Convert mp3's to m4b with chapters

Posted on 2009-04-29
Last Modified: 2013-11-24
I just bought an Ipod Classic, and am trying to use the audiobook feature. I have several mp3's that I have converted into a single m4b, but I would like to be able to skip between chapters (mp3's) on the Ipod. When I click the forward- or backward button it only skips 'til the beginneing or the end.
Is there any way to do this? Preferrable a freeware conversion program, but a commercial one will do as well.

Question by:rayves
    LVL 12

    Expert Comment

    First, you will need to convert the MP3s to AAC.  You can do this in Itunes by highlighting the MP3s, right clicking and selected CREATE AAC VERSION.  

    Then, you can either go to your MY MUSIC folder and manually rename them to m4b, or you can use the following software:

    LVL 2

    Author Comment

    This is the software I used to convert the mp3's to a single m4b file and it works like a charm, but I'm not able to use the forward- and backward button to skip chapters (mp3) within the audiobook file.

    Is there any way to make my Ipod able to do that, or is this as good as it gets?
    LVL 12

    Accepted Solution

    To be honest, I've never used this software.

    The way that I do it (and I'm an audio book nut) is I convert all the MP3 files to AAC through ITunes and then manually rename each file to m4b.  This way you still have individual files that you Ipod recognizes as audiobooks.

    Write Comment

    Please enter a first name

    Please enter a last name

    We will never share this with anyone.

    Featured Post

    Highfive + Dolby Voice = No More Audio Complaints!

    Poor audio quality is one of the top reasons people don’t use video conferencing. Get the crispest, clearest audio powered by Dolby Voice in every meeting. Highfive and Dolby Voice deliver the best video conferencing and audio experience for every meeting and every room.

    Suggested Solutions

    Troubleshooting Apple Desktops has its challenges just like any component of high technology and innovation. Some hardware issues within Apple Desktops, are fairly simple to resolve and have straight-forward procedures. With other hardware probl…
    How can this article save you time AND money?  In just a few minutes you may discover something you didn't know existed that is easy enough for you to fix yourself!
    Access reports are powerful and flexible. Learn how to create a query and then a grouped report using the wizard. Modify the report design after the wizard is done to make it look better. There will be another video to explain how to put the final p…
    Here's a very brief overview of the methods PRTG Network Monitor ( offers for monitoring bandwidth, to help you decide which methods you´d like to investigate in more detail.  The methods are covered in more detail in o…

    759 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

    Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

    Join & Ask a Question

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    8 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now