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The purpose of this article is to detail a process to create an iPod friendly audiobook from digital media using Linux native tools.
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
- AUR, used to combine a group of already ripped audiofiles into a single m4b file with chapter marks. AUR - Available from the
- - 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.
- - Available from [extra], used to split a single, large mp3 file into smaller mp3 files.
- AUR, used to generate a chapters file for MP4Box (part of gpac). AUR - Available from the
Scenario 1: Make an m4b file from individual mp3 files
- Use m4baker to combine many mp3 files into a single m4b file
Scenario 2: Make an m4b file from a single mp3 file
- Split the single mp3 file into even breaks constituting chapters
- Use m4baker to combine into a single m4b file
Scenario 3: Add chapter marks to an existing m4b file without them
- Generate a chapter list which defines the chapter marks
- Merge the chapter list with the audio data
- Convert the file to qt format
- Rename the file to the finalized m4b