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Audiobooks in Big Sur - Still broken?

Wayfarer

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As some of you are aware, syncing Audiobooks is still broken in Catalina. With Big Sur on the horizon, do any beta testers know if this is being fixed?

I would like parrot what previous users said in this thread, and also this thread regarding the broken state of audiobooks in Catalina...

💬 "After recently upgrading to Catalina, Apple forced me to move my extensive audiobook collection to Books. I have tons of audiobooks ripped from CDs and some swapped with people since the 90s. Some of the files had wonky naming, like different capitalisation here and there. This was no problem in iTunes, as you simply associated them with the same album and there was no problem... In Books, those were imported as different books. That being bad enough, I was thinking to simple re-edit the titles and albums as I was used to from iTunes. Well ... turns out you CAN NOT EDIT ANYTHING in this piece of **** called Books. NOTHING!!! ...Years of grooming a collection gone down the drain." - Ion Tichy

💬 "My biggest frustration with audio books in MacOS Catalina is that the Books app doesn't let you edit the tag/art of your books.... There is now no native way to edit m4b tags in Catalina." - straddle

💬 "I listen to audiobooks ALL the time. The way I've been doing it is downloading into iTunes, then dragging and dropping onto my iPod... Now when I plug my iPod Nano into my Macbook, it shows up in Music but not in Books....so I don't have any idea if I can even load books onto my Nano anymore!... VERY frustrated. I wish I'd never updated to Catalina... I feel like no one in the design considered how people use audiobooks. It's all about music" -Bodiccea
I've been avoiding Catalina precisely because I have a large audiobook collection pulled from physical CDs I've collected over the years. I need to be able to edit the metadata and edit album art, like we used to in iTunes. Unfortunately this is broken in Catalina. Right now, I am forced to sync my devices on a second older computer on High Sierra that has my proper audiobook library. Such a hassle.​
This would be my top feature. I really, really, really want to be able to NATIVELY sync and manage my custom audiobook library effortlessly again...​
 
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Wayfarer

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Nope, still the same in Big Sur ( I've been running the developer betas ). I've raised a bug / feature request for it, but I doubt it'll ever get fixed... This is reason my Mac Mini is still still on High Sierra ( that, and the internal drive isn't big enough for my audiobooks to be relocated to it... ). TBH, I'd even settle for iCloud syncing....
Thanks for your response in the Catalina thread! That's a shame.

For greater visibility, I also summarized and reposted this here at the Big Sur forum.

Maybe if we all send feedback requests, someone will take notice? This is my #1 top feature request and would make Big Sur a HUGE update for me.
 
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LizKat

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I'm not running the Big Sur beta but I'm all in on feedback trying to get improvements to Books app and in particular the audiobooks issues. Thanks for this thread.
 
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Krenzel

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Now that Big Sur is out, here is my question: does it permit one to sort audiobooks by author?

I'm still running Mohave as I have hundreds of audiobooks in iTunes and it would be very difficult to find anything were they to be automatically sorted by title, as is the case with Catalina.
 
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LizKat

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Now that Big Sur is out, here is my question: does it permit one to sort audiobooks by author?

I'm still running Mohave as I have hundreds of audiobooks in iTunes and it would be very difficult to find anything were they to be automatically sorted by title, as is the case with Catalina.


The Books app for MacOS sure does seem like a neglected "child" at Apple. In Catalina I have really missed not being able to play audiobooks in iTunes because I could opt for the mini-viewer window, and there isn't one in Books.

And Books doesn't consistently pay attention to the system's option to display an app's windows in only a specified desktop Space either. Only option to keep the audiobook in hearing but out of my way on the laptop screen is to start the audiobook and then hide the app. Which makes it harder to pause, navigate, etc.

I've put feedback in to Apple on this stuff but the fact that they're now bragging on being able to use certain apps on either iOS or MacOS does not make me think my objections to deficiencies of the MacOS Books app are going to be addressed.

Apologies for this post if Apple has done something totally wonderful w/ Books app in Big Sur...
 
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