I have been having real problems with transferring foreign languages audio books to my MP3 player. My husband has been doing it for me, on the ground that it’s too hard for my poor old brain.
Well, my poor old brain has now learned a trick or two, and I thought it might be worth sharing. Thank you Alex for explaining some things to me!
Audio books don’t usually come as mp3s. Even if they say they are they may not be. There is this other file format called MPEG-2 (or mp2) which can look to your computer like mp3s, but if you play it and it sounds like the reader is speaking very fast while sitting in a metal box, it may be mp2.
This is what I do to get files from CD to my mp3 player:
Put the CD in the CD drive.
Open the CD drive with Windows explorer.
Copy the folder with the files you want onto your hard drive somewhere.
CHECK THAT THE TOP FOLDER (or any folders and files under it) ISN’T WRITE-PROTECTED (right-click and go into Properties in WIndows Explorer). Do not copy read-only-files onto your mp3 player or you may not be able to delete them without reformatting your mp3 player. I speak from experience here.
Open the files you have copied to the hard drive in Windows Explorer, drag them over to the iTunes library window, then select all the files, right-click on them and select convert to mp3. This will take a few minutes. If it is successful, the files will now sound like they should.
If you have an mp3 player like mine, it will only play the tracks in the right order if you set the track numbers on the file tags to be consecutive. In iTunes, right-click on each track, select Get Info and change the tags.
You don’t need to copy the files back from iTunes to Windows Explorer when you have finished. They never left Windows Explorer in the first place. Just copy using Windows Explorer from your hard drive to your mp3 player.
If your audio book comes in WAV format, I think the same procedure will convert WAV to mp3.
Some people’s mp3 players can play mp2s as long as they have the .mp3 file extension. I think if you have an Ipod it has the codex built in. My Creative Zen needs the files in mp3 format.
Hope this helps someone!