File Type Settings for iTunes/iPod Audiobooks

The only “automatic” way iTunes and iPods recognize a file as an audiobook is with purchased content from However, you can set any AAC audio file to be treated as an audiobook by changing the file’s the HFS file type to ‘M4B’ (note trailing space; type codes are 4 characters long). This trick lets you use audiobook features like bookmarking on any file. Neat.

(Via MDJ 2004.08.12.)

Monday, 23 August 2004