how to transfer audio books to sansa

I have audio books on CDs that I would like to transfer to my sansa.  How do I go about doing that?  Need step by step instructions.  Thanks,

Step by step instructions

Hmm…  I think those instructions are a good explanation for why so many people ask “how come my audiobook plays out of order” and “I transferred my audiobook - where’d it go”?  I think audiobooks need their own instructions!  Those instructions do not address the fact that audiobooks typically span several CDs so there’s the additional challenge of keeping the tracks in order, and WMP only pushes to the Music directory so you’ll need to set the genre to “Audiobook”.

There should at least be a “sticky” on the forum with those instructions!

Try this discussion for a little more information.  There’s many more if you search for audiobooks.

I’ve been doing a lot of this recently.

First of all, it can be really challenging to get WMP to rip anything less than 128 kbps.  although the option is there under rip Options, it won’t work (WMP 11).  So I used Media Monkey to get the rip.

It’s kind of amazing how many oprofessionally published audiobook CD’s have really lousy track/tagging data.  I’ve had one where disc two was labeled as disc one and vice versa. Many times you get no chapter info, just track numbers.  AND< if you have 12 CD’s to rip, you have a big headach getting all CD’s dumped into one file.  You have 12 different Track 01 for instance.  You have to code the disc #:    Disc 1/12, 2/12, etc in MP3 Tag and then dump them all into one folder.  It can be a process.

I wish there was something that scanned all 12 folders for each CD and could sequentially number the tracks 1 to 1200 or whatever.

There are lot’s of “bulk file renaming” tools out there that can do that.

Personally, I use PyRenamer since I’m a Linux user.  Technically it could be used in Windows too, but unless you happen to be  familiar with running Python scripts in Windows, you’d be better off looking for a native windows app.

It’s still a multi-step process, but it’s not too bad once you get used to it.

For example, if I was going to do what you suggest and renumber everything from 1 to XXX in pyrenamer and I had filename conflicts so that I couldn’t just dump them all in one folder then I’d do one folder at a time using {num} for the first folder and let’s say there are 21 tracks in the first folder, so i’d then do {num+22} on the second folder and if there were 25 tracks in the second folder then {num+28} on the third folder, etc, etc. It goes pretty quick once you gain a little confidence in how to use the tool.

After I get all the filenames fixed how I want, then I use a tagging tool to create the mp3 tags.

But if you REALLY want to do it in a single step, then you’ll need to write a script to do it,

when   i transfer mp3 audiobooks to my fuze they just go1234 and don’tstop I must transfer them to computer then to fuze please help

Not stopping usually means they are a file format the Fuze can’t read–it shows you the filename but since it can’t read it, it can’t play it and moves on to the next.

Are you sure they are mp3?

There are some audiobooks which have maybe 8-12 files for the entire publication.  One CD or tape = one mp3 file.  That’s cool because it’s easier to deal with tagging and formatting.  But it’s a bit harder to use with the player since if you need to go back you have to carefully monitor the rewind since you can be off by a LOT when you start play again. 

On the other hand, although publications which have the chapters divided up into 2-5 minute tracks are easier to listen to and rewind, they are more problematic to tag.  Especially if you have 12 CD’s with 50 or so tracks in each.

I’l have to look around for a “bulk renamer” before I do the mp3tag work.

Using WMP (and anything Microsoft) makes things harder.

I use Ubuntu and an app called RubyRipper.  You need to install “restricted extras” to a base Ubuntu install in order to rip to .mp3.  This is very simple to do.

Ruby Ripper has a setting under Preferences to “rip all tracks as single file.”

I create a folder for the entire book.  Manually name it the book’s name or something at least recognizable, then start ripping each CD as one single .mp3 file.  Manually name each rip numerically.  Have to name them starting with “01”, not “1”.  Example: 1st CD of “Farewell to Arms” would be “Farewell-01.mp3”. 

Stack all the individual rips into the book folder, then transfer to the Fuze.  The Fuze recognizes the main folder as it was named, then finds the individual rips and plays each book in order.

May be a little old-school, but my wife just wants to be able to find the next book and start playing it so it’s worked well for us.  We’ve found it’s MUCH more convenient to start/stop/pause on the Fuze with each book ripped to one file instead of all those 3 minute tracks.