Published On: Mon, Aug 19th, 2019

Audible.Com And ITunes For Audiobooks Review

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When it comes to audiobooks, Audible vs. iTunes is a microcosm of Amazon vs. Apple. Audible has more choices, and iTunes is easier to use for purchases.

Since it is possible to import files purchased on Audible.com into Itunes, there are several reasons to look at Audible before purchasing audiobooks on Itunes. Although Audible.com isn’t perfect, it has improved since Amazon purchased it in 2008, and there are options that make it appealing to iTunes users.

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Audiobook Pricing on Audible and iTunes

Buying audiobooks on Audible is frustrating, and iTunes wins that battle easily. To buy a book on iTunes, just go to the iTunes store, search for the book, and download it. To buy a book on Audible at the best price, it is generally best to go to Amazon.com, search for the book, and then click “audio download.” That link takes buyers to Audible.com, and the Amazon.com price will show as a promotional price. Otherwise, audiobooks are often more expensive on Audible than on Itunes. If you interested in more details about the service read our Audible review with some hidden features, bonuses and free audiobooks.

For Audible members (who pay a monthly fee in return for audible book credits), Audible and iTunes prices are competitive. David Sedaris audiobook, Live for Your Listening Pleasure, is 14.95 through the iTunes store and 13.99 for Audible members. For non-members, following the link from Amazon.com makes the Audible.com price 14.98. For old school audiobook listeners, Live for Your Listening Pleasure is available as a vinyl record on Amazon, something that isn’t available on iTunes or Audible.

Audiobook Choices on Audible and iTunes

Audible has more book choices than iTunes. The extraordinary popular Wolf Hall is available as an audiobook on CD at Amazon, an app in some Apple markets, and as an unabridged audiobook on Audible, but not on iTunes. A book that has multiple options, such as Pride and Prejudice, can be overwhelming on iTunes because it has limited sorting abilities. Audible.com allows sorting by length, abridgment options, and types, such as an audiobook or a performance by specific performers. Kate Reading and Will Patton have admired audiobook performers. Actors such as Campbell Scott and Jeremy Irons are well-known for their audiobook readings.

Audible also has stronger audiobooks for children section. iTunes has a similar section, but it is like the other sections of iTunes and is based on names, sales, and release dates. Audible breaks down choices by age ranges and genres, similar to what parent company Amazon.com does for book searches on the Amazon website.

Putting Audiobooks from Audible onto Devices

Users are required to download software, but the software allows readers to choose editions (enhanced is the highest quality) and to specify devices, such as iPods, Kindles, or and other devices. There is also a non-specific option for any device. The audible software has a stand-alone computer player, but the files can play through iTunes playlists once iTunes has been configured and authorized to access the files.

The files are not mp3s. To do that, buy the cd and import it into iTunes with the mp3 option. Audiobooks have DRM restrictions, just like ebooks, and they are more restrictive than buying songs on Amazon or iTunes. Importing audiobook files from Audible to iTunes is easy enough because Audible walks users through the process, and then moving the audiobooks to iTunes is the same as any other iTunes file.

iTunes and Audible both have frustrations. Buying a title is easier on iTunes, but finding the perfect title is easier on Audible. Audible’s enhanced audio editions sound better than ordinary files, and importing them into iTunes is simple enough. For kids’ audiobooks and frequent audiobook buyers, an Audible.com membership is probably worth the investment.

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