . . .



I used to be able to join tracks and then make them bookmarkable without any 3rd party software.

I remember marking them and then choosing the join tracks and then a line would appear - to join

the tracks but that just isn't happening for me now . . .
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Posted 27 October 2008 - 08:10 AM

Tom, I haven't used the feature for a while, so it may have changed with iTunes 8 and I might not remember it. But what I did last night was put in a CD, select some of the tracks on the CD, and the option was available.

I'm sure you know this, but for the benefit of everyone, keep in mind that you can only join tracks when ripping from a CD...it doesn't work with files already in iTunes.

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Posted 27 October 2008 - 08:49 AM

Sorry for putting too fine a point on it but do you mean - don't import the tracks into iTunes?
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Posted 27 October 2008 - 08:56 AM

No, after you select which tracks to join, you then import the tracks into iTunes and the app does the combining part as it rips.

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Posted 27 October 2008 - 12:57 PM

Again I know about joining tracks on single CD. I want to join tracks found on numerous CDs. Say that a book has 15 CDs each with 15 tracks. I understand that I could import them as 15 CDs with joined tracks. I want to have only 3-4 parts not 15. Is there a program that allows you to join multiple CDs into single file, not multiple tracks on single CD into 1 file?
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#12 User is offline   Jon Seff 

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Posted 27 October 2008 - 01:35 PM

I was responding to Tom_Diola's questions previously. But you might want to take a look at Join Together.

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Posted 27 October 2008 - 02:11 PM

raddocmed said:

Again I know about joining tracks on single CD. I want to join tracks found on numerous CDs. Say that a book has 15 CDs each with 15 tracks. I understand that I could import them as 15 CDs with joined tracks. I want to have only 3-4 parts not 15. Is there a program that allows you to join multiple CDs into single file, not multiple tracks on single CD into 1 file?

-Hi,

I don't use audio books, but wouldn't this work using QTPro? I know, a question and not an answer. But QTPro allows you to copy/paste exactly what you want w/ music. And its pretty simple to save the new file w/ the combined tunes. 2 cents...
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