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Subject: Re: Long recordings - Audible books
From: Benjamin (mailinglists_at_samuraipanda.com)
Date: 2003-05-21


Just so I understand.
1. You take a 140mb MP3 and cut it into smaller files (45 minutes each).
2. While you are playing them, you bookmark the file and stop playing it.
3. You then start the file up again using the bookmark, at which point the
file starts. After a bit, audio stops playing, but the rockbox continues
ticking off time.
4. At some point, the rockbox skips to the next file and sound picks up again.

Is this the correct sequence of steps? Can I get one of the 45 minute MP3
files to see if I can dup the problem?

I listen to audio books as one long continuous MP3 (if it's a converted
audible.com file and some CDs) or as a series of smaller tracks (depending on
the CD) and use bookmarks (which is why I wrote the patch) to sav my
positions. I haven't experienced your issue, which makes me think it's either
a studio player issue or a problem with the MP3.

Ben

On Wed, 21 May 2003 12:16:24 -0400, Jonah, Jim wrote
> I've been struggling with a good, quick workflow for getting Audible
> books onto my Jukebox (due to their "Playback" protection, sheesh!).
>
> Currently I'm playing the file on my Mac and using Audio Hijack to record
> it. Then I'm using pymp3cut (a PHP script) to cut the file up
> Originally I just moved the one long 140 meg file onto my Jukebox,
> but when I had playback issues I decided to try cutting the file up
> into smaller pieces.
>
> Issues I'm running into are:
> * The PHP script needs to be given a play time that is much longer
> than the recording actual is in order to correctly cut up the file. I
> suspect the PHP script is flawed - could be VBR is throwing it off.
> * Currently the files are cut up into about 45 minute chunks (6 hour
> book).
> * Bookmarking and/or shutting off the jukebox and restarting when the
> file is about 30 minutes into a 45 minute segments doesn't always
> work correctly - the file will start playing, the hard drive will do
> a lot of spinning, the file will stop playing (though the display
> keeps ticking off the seconds as if it's playing), then the jukebox
> gives up on that file and moves on the next file.
>
> Recently I deleted almost all of my files from the jukebox, ran
> defrag, check disk, and copied back a subset of my files, so
defragging/checkdisk
> isn't the issue.
>
> Question: How are others who are listening to Audible books
> handling/processing the long files?
>
> Thanks!
>
> -----------------
> Jim Jonah
>
> "To a programmer documentation is like sex -
> when it's good it's great! When it's bad, it's better than nothing!"
> -Unknown
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