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Background and Tools

An audiobook for iPod or a "m4b" file, is nothing more than a chapter-index audio file (usually encoded to aac). Multiple tools can be used to create these: Template:Wikipedia

  • m4bakerAUR - Available from the AUR, used to combine a group of already ripped audiofiles into a single m4b file with chapter marks.
  • gpac - Available from [community], this collection of CLI tools are more flexible than m4baker and can be used to create chapter marks for existing m4b files that are without them.
  • mp3splt - Available from [extra], used to split a single, large mp3 file into smaller mp3 files.
  • makechapterlistAUR - Available from the AUR, used to generate a chapters file for MP4Box (part of gpac).

Scenario 1: Make an m4b file from individual mp3 files

Overview:

  1. Use m4baker to combine many mp3 files into a single m4b file

Required software:

Details:


Scenario 2: Make an m4b file from a single mp3 file

Overview:

  1. Split the single mp3 file into even breaks constituting chapters
  2. Use m4baker to combine into a single m4b file

Required software:

Details:

Scenario 3: Add chapter marks to an existing m4b file without them

Overview:

  1. Generate a chapter list which defines the chapter marks
  2. Merge the chapter list with the audio data
  3. Convert the file to qt format
  4. Rename the file to the finalized m4b

Required software:

Details: