Desperately trying to load audiobooks from CD

Sorry to post a repetitous request but I still need help.  I have searched and read tons on threads on this topic, but many were so technical just got lost.  Finally found one (old post) which suggested using itunes to compress/combine the audiobook tracks so they would play as one.  the instructions were pretty simple and straightforward and seemed to work.  that is until I tried to find the file on my clip.  I did download the latest firmware first.  (had to reformat the clip after that and reload my audible files as they had disappeared). And I’ve copied the file that itunes generated (it says format MPEG-4audio in explorer) and put it in the audiobook directory.  but the clip doesn’t see it.  What did I do wrong and why is this so complicated!

Please help, I am so frustrated. 

long rant deleted in the interest of brevity…

OK.  Are you trying to move the audiobook files directly from the CD to your Clip?  The reason I ask is, files on a commercial CD generally are in a CD audio format, that digital audio players typically won’t play.  Rather, you need to “rip” the CD files into a computer format that the audio player will recognize, such as MP3, ogg vorbis, flac, wma, etc.  Ripping software is freely available on the Internet, such as CDex, and Windows Media Player will rip a CD as well.

For the Clip, you need to rip the files into a format that the Clip recognizes and supports.  The Clip does not support the MPEG-4 format (see the manual in the sticky threads at the top of the forum).

thanks.  I am ripping them to my computer first.  I had followed some instructions verbatim that someone had posted here a while back with regard to ripping them to my computer and compressing or consolidating them so they were not umteen zillion tracks.  the instructions didn’t specify which format, so I guess that was the format Itunes defaulted.  I’ll try again.  Is there another software preferable to Itunes?  I tried to use Microsoft Media player but it wanted to update and I never could get the update to finish.  Thus I tried Itunes.  I will check the manual for the formats.  Wish the manual was more robust for audiobooks.  I feel like a stepchild at this point, trying to listen to books instead of music ;-(

I don’t use iTunes but from what I gather, you can use iTunes to rip the files into MP3 format.  And then you simply would need to move the files onto your Clip.

Personally, I use CDex (Internet freeware) to rip my CDs, but it has a number of settings you need to set the first time through–definitely need to use the included Help file with that, to know what all the settings are and mean.  

You really shouldn’t feel like a stepchild!  People using the player for music have to go through much of the same.  It’s really just a matter of learning what you need to do the first time, and then it’s all downhill from there.

horay!  Once I changed the file type, it worked.  thanks for the help and encouragement.

That’s great to hear!  iTunes seems to make this a bit complicated to find, when it’s pretty simple in the end.

Indeed.  Itunes assumes we all have Apples, and if producing an Apple-specific output file causes grief, well, it wants you to buy an iPod.  I am glad you outsmarted the application before you were absorbed into the Matrix.

Bob  :smileyvery-happy:

well, at least the app doesn’t expect you to be a computer programer.  still wish Sansa provided better instructions.

You have a good idea there, in describing how to load audiobooks onto the Sansa.  Of course, there are several forms of audiobook: NetLibrary and Overdrive, which use their own “consoles”, and Audible, which uses the Audible Manager.

Loading audiobooks from CD is a little bit different from the casual CD rip, as there are so many files / chapters to keep track of.  A utility like MP3Tag is quite useful for renaming / consolidating those audiobook files.

Bob  (Gears turning…)  :smileyvery-happy: 

Hello. 

Please tell me how to properly add my ripped audiobook cds and audible audiobooks to Sansa clip!!!  I am using Windows Media Player 11.

They will add but not play, they just skip on through.

Many thanks!!!

What format are you ripping the CDs to?

@buddhafly wrote:

Hello. 

Please tell me how to properly add my ripped audiobook cds and audible audiobooks to Sansa clip!!!  I am using Windows Media Player 11.

 

They will add but not play, they just skip on through.

What format are you ripping the CDs to?

It sounds as if the files are DRM-protected.  By any chance, when you ripped the CDs, did you rip them into a protected format (such as WMA-Protected, which Windows Media Player may default to unless you change the setting)?

Or possibly WMA Pro (Lossless) which is _ not _ a supported format.

Hello. I am ripping them straight to Windows Media Player and it says Windows Media Audio file (.wma).

@buddhafly wrote:

Hello. I am ripping them straight to Windows Media Player and it says Windows Media Audio file (.wma).

The problem is the both regular WMA files and WMA Pro uses the same .wma file extension, so either your ripping in the Pro version (which as I said before is not a supported format) or the “Add Copy Protection” box is ticked in your Rip Settings adding DRM crud that “protects” you from listening to your own music.