If you listen to audiobooks, at some point you will find yourself with a collection of mp3 files, aac or audio CDs. The problem with these is they do not lend themselves to use on devices such as ipod or the iphone. These won't "remember" the current playback position for mp3 files e.g., if you pause a track then use your iPod to play something else, when you come back to the original track it will start playback right at the beginning. Very annoying. Unless you never ever need to use your iPod/iPhone for anything else while listening to a book. As for CDs...who listens to CDs nowdays? Rip it to mp3 or aac and use Audiobook Wizard to enter the modern age. Audiobook Wizard takes in any number of mp3 or aac audio files and basically joins them into one huge audiobook file, complete with chapter markers so you can easily skip back and forth between chapters. Each file that you provided as input becomes one chapter point. It is iTunes friendly and will tag the file with metadata tags that iTunes understand e.g., title, artist, album and even cover artwork. Hooray!
Audiobook Wizard version 1.1 is free and will always be free for download. However, since end-2011, I've decided to sell version 2.0 and above in the Mac Appstore. This decision didn't come easy but Audiobook Wizard isn't my day job and so what little I could make from the Appstore is helpful for me to maintain and improve the app. I know the app is far from perfect and I've got so many ideas for improvements that I don't exactly have time to pursue right now. I do hope you will be patient and Audiobook Wizard will get better over time.
The features of the Appstore version of Audiobook Wizard
- Accepts both mp3 and AAC (m4a) encoded files
- Simple operation. Default settings provide optimal experience.
- Can handle mix of mp3 and AAC files in one book
- Input files can have vastly different bit rates
- Useful when compiling audiobook from different sources e.g. lectures, mashups etc.
- Automatically and accurately generates multi volume audiobooks when necessary
- Ensures that size of each volume is acceptable to iTunes
- Correctly name each volume so iTunes can identify the playback order
- When unnecessary, reduces audiobook to one file for easy management
- Automatically add chapter markers to completed audiobook
- Chapters named according to input file name
- Chapters support multi language and mix language
- Easily jump to any chapter using iPhone playback control
- Capable of handling hundreds of files in one session
- Typical audiobooks ripped from CDs are less than 50 files
- User can tag audiobook with iTunes meta tags for title, author, comments and add album artwork
- This is optional but is useful for greater control over audiobook collection
- Automatically add the right meta tags to the audiobook so it will appear under Books category in iTunes
- Makes it easy to find and manage all your audiobooks and sync to your iPhone etc
- Once sync to your iPhone, it will appear under the Audiobook tab
- Can be played back at 1/2X, 1X, 2X speed with 30 sec rewind button
- Generated audiobooks will work with iPhone, iPad, iPod and any audiobook format capable players
Advantage of appstore version compared to version 1.1
I am an independent developer that started by giving away a similar app for free. The free app (version 1.1) is still available for download at my website. If you run OSX Leopard and lower version, version 1.1 is what you need. If you run Lion, only the appstore version will work for you. Folks on Snow Leopard can choose the appstore version or download version 1.1 for free. However, the appstore version is the latest and greatest and I hope you will buy a copy.
- Creates audiobooks much much faster
- Automatic generation of multi volume audiobooks
- Background encode process keeps your computer responsive during build
- Options free operation with preset optimal settings
- Supports AAC & MP3 file format
- Many many bug fixes
If you used version 1.1 before, please remember that the internals work differently from the appstore so your experience may not be similar. Also please review based on your experience with the appstore version not the free version. Thank you!