12/22/2009, 04:19 AM
Tried what? Can't get what to appear in explorer right-click?
Originally Posted by cdritch24
If you're talking about the dbpoweramp setup, It's simple to use once set up, but there are several steps and possible gotchas to get set up in the first place, so, you need to say what exactly did you do?
When you install dbpoweramp, it integrates into explorer and when you right-click on any audio file dbpoweramp recognizes, there are "Convert To" and "Edit ID3 Tag" options in explorer.
To get dbpoweramp to recognize .aa files so that you get these options for .aa files, you have to install the Audible DirectShow filter and the dbpoweramp DirectShow plugin.
If you do those in the wrong order, you might have to manually edit a text file that's part of dbpoweramp before it recognizes .aa
I've already listed the best order to install things to minimize any such manual fixups, and ultimately everything is findable by just searching on the dbpoweramp site.
There are some gotchas though. If you have Vista or 7, you have to right-click on the Audible directshow filter installer and say run in xp compatibility.
But again, the ideal sequence goes like this _In This Order_:
1: Install the latest audible desktop manager with no portable device. (ie:choose "listen on computer")
2: Go here: Download msvci70.dll, msvcr70.dll and msvcr71.dll
Get: MSVCR70.dll and MSVCI70.dll (ignore MSVCR71.dll)
Save them into C:\Windows\System32
3: Download the Audible Media Player Filter
If you have Vista or 7 you have to right-click on it and
Properties > Compatibility
[X] Run this program in compatibility mode for:
[Windows XP (service pack 3)]
4: Install dbpoweramp music converter:
dBpoweramp Music Converter
5: install dbpoweramp directshow decoder:
dBpoweramp Codec Central DirectShow
Next, any time you go to do anything with a .aa file, a small dialog that's part of the AudibleMediaPlayerFilter will pop up. Normally you want to avoid touching the section navigation FF/RW buttons in this little window. You can move the window by dragging the title bar or just ignore it (move other windows over top of it) But the first time you touch a .aa file, this dialog will prompt you to register the "device" Just enter your audible account name and password. This filter counts as one player device on your audible account. In order to use it, you must have an available player device slot on your account. If you've registered 3 or 4 devices without deleting any, you might be at or over your player device limit. Just unregister some other device, or call or email audible support and have theme delete all player devices on your account. Then you can register the mediaplayer filter and 3 or so other devices again.
Once the mediaplayer filter is registered, it kicks in any time you touch a .aa file. If you mouse-over a .aa file in explorer, you'll see that little windo pop up brifly as the mediaplayer filter handles the decryption for explorer and supplies the metadata explorer wanted to read to display in the properties tab (audio file type, sample rate, bit depth, mono/stereo etc...
Now the most efficient way to use the stuff you just installed:
Hook up your Pre via usb cable and select "usb drive"
Select "Open folder" from the windows usb device popup.
Find or create a directory called Audio, then within that make another directory called audiobooks (or whatever you want for holding audio files in whatever organizational arrangement you like)
Leave that window open, off to the side.
Download some books from your audible library in format 4.
(4 is the highest quality format that the MediaPlayerFilter knows how to decode)
While the books are downloading, the audible download helper thing has a handy dandy button that says "Download folder" on the bottom.
Just click it.
Now you have a window open to the folder where the .aa files are.
Wait for the downloads to finish.
When the downloads are all done, hold the ctrl key down and left click on all the .aa files in the downloads directory.
Then right-click on one of them, select "Convert To"
In the dbpoweramp dialog that pops up, select the output folder as "same folder" and for encoder select lame mp3, or if you have it, helix mp3.
Hit convert and wait for all files to be converted.
While they are converting, you can grab the book cover art for each book right from the audible manager. In audible manager, highlight a book, then just right-click on the little cover art pic in the right-side panel. Save it to some meaningful file name. highlight the next book and repeat, save the cover art for each book.
When the mp3's are all done being created, next you can right click on one of the new .mp3 files and select "Edit ID3 Tag"
In this dialog write the books title into the Title field, put "audiobook" into the genre field, and click add-album-art and select the cover image you saved a few minutes ago.
Repeat for all mp3's
Then just drag the new mp3's over to the Pre window which is already open waiting from a few minutes ago.
* Get the full reference version of dbpoweramp instead of the basic one.
This gets you multi-cpu support and the ability to install the helix realplayer encoder, which includes the fastest mp3 encoder anywhere by far.
* You can play with setting lower mp3 quality levels to get file sizes that are as small as, or even smaller than, the original .aa files. It's up to you what level of sound quality you're willing to tolerate. I have been using helix mp3 encoder at VBR (variable bit rate) with quality set typically around 50. the files come out slightly smaller than the original .aa files and still sound almost as good as original, better than format 3 natively, even when played via bluetooth, which does it's own mp3 reencoding just to go from device to device.
I read on another web site that someone claimed that AllMusicConverter was even more convenient than dbpoweramp. Well I just purchased the full $40 version and it works, but its agonizingly sloooooow compared to dbpoweramp. I'm also not sure if it handles .aa files right out of the box or if you'd need to jump through the same hoops as other apps, because I only tried it on a machine that does have a working registered audible mediaplayerfilter installed. So it might have only worked because of that.
It will be a while before I have time to make a nice screen capture video to really show how simple all the above really is. I'd have to uninstall everything from one of my machines, including unregistering the audible player device so I could show the one-time process of activation. So hopefully this helps until then.