The difficulty in copying multiple CD’s from an Audiobook is that frequently the files on the CD have the same names. CD1 would have files labelled Track 1, Track 2, …Track n and these would be the same names on the other CD’s for the AudioBook. There is no way to properly copy these to the Sansa Clip (or any other MP3 player) without first modifying the ID3 Tag structure of the files on these CD’s. What you must know is the Sansa Clip relies primarily on the ID3 tags associated with the audio files. The names really don’t matter and even what folder you make on the clip doesn’t matter. The other point to note is that putting them in the music files as verse to putting them in audiobook folder on the Sansa Clip is NOT the solution. You have to first rip the cd’s to an MP3 format and there are several programs (including windows media player) that you can use to do that. After you have them on your hard disk in a directory (I usually create one called Ripped) you can now modify the ID3 tags so the Sansa clip can properly handle the individual files on all the different CD’s you started with. The ID3 tag you are principally concerned with is the title tag. If you go into windows explorer and highlite the audio mp3 file and then right click and choose properties from the drop down menu. You then go to details (if you have Vista OS) or summary (if you have windows XP) and you will see a window with the ID3 Tags. These include: title, album artist, genre, #(track Number), and others. You are primarily interested in the title, album and genre. If you look at the title it might have track1 or cd1 track 1 or some other designation in it. You must make sure that the titles for each of the files on the one cd you ripped are different and identifiable by a numeric order like track1, track 2, … track n. The problem comes about when each of the Cd’s use the same title designations. You need to change this so on CD1 the titles for all the files look like: CD1 track 1, CD1 track 2, … CD1 track n and for CD2 the title look like: CD2 track 1, CD2 track 2, … CD2 track n. Now the Sansa clip can distinguish the different CD’s and still have an ordered approach to the individaul files on each CD. The track numbers actually represent the chapter numbers in the book on an individual CD.
Now for the hard part. How do you change the ID3 tags on your hard drive for these MP3 audio files. You cannot do it easily with windows explorer, or windows media player. You would have to go into each track on each cd and modify the name from say track1 to CD1 track1 on CD1 and then for all the other tracks on that CD1. Then you would have to repeat the process for all the other CD’s. The easy way to do this is to get the program MP3tags at this site: httx://www.mp3tag.de/en/index.html
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You might have to search on this page to get the download but it is free and it works. You can read the documentation about this program on the site page. I will show you one way I did it. You need to setup an action by clicking on the action link in toolbar of the MP3tag program.
Create a new action in an existing action group and choose Format value as action type.
In Field you can choose to which tag field the formatting rule should be applied.
In Format string enter the placeholder for the field selected above and the string which should be appended.
If you want to append the string " xyz" to the current value of the comment field:
Action type: Format value
Format string: %comment% xyz
Of course you can use this also to add "xyz " in front of the tag value or to copy one value to another field.
This info is available at this site: httx://forums.mp3tag.de/lofiversion/index.php/t980.html#entry4106
You need to try it and play with it. Replace x in httx with p http
This does work. I have several books loaded and playing on my Sansa Clip under Audiobook and they each show their own directory structure on the Sansa clip. I was not able to get help form Sansa Technical support on this issue as they told me I would have to do it windows media player and do it manually for each file on each CD. The only response they could offer is that it is the same on the other MP3 players out there. They had not heard of the program MP3 tags. It is great and really makes it easy to use the Sansa Clip. It would be nice if Sandisk would adopt this program and provide it with the Sansa clip and provide instructions for it similar to the one I outlined above. This is only the tip of the iceberg for this freeware program it can do a lot more. Try it.