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Jim Bonza
Nov 29, 2009, 07:21 AM
Hello Everyone,

I just bought an Ipod Classic for the sole reason of listening to my Audio CDs when I'm on the go.

The problem I am having is the best way to import them with Itunes.

One of these audio books is made up of 6 CDs.

So how can I import them so that when I turn on my Ipod, I can create a folder for each box set, then continue to the 6 CDs for playback?

P.S. Let me know if I am explaining this right, thanks!

- Jim



Blue Velvet
Nov 29, 2009, 07:33 AM
Hi Jim

When you import them, let iTunes automatically recognise them, and they should all have the same title but with the added tags of Disc 1, Disc 2 etc.

If they don't, you can tag them before you import them. Put the first CD in, wait for it to appear in the iTunes sidebar, then select the CD, go to the File Menu, scroll down to Get Info, then enter the title and so forth in the CD Info box. Keep the identical title and other info for each CD and make sure the Disc Number field says 1 of 6 or 2 of 6 etc.

This should ensure that iTunes and your iPod will see all six CDs as one volume, but will put them in the right order.

Jim Bonza
Nov 29, 2009, 08:27 AM
Hi Jim

When you import them, let iTunes automatically recognise them, and they should all have the same title but with the added tags of Disc 1, Disc 2 etc.

If they don't, you can tag them before you import them. Put the first CD in, wait for it to appear in the iTunes sidebar, then select the CD, go to the File Menu, scroll down to Get Info, then enter the title and so forth in the CD Info box. Keep the identical title and other info for each CD and make sure the Disc Number field says 1 of 6 or 2 of 6 etc.

This should ensure that iTunes and your iPod will see all six CDs as one volume, but will put them in the right order.

Thanks for your help, I'll get on this - may come back for questions.

- Jim

VirtualNsanity
Nov 29, 2009, 11:25 AM
I would also recommend importing them as an AAC file. It should be the default on iTunes these days, but it's worth making sure. This will allow you to get a smaller footprint with better sound than your typical MP3.

You can check simply by going to "iTunes" then "Preferences." From there you should see the Import Options button under the General tab. You can then choose your import type, showing the details of the compression.

Oh, and that way, if it is a scratched CD, you can turn on the disk correction feature, which takes longer, but is usually pretty good about getting around heavily scratched areas.

Hope that helps!

applesupergeek
Nov 30, 2009, 08:24 PM
I would suggest you choose top quality aac setting ONLY, and if you don't want to cram say 10,000 cds in an ipod classic, then apple lossless, to gauge size, estimate around 350 mb for each cd if encoded in apple lossless, and say 150 mb in top qual. aac settings, very rough estimates of course (someone might want to correct me with more accurate ones) but they work in figuring out how much space you need.