Importing Audio Books into iTunes - dummies

By Tony Bove, Cheryl Rhodes

Do you like to listen to audio books and spoken magazine and newspaper articles? Not only can you bring these sounds into iTunes, but you can also transfer them to an iPod and take them on the road, which is much more convenient than taking cassettes or CDs.

Audible is a leading provider of downloadable spoken audio files. Audible lets you enable up to three computers to play the audio files, just like the iTunes Music Store. Audible does require that you purchase the files. Audible’s content is also licensed by Apple to be included in the iTunes Music Store in the Audio Books category, with over 5,000 titles so far, including magazines and radio programs as well as books.

To import Audible files, follow these steps:

1. Go to and set up an account if you don’t already have one.

2. Choose and download an Audible audio file.

These are files whose names end with .aa.

3. Drag the Audible file to the iTunes window.

If this is the first time you’ve added an Audible file, iTunes asks for your account information. You need to enter this information only once for each computer you use with your Audible account.

To disable an Audible account, open iTunes on the computer that will no longer be used with the account and choose Advanced –> Deauthorize Computer. In the Deauthorize Computer dialog box that appears, select the Deauthorize Computer for Audible Account option and click OK. Remember: You need to be online to authorize a computer or to remove the authorization from that computer.