Use iTunes to Convert MP3s to an Audiobook

Join multiple MP3s to make your own audiobook

What to Know

  • Select the files in the music library and go to Get Info > Spoken Word > Album is a compilation of songs by various artists > Audiobook.
  • Find the audiobook in the Audiobooks drop-down menu.

This article explains how to create audiobooks with chapters from MP3s in iTunes and how to rollback changes in Windows or Mac.

Use iTunes to Convert MP3s to Audiobooks

If you have a series of recordings or ripped tracks from a CD-based audiobook that you want to splice together into an audiobook, iTunes provides the means to do it.

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

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 click Library at the top center of the screen.

    Music dropdown menu and Library tab in iTunes
  2. Select all the files you want to combine to make the audiobook. Hold down the Ctrl key in  Windows or the Command key on a Mac to select multiple files.

    Multiple audio files selected in iTunes

    These files need to be spoken word mp3s, not music, or it won't work.

  3. Right-click the highlighted files and choose Get Info.

    Get Info contextual menu item in iTunes

    If you see a pop-up message asking if you want to edit information for multiple items, click Edit Items to proceed.

  4. In the Details tab of the information window that opens, choose Spoken Word as the Genre.

    Spoken Word genre dropdown in iTunes Get Info box
  5. Place a check in the box next to Album is a compilation of songs by various artists.

    Album is a compilation of songs by various artists checkbox in iTunes
  6. In the Options tab, click the drop-down menu next to media kind and choose Audiobook.

    Audiobook media type dropdown in Options tab of iTunes' Get Info box
  7. Click the OK button.

    OK button in iTunes Get Info box

You can find the audiobook iTunes created in the Audiobooks section. Choose it from the drop-down menu.

Audiobooks media dropdown menu in upper left corner of iTunes

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 that you combined.

Note that this does not create a M4B (audiobook) file. For that, you will need a third-party app, like LibriVox.

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 Audiobooks category and choose Audiobook Info.

    Audiobook Info contextual menu item in iTunes
  2. In the Details tab, uncheck that box next to Album is a compilation of songs by various artists.

  3. In the Options tab, change media kind back to Music.

    Music media kind drop down menu item in iTunes
  4. Click OK.

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