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MP3 to iPod Audio Book Converter

Zak allows you to select one or more MP3 files and convert them into a single MP3 or MP4/M4A/M4B file. The primary use for Zak is audio books. Most audio books are distributed in several files, usually one per chapter. Converting these files into a single .m4b allows one to take advantage of the iPod's bookmarking features.

Zak is written in python using the pygtk module. Zak is designed for GNU/Linux, but it is likely possible to get it to work on other systems without too much trouble.

Requires: python, pygtk, gtk+, madplay, and ffmpeg.

Note: This program was inspired by the Windows program "MP3 to iPod Audio Book Converter" available from

OpenSuse 11.1 user can use "1-click" installer -- here

For any other GNU/Linux distro download zak-0.3.tar.gz.
To install, perform the following steps...
Make sure your system has all these requirements installed:madplay, ffmpeg, python, pygtk2, vte, gstreamer, gstreamer-python
1. Locate your download and unpack it: tar xzf zak-0.3.tar.gz
2. cd into the unarchived directory: cd zak-0.3/
3. Use sudo (or root) to run the install: sudo python install 

You should now be able to run zak from the command line


Unknown said...

Awesome ... exactly what I was looking for -- and even a one-click install button (I use suse :) ).
Will try it out tonight.

Anonymous said...

Awesome app, although it won't run when my files have spaces in the names.

Anonymous said...

Does not convert... it show 0% forever.

Anonymous said...

Doesn't work on Ubuntu 11.04. When I click the process button- it finishes in 3 seconds and no file get outputted.

Anonymous said...

Doesn't work on Ubuntu 11.10. When I click the process button- it finishes in 3 seconds with no output. Installed using instructions here,

Anonymous said...

Didn't do anything for me. M4baker is great! Check it out.

Anonymous said...

Not working on Ubuntu 12.04, process runs in few seconds no conversion happens.
Thumb up for m4baker.

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