Use iTunes to Convert MP3s to an Audiobook

Join Multiple MP3s Together to Make Your Own Audiobook

Audiobook Concept
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If you've got a series of recordings or ripped tracks from a CD-based audiobook that you want to splice together into an audiobook (similar to the M4B format), iTunes provides the means to do it.

Some media players even let you use the built-in bookmarking capabilities of some audiobooks to follow along with a book that takes hours to finish.

Use iTunes to Convert MP3s to Audiobooks

Follow these simple steps to learn how iTunes can join multiple audio files together to create an audiobook with chapters:

  1. Open your music library by choosing Music from the top left side of iTunes and then Library from the top center.
  2. Select the files that should be combined to make the audiobook. Hold down the Ctrl (Windows) or Command (Mac) key to select multiples.
  3. Right-click the highlighted files and choose Get Info.
    If you see a pop-up message asking if you want to edit information for multiple items, just click the Edit Items or Yes button to proceed.
  4. From the Details tab, put a check in the box next to Album is a compilation of songs by various artists.
  5. In the Options tab, click the drop-down menu next to "media kind" and choose ​Audiobook.
  6. Select the OK button.

You can find the audiobook iTunes created from the Books section at the top left side of the program. In there, choose the Audiobooks submenu at the left.

Tip: If you don't see that menu, choose Music > Edit Menu... and select Books.

Double-click the newly made audiobook to start playing it.

You should also see that the audiobook has multiple chapters that are the individual tracks which were combined earlier.

Rolling Back Changes

Do this if you want to reverse the above procedure to split your custom audiobook back into its original components:

  1. Right-click the audiobook in the Books category and choose Get Info.
  1. From the Details tab, uncheck that box that was enabled in Step 4 above.
  2. In the Options tab, change "media kind" back to Music.
  3. Click OK.
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