Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Audio Books [Annoyance of the day]

My annoyance today is Audiobooks. They are great, really, unless they are CDs and you import them to a computer. Have you ever done this?

I have. I've imported a good number of CDs onto my student's computer, and I've come to the conclusion that whoever actually makes the CDs is either really stupid, or a monkey. I'm sure of this, really!

Most Audiobooks have about 5-10 CDS. And, when you import them into computers, you would think (with all the idiot-proof technology we have today) the importation would be idiot proof. But, sadly, you would be mistaking. The tracks of the CDs never really import in order. In fact, sometimes, they don't import the right at all! For instance, I was importing the book "Black Like Me" for my student; When I imported it on my computer, the tracks were labeled something like "The Speed Act of Seduction" (There was a jaw dropper!) So, iTunes doesn't always get it right; I'm not really sure who to blame, there. It might be Apple's fault for being a freaking control freak and wanting to download the CD's info from the web, rather than importing it from the CD. Or, it could be the publisher's fault for not burning the proper information on the CD in the first place (thus forcing iTunes to have to download track and titles). I don't know! But I do know this:

CD1: 1aa, 1ab,1ac, 1ad.... 1az--- 1ba, 1bb, 1bc, 1bd ... 1bz
CD2: 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d (note how the pattern changes)
It gets better! The tracks on CD 3 are EXACTLY THE SAME as CD3, making it impossible to sort by track title!!!

After that CDs 4 & 5 are quite similar, though distinguishable. Disk 6 is gospel music. If you listen to it, it's the same book, but the tracks are labeled:

1. Amazing Grace
2. Holy, Holy, Holy
3. What Yo Want
4. Now Thank Our God
5. A Mighty Fortress is Our God

I don't get it. Fortunately, I can usually sort the 215+ tracks by Album Title or Artist--but every book is different! Sometimes the titles are "Book Title CD 1" and two disks later it switches to "Book Title [Disc 04]" It is much easier to sort these than the actual tracks, though!

Summary of this annoyance is: Audio books on CD should be created by people; not monkeys.
The End.

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