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Old 12-14-2021, 03:36 PM   #1
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audiobook chapter metadata problem?

I have an audiobook with 48 separate m4b files. All are numbered correctly with chapter titles, and if I listen to the book using itunes, for example, the files appear in the proper order.
However, I would like to listen to the book using the audiobook app on my iphone. There is just one problem: when I transfer these files to my iphone, it appears the chapter order is not preserved but gets completely disorganized.
The book starts up in the middle rather than at the beginning.

From the little technical knowledge I have I'm assuming this is a metadata issue - the files aren't properly numbered in the metadata, so the iphone app can't process them in the proper order.

Is this correct, or would this instead be caused by another issue?

If it is a metadata issue, is there any software out there that can quickly and easily insert metadata for the chapters?

itunes of course allows me to give individual track numbers to each file, but I dread the idea of doing that for 48 files!

Thanks for your help.

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I have an audiobook with 48 separate m4b files. All are numbered correctly with chapter titles, and if I listen to the book using itunes, for example, the files appear in the proper order.
However, I would like to listen to the book using the audiobook app on my iphone. There is just one problem: when I transfer these files to my iphone, it appears the chapter order is not preserved but gets completely disorganized.
The book starts up in the middle rather than at the beginning.

From the little technical knowledge I have I'm assuming this is a metadata issue - the files aren't properly numbered in the metadata, so the iphone app can't process them in the proper order.

Is this correct, or would this instead be caused by another issue?

If it is a metadata issue, is there any software out there that can quickly and easily insert metadata for the chapters?

itunes of course allows me to give individual track numbers to each file, but I dread the idea of doing that for 48 files!

Thanks for your help.
U can make a .m3u playlist like this:

# EXTM3U
file1.mp3
file2.mp3
file3.mp3
...


and play ur playlist .m3u on every audio player
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U can make a .m3u playlist like this:

# EXTM3U
file1.mp3
file2.mp3
file3.mp3
...


and play ur playlist .m3u on every audio player

Other options:


Yes, there is software to fix the metadata. mp3tag is the one I use. It can do a lot of things, like, for example, automatically copy a certain part of all the filenames into the track number tag, or just fill it sequentially, and stuff like that.


Also, you might simply see if there is a setting on your player app to sort files by filename rather than tags. Both of the audiobook apps I use can do that.

By the way, I'm surprised to you have an audiobook with 48 m4b files. I thought the whole point of m4b was that it supports chapter bookmark info, so m4b books tend to be all in one file. Do I have that wrong?

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