How to transfer audiobooks to an iPod using OverDrive for Mac

You can transfer audiobooks from your computer to your iPod using OverDrive for Mac.

Note: OverDrive for Mac is available for macOS versions 10.6 (Snow Leopard) through 10.14 (Mojave). If you have version 10.15 (Catalina) or newer, see this help article for your audiobook options.

If you have an iOS device (iPhone/iPad/iPod touch), you can borrow and download audiobooks directly using OverDrive for iOS instead.

Transferring audiobooks

  1. Connect your iPod to your computer using a USB cable.
  2. Open iTunes (if it doesn't open automatically).
  3. In iTunes, turn on the Manually manage music setting (or enable disk use if you're using an iPod shuffle). This is a one-time step that is required to transfer audiobooks to your iPod from OverDrive for Mac.
  4. Open OverDrive for Mac.
  5. Select an audiobook, then click the Transfer button.
    The transfer button in OverDrive for Mac. See instructions above.
  6. When the transfer wizard opens, click Next so the program can detect your iPod.

    Note: If you receive an error that says "No portable players could be found...," make sure you enable disk use in iTunes before trying to transfer.
  7. When your iPod is detected, make sure it's selected under "Player." Select the part(s) you want to transfer and click Next.
    Audiobook parts selected in the transfer wizard. See instructions above.
  8. When the transfer is complete, click Finish to close the transfer wizard.

Where to find transferred audiobooks on your iPod

By default, transferred audiobooks are listed under "Playlists" or "Music."

You can follow these instructions to change where transferred audiobooks appear on your device.

Last Updated: 30 October 2020 10:12 AM