Ah, Tapeworm, you’re a speed demon. If needed, here’s the process in a little more detail.
Rip from CD to mp3, edit (if necessary) the ID3 tags (which are what you’ll see displayed on the Fuze as Album, Artist, etc.) and drag-and-drop the folder onto the Fuze.
You like iTunes? Let’s use it, for the moment, just as a ripper: to make mp3s.
Under Edit/Preferences/Advanced, under General, pick a new folder to import the books for this experiment. Call it whatever you want, like, just to be creative, Books. (After this experiment, don’t forget to change it back if you have another place where you were keeping your iTunes stuff.)
Still under Edit/Preferences/Advanced, go to Importing and Import Using: mp3 encoder. I use “Higher quality (192 kbps)” for music, but you might not need that for audiobooks. Make sure “Automatically retrieve CD track names from Internet” is checked.
Save those changes. Now let’s rip: Insert the CD and import it. When it’s done, there should be a bright shiny new folder of mp3s in Books or whatever you called it.
Now check the tags. Get the free and clever mp3tag and install it. Change one default setting. Under Tools/Options/Tags/Mpeg you want it to write ID3v2.3 ISO-8859-1, which is the Fuze’s favorite tag-flavored breakfast. Save that, never worry about it again.
Go to your newly ripped folder in Books and right-click and you’ll see mp3tag in the menu. Choose it, and mp3tag will display the files in the folder.
Now take a look. The left column, I hope, will have the files in the correct order, top to bottom.
See what you got as tags for Album, Artist, etc. That’s what you’ll see on the Fuze. Keep them or change them if you want–just highlight all the tracks, fill in the field, and Save (under file).
Now look at the Track column (you might have to scroll over) and it should have them listed 1/200 (or whatever), 2/200, etc. iTunes likes those slashes, but the Fuze would prefer them as just 01, 02, 03, and mp3tag can do that instantly. Highlight the list, go to Tools/Auto-Numbering Wizard and check the Leading zeros option. Click and watch all the track numbers get fixed. You’ve also changed all the tags to ID3v2.3 ISO-8859-1, which is good. Close mp3tag.
OK, now we’ve got a folder of mp3s with yummy tags for the Fuze. Put the Fuze in MSC mode (Settings/System Settings/USB mode/MSC) and connect it and open Computer or My Computer (Vista/XP). Make a new folder on the Fuze with a clever name like, oh, Books, or anything else you want. Drag your book into there. Disconnect, the Fuze will refresh and you should have a book ready to go.
It took you longer to read this than the entire process will need.
If the experiment works, you can find your other ripped books, run mp3tag on them to get the Album, track numbers and ID3 version right, and drag them over too. No Rhapsody, playlists or WMP necessary.
Message Edited by Black-Rectangle on 08-29-2009 10:51 AM