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Old 01-09-2014, 08:14 PM   #1756
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I'm so, so spoiled by Calibre + Alf that every time I try to figure out how to convert the Audible files my head starts spinning and I give up.
The thing about it is, there is nothing to it. The programs simply re-record the audio into a brand new file. The nice thing about it is that it happens without using your computer's speakers, so you can use your computer for other things while it is going.
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Old 01-09-2014, 09:27 PM   #1757
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Old 01-09-2014, 11:27 PM   #1758
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The thing about it is, there is nothing to it. The programs simply re-record the audio into a brand new file. The nice thing about it is that it happens without using your computer's speakers, so you can use your computer for other things while it is going.
I cant drop & drag nor copy paste ...so there has to be something more at least in setting it up at first.
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Old 01-10-2014, 08:09 AM   #1759
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Well, Katie, there is always the file - open- option, and if all else fails you could read the manual or use the help files.
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Old 01-10-2014, 01:27 PM   #1760
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The thing about it is, there is nothing to it. The programs simply re-record the audio into a brand new file. The nice thing about it is that it happens without using your computer's speakers, so you can use your computer for other things while it is going.
I've posted this before I think, but there ARE good solutions that are fast and provide high quality MP3 or M4b files as output. (Or any other format you can think of, frankly.) They are not simple "real-time" solutions, but do a full conversion at speeds up to 400x on my laptop. The one I use is dBpoweramp. More than that I don't think forum rules will allow me to say, but the key thing to understand is that they use Audible's own DirectShow codec to directly read the .AA files and convert them. In my experience of literally hundreds of Audible books, about a half dozen failed to covert, and they appeared to be slightly corrupted files.
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Old 01-10-2014, 09:26 PM   #1761
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I've posted this before I think, but there ARE good solutions that are fast and provide high quality MP3 or M4b files as output. (Or any other format you can think of, frankly.) They are not simple "real-time" solutions, but do a full conversion at speeds up to 400x on my laptop. The one I use is dBpoweramp. More than that I don't think forum rules will allow me to say, but the key thing to understand is that they use Audible's own DirectShow codec to directly read the .AA files and convert them. In my experience of literally hundreds of Audible books, about a half dozen failed to covert, and they appeared to be slightly corrupted files.
The only problem with that is that the Audible DirectShow codec is old and no longer supported. I tried it and was not too happy with the quality of the conversion: I think it only supports up to Audible format 3 (not 4 or enhanced). It's been a while since I tried it, though.
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Old 01-10-2014, 11:38 PM   #1762
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I have another question: are the Sync book we get through the overdrive console protected? They show as .mp3 on my laptop and never thought they might need to be backed up.
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Old 01-10-2014, 11:48 PM   #1763
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I am wondering if part of my problem is I using Win 8... cant seem to find instructions on it.
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Old 01-11-2014, 12:48 AM   #1764
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I have another question: are the Sync book we get through the overdrive console protected? They show as .mp3 on my laptop and never thought they might need to be backed up.
They are unprotected, but backing them up elsewhere is still a good idea. Apparently a recent update to OMC on iOS removed all existing audiobooks. For purchased or checked out books, theoretically you can redownload, but for ones through the Sync promotion, that's not an option.
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Old 01-11-2014, 12:59 AM   #1765
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The only problem with that is that the Audible DirectShow codec is old and no longer supported. I tried it and was not too happy with the quality of the conversion: I think it only supports up to Audible format 3 (not 4 or enhanced). It's been a while since I tried it, though.
Supports format 4 just fine. Yes it is old, but it works fine. What I've discovered is that you can use the current shipping version of the Audible Manager with the old codec. No, it doesn't work with Enhanced format.
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They are unprotected, but backing them up elsewhere is still a good idea. Apparently a recent update to OMC on iOS removed all existing audiobooks. For purchased or checked out books, theoretically you can redownload, but for ones through the Sync promotion, that's not an option.
Thanks! I'll just do that!
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I am wondering if part of my problem is I using Win 8... cant seem to find instructions on it.
If you are still referring to SoundTaxi, it works fine with Windows 8.x, including the dragging and dropping mentioned. However, I am not using the trial version, that may be crippled in some way but I don't know what the trial's actual limitations are, if any.
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If you are still referring to SoundTaxi, it works fine with Windows 8.x, including the dragging and dropping mentioned. However, I am not using the trial version, that may be crippled in some way but I don't know what the trial's actual limitations are, if any.
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They have a nice video tutorial here.
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