From version 8.1 onwards Twonky Server supports the separation of audiobooks and music. If properly tagged, audiobooks are detected through metadata. If audiobooks cannot be detected based on metadata (e.g. not properly tagged), the user can also define shares that only contain audiobooks. Audiobooks are listed in the Music navigation tree in a separate node, called “Audiobooks”. Within this node, audiobooks are sorted by categories like artist, genre, or title.
Audiobooks are recognized by the following metadata:
This feature does not only allow to browse more easily through audiobooks, but also enables client devices/applications to avoid shuffle and provide a resume function as demonstrated in the updated webUI and in the Twonky Ref App. When beaming audiobooks, the resume feature also depends on the renderer capability to play from a certain position. Some clients, e.g. WD, do not support seek and as such cannot resume.
When a renderer queue is enabled, normally all items are appended to the queue. In case of audiobooks, the queue is first emptied before the audiobook tracks are queued.
Please note that within the folder navigation audiobooks are treated like music items.