Audiobooks in Catalina

Discussion in 'macOS Catalina (10.15)' started by ecdc, Jun 29, 2019.

  1. ecdc macrumors member

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    Audiobooks are now found in Books in Catalina, which makes sense. Except I have a massive audiobook collection, over a terabyte worth of data. I don't keep this on my SSD in my MacBook Pro, but on an external drive. No problem with iTunes—just gotta make sure the external drive is plugged in so it finds the files.

    But with Catalina, it went to "move" my audiobooks to Books and gave me the error that there's not enough disc space. If I drag my audiobooks into Books, I'm assuming it's going to copy the files to a folder on my SSD, not just create a link to the file on the external drive like iTunes did. I see no option in preferences, again like iTunes had, to disable copying the actual file.

    Anyone played around with audiobooks to see how this works? And can I assume syncing audiobooks via Finder pulls that data from books? It's not just magically searching my drives for .m4b files, presumably. Thanks for any insight!
     
  2. IscariotJ macrumors 6502a

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    *sigh* this was my biggest fear when I saw that audiobooks would be handled like iOS. I have a Mac mini that hosts my iTunes library on an external Drobo, and there is no way the internal SSD can hold all my audiobooks :( I hope they change this behaviour before release.....
     
  3. chabig macrumors 603

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    Me too. I'm not worried. I'm confident that either 1) it will works when Catalina is released, or 2) there will be an easy way to point the apps to the files on Drobo, either using an alias or some kind of link.
     
  4. IscariotJ macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not too confident, I don't think Apple consider people that have non-iTMS / Bookstore media a priority. I'm still waiting for the return of the ability modify the metadata on books ( I'm presuming the same functionality is missing for audiobooks, too ). Can see my mini staying on Mojave....
     
  5. iMacDragon macrumors 68000

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    at least submit feedback reports about extermal media support drop
     
  6. JohnnyGo macrumors 6502a

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    I solved the storage issue for my audiobooks by leaving most of them on the cloud and hosting internally only half a dozen books on my devices. But I’m a long time audible subscriber.

    Apple audiobooks can be download from the store at anytime right?

    My downloaded collection is hosted in my NAS and I manage those manually when it comes time to listening them.
     
  7. ecdc thread starter macrumors member

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    Same. It's not exactly ideal but it works. If you've got your audiobooks in a cloud service or on an external drive, only add those you want to listen to at the time to Books, then delete them when you're done and add the next batch. A few extra steps but it only takes a minute.
    It would be nice if this is updated in the future. I'm currently living in some strange phantom zone where Finder still sees all of my audiobooks that were in iTunes but of course it can't copy them because the physical mb4 files aren't in Books.
    Also, it's 2019...why am I still manually syncing audiobooks to my phone? Adding m4b files to Books on my phone should be a breeze from iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive...whatever. But, unless I'm missing something, it's not an option.
     
  8. andyru macrumors newbie

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  9. andyru macrumors newbie

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    I have a 2tb ssd which is now full because all my audio books were copied across. I read that there were 2 methods copy across or index in place. Index kept reporting an error 'no space'. Import of course copies everything to local hard disk.
    There was no capacity to access the books at all other than these 2 methods. I used the feedback assistant and said i wouldn't have installed catalina if i had known this.
    I looked up multiple methods to downgrade but i use time machine. Time machine had been reformatted for catalina so i had no uptodate backup from which to restore. So stay where you are and hope for the best or reformat and start again with a fresh install. Life is too short for these "BETA' releases.
     
  10. IscariotJ macrumors 6502a

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    The option to add audiobooks from external sources in Books on iOS / iPadOS, along with the option for audiobooks to get synced via iCloud, would solve so much for me....
     
  11. Ansath macrumors regular

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    I've got an annoying issue where I cannot sync 3 of my 30 audiobooks to my iPhone. all 3 are from Audible, I have others from Audible, that moved over ok and were from Audible, all from the same account and all play fine on my Mac. They play in the Audible app, but I prefer the Books app.

    This is the error that comes up (swapped my iPhone's name out):
    Some items, including “Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon”, were not copied to the iPhone “myiPhone” because they cannot be played on this iPhone.
    “Good Omens” was not copied because the file type is not supported by the iPhone “myiPhone”.
    “Aftermath: Star Wars (Unabridged)” was not copied because the file type is not supported by the iPhone “myiPhone”.
    “Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon” was not copied because the file type is not supported by the iPhone “myiPhone”.

    Anyone else had this? Any fixes?
     
  12. page3, Aug 13, 2019
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    Like others this will be a big problem for me. I find Audiobooks within Books a pain, much better in iTunes.

    I'm experimenting with storing my books within Plex and using local Plex players to access them. On iOS I'm using an application called Prologue instead of the Plex App as it is specifically designed for audiobook playback, including CarPlay support.

    For anyone interested take a look at https://www.reddit.com/r/PleX/comments/cffe27/prologue_an_audiobook_app_for_plex_ios_now/ The advantage of Plex is that you can stream or download your audiobooks as you choose.
     

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