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That PC Guy in the Mac Ads

  • Dec. 20th, 2006 at 3:04 AM
Grant-Lee Phillips Eskimo
Dear Everyone:

For a limited time only, John Hodgman's The Areas of My Expertise is available absolutely free as an audio book download at the iTunes store. Here is the link.

You need this book with every fiber of your being. Trust me on this like you have never trusted anyone or any false god before!

Go now, my children, and download with impunity!


epi_lj wrote:
Dec. 20th, 2006 12:07 pm (UTC)
Not available to Canadians. :(
king_cool_paul wrote:
Dec. 20th, 2006 06:49 pm (UTC)
I'd say it's available to Canadians if you have karenthecroccy download it for you!

Or if you know the answer to my "can I split a protected two hour AAC track into two one hour audio files?" question.

And I feel your pain: I can access the iTunes store from other countries on my computer (namely, Australia, where I was trying to find some music online from an Australian band, but I still can't *download* any music from the store there--if I can't have it, then don't let me see it, you know what I mean?).
epi_lj wrote:
Dec. 20th, 2006 07:12 pm (UTC)
I do know the answer to that question, in fact.
epi_lj wrote:
Dec. 20th, 2006 07:15 pm (UTC)
There are a number of methods. Rumour has it that AAC copy protection is easy to defeat. If that's true, then your best bet is to go that route. However, I will assume here that it's not, because I don't know how. The next method usually recommended is to burn a CD then rip it, but that obviously doesn't work for files too long to fit on a CD. So what's left? Well, you can do essentially what you're doing by burning a CD and ripping it, but skip the CD middleman.

Using Audio Hijack on Mac OS X if you're using a Mac, or some other comparable tool for whatever platform you're using (there are a few competing ones for OS X even), you can record the audio as you play it in a player. This is realtime -- i.e. if the file is two hours long, it's going to take you two hours to do this -- but you'll wind up with a pristine file in some non-DRMed format when you're done.

Then you just use your favourite audio editor to hack it in half. You could use Audacity if you don't have one. I use Peak, personally.
giggleloop wrote:
Dec. 20th, 2006 12:10 pm (UTC)
YAY! I'll have to post that to hodgfans. :)

Holy cow, it's abridged and it's still 6 hours long?! Dang!
giggleloop wrote:
Dec. 20th, 2006 12:13 pm (UTC)
eh, I meant john_hodgfans. and someone beat me to it. :D
king_cool_paul wrote:
Dec. 20th, 2006 06:43 pm (UTC)
And now it's sitting quite snugly on my iPod, just waiting for me!

Which makes me think of a question regarding iTunes that I shall have to ask everyone, in hopes of getting a good answer.

To the posting menu!
giggleloop wrote:
Dec. 20th, 2006 08:05 pm (UTC)
Ooh, an iTunes question, I'll have to go check it out! :D
karenthecroccy wrote:
Dec. 20th, 2006 06:16 pm (UTC)
king_cool_paul wrote:
Dec. 20th, 2006 06:53 pm (UTC)
Get it while it lasts! I heard him reading some of the book on This American Life about a month back, and it's just fantastically hilarious. Of course, I own the book as well, but it's still nice to hear him reading it himself.

Another reason that I had cable, so that I could catch him on the Daily Show.

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