Hopefully somebody here can point me in the right direction but I’m currently going round in circles trying to get some audiobooks on my wife’s Sansa Sport to be usable.
The firmware in the Sansa Sport is 1.29. I’m also using Mp3tag v2.75 with tools/options/tags/mpeg/write set to ID3v2.3 ISO-8859-1.
I have ripped one book that’s spread across 8 CDs - 185 tracks if I remember correctly. (Ripped with Windows Media Player to WMA files). I’ve put these in a directory structure <author>\<title>\<files>. Using Mp3tag the files are named <disc><track>.wma (ie 101.wma,201.wma,…824.wma). The fields “artist” and “album artist” are set to the author’s name. The field “album” is set to the book’s name. I’ve set the “track” field to <disk><track> so it starts at 101 and then goes on 102,…124,201,202…824. I set the “title” field to <disc>.<track> (eg 2.08). The “genre” field is set to “audiobook”.
The other set - 33 CDs with a range of books I’ve treated in a similar fashion. The filenames are sequential being <disc><track>.wma. The directory structure is <author>\<category>\<book>\<tracks>. In this case there are only about five tracks per book. In each category the book titles have been set to “01 book title” “02 book title” and so on so that they are in the correct sequence if sorted alpabetically.
I’ve then copied the directory structure across to the “audiobooks” directory of the Sansa Sport. What I’ve ended up with, having selected “Books” then “audiobooks” is a list of ALL the titles. I would have hoped that the list at this level should just be the authors.
Selecting any of the books from the second set of CDs I find a nicely ordered list showing the 5 or so tracks in order. If I go into the book from the first set of CDs I find the list starts with 4.01 - not 1.01. After all the “4.” tracks the “7.01” tracks start but “2.01” is slipped in between “7.12” and “7.13”…and so it goes on.
Neither the Sansa manual nor Google has been any help in spelling out how the Sansa Sport goes about building its display data for the audiobooks and how it displays it. I (naively?) assumed that it would start off with a field like “album artist”, then “album”, then “title”. One would hope the last would be in track order but from other comments I’ve seen it might be in alphabetical order. My experience is that there’s an element of randomness thrown in.
I realise one solution to this would be to ignore the “audiobooks” option and just use “folder” to navigate to the right directory, but I would like to know HOW the “audiobooks” option is supposed to work. Which of the ID3 tag fields does it use? What does it do with the information it finds? Anyone know?