By Mark O’Neill
Are you a total iPod fanatic like I am? Then you might like this small freeware program which converts MP3 files into an iPod audio book file.
Just put all the MP3 files together into the program window then press the button. It will then turn the MP3’s into an iPod file. It might take quite a while though depending on the file sizes but it is very easy and can run in the background while you are doing other tasks. When the file is good to go, just drag it over to your iPod “audio book” folder.
This is particularly useful if you like to download long podcasts and you don’t have time to listen to the whole recording in one go. An iPod file remembers where you have stopped and inserts a “bookmark”. So you can come back and begin again where you left off from last time. Just like the good old Sony Walkman!
Alternatively, if you are in the habit of uploading lots of text files to your iPod, you might be interested in iPod Notes, which converts those text files into easy-to-read iPod Note files. All the notes are linked together so if you have a text file from say Project Gutenberg, or perhaps even a huge text file-based address book, you can split that file up into several small parts for easier reading and navigation.
Or if you’re feeling particularly patriotic and eager to learn, you can download important US historical documents to your iPod, including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution or the Bill of Rights. After all, you never know if you might have to argue the Fourth Amendment with a stranger in the street while on a trip to the grocery store.