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Old June 30th, 2009, 02:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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New G1 owner, and first post on this forum. Hope I'm not breaking any rules. (I searched the forum already for Audible.com and nothing came up.)

I'm transferring my life from a Palm OS Treo 680, and one of the things I can no longer do is listen to my Audible books--a big disappointment. A few emails with Audible's CS makes it seem like there's something lacking in Android that would facilitate such an app, but I suspect that Audible doesn't want to commit resources to something that it feels Google ought to be sponsoring.

Does anyone know anything about this? Will there be an Audible app someday? Is there someone who should be contacted to support such an activity?

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I'm new to Android as well, coming from a blackberry. I really miss the audible app. It forces me to carry a 2nd device all the time.
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I just sent Audible an email asking about support. The lack of Audbile could be a deal breaker and cause me to forego the HTC Hero.

Well the lack of Audible.com and the lack of most investing and banking site software support could be the deal breaker.
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I would think the business software would be the real issue. If you can use a small inexpensive MP3 player until Audible gets its act together, not a deal breaker for me.

I contact Audible every couple of weeks to ask about the ETA for the Android app. They've changed their line from "the device needs a firmware upgrade" (obviously a bogus, ignorant response) to a more reasonable, "we're looking at all the new smartphones to see where to invest our resources" or words to that effect.

Maybe others who would like to see Audible support the Android platform could contact Audible periodically as well???
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I just got response from Audible.


Direct Quote from email: "At this time there and no announced plans on if or when the Android Operating System will be supported by Audible"
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Actually that sounds like good news to me. A major difference between "no announced plans" and "no plans." Anyone who gets an update on the message, please post.
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You are optimistic....I see IF or when and think

There is not enough critical mass for them to build an Android App.
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Following my latest request to Audible, I got the following response:

"At this time, we do not have a time frame for when an app, for the Android OS, will be made. We had started concentrating on the webOS for Palm related phones."

"So, I do not have any time frame for when an Audible Air/Audible Player version for the Android OS based phones will be available."

This tells me that it's in the hopper and either when they finish the Pre or when they realize that the Android market is immensely bigger than the WebOS market we'll be next. Don't forget to contact them every few weeks.
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LIMITED SUCCESS with Audible.com software on android mytouch phone
  1. I downloaded netmite j2me runner application from marketplace; then I went to
    Get APK
    and pasted a .jad file called
    http://download.audible.com/audibleair/j2me/gen/240/Audible.jad
  2. This converts the .jad file to audible.apk. I saved the audible.apk file to my desktop
  3. I sent the audible.apk file as an attachment to my gmail account
  4. Then I downloaded tAttachapkInstaller from marketplace which extracts apk files from google mail
  5. Opened audible.apk from my gmail
  6. This started audible application in netmite j2me runner window
  7. Clicked on the menu button and went to "my library"
  8. Then I tried to type my username and that is where I ran into a problem!!!
  9. The virtual keyboard does not show up in netmite j2me runner to allow me to enter my username and password
  10. I think this could work on G1.
  11. Can someone tell me how I could use an emulator or something else to enter my username and password at this point on mytouch?
  12. Once this is complete, it may be possible to download the books from my library!
PLEASE NOTE: I am not a software person, so if you want to provide instructions, please provide each step clearly! Thank you for your understanding. If these steps are useful on G1, please post a feedback.
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On my G1, I got to the next step (thanks for clear, correct instructions). Using the physical keyboard I could enter the login information, but after several tries (using the correct login info) I either get a "Unable to Connect to Audible" message or it just hangs. I'm quitting for the evening, but will try again tomorrow. It's certainly a lot closer than I've been before. Thanks again.
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On your G1 did you try using wireless access-point rather than 3G or Edge?
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Santosh, yes the connection was a strong wifi one. Haven't tried yet but will report back if any changes.
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I wrote to Audible NUMEROUS times ever since the G-1 release (got mine on release day) explaining that the lack of an Android application is a deal breaker, and it seems that they just don't really give a flying duck. If they did, they would be forthright with their intentions rather than releasing vaporous innuendos.
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Gartner Group recently said that by 2013 there will be more Android phones than MS mobile phones sold. I am not sure how long one keeps a smartphone, but if Android is the dominant platform by 2013, within a few years I expect most of the existing MS mobile phones will be replaced.
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I just posted an email to Audible too. If you're interested in listening to Audible content on your android phone, email them. If we all do it, they will get the picture even if they don't listen to Gartner, the press, press releases, or statistics. I also plan on "voting" with my dollars. I've been an Audible customer for several years. If I don't get a "We're working on it and will have it before your next billing cycle" answer, I will reply with "Thank you, but I will now be buying my audio books elsewhere. Don't bother me with any further email notifications or calls, your lack of support for me as a customer speaks all I need to hear. Good luck in going the way of BetaMax and LaserDisc."
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What other providers sell audiobooks with a price model similar to Audible?
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Software Dev Engineer, Mobile Web and Applications About Audible


Found this while trying to find if an app was under development.
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Emusic does 1 book per month for $9.99. They do not DRM their books, but I dont think the selection is as good as Audible.
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I canceled my audible.com account and made sure I told them that it was because there was no android player. They know it's an issue and said they would notify me when the audible player was available. I'm not holding my breath. My current book series is available as .mp3 download on books in motion's own website.
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LIMITED SUCCESS with Audible.com software on android mytouch phone
  1. I downloaded netmite j2me runner application from marketplace; then I went to
    Get APK
    and pasted a .jad file called
    http://download.audible.com/audibleair/j2me/gen/240/Audible.jad
  2. This converts the .jad file to audible.apk. I saved the audible.apk file to my desktop
  3. I sent the audible.apk file as an attachment to my gmail account
  4. Then I downloaded tAttachapkInstaller from marketplace which extracts apk files from google mail
  5. Opened audible.apk from my gmail
  6. This started audible application in netmite j2me runner window
  7. Clicked on the menu button and went to "my library"
  8. Then I tried to type my username and that is where I ran into a problem!!!
  9. The virtual keyboard does not show up in netmite j2me runner to allow me to enter my username and password
  10. I think this could work on G1.
  11. Can someone tell me how I could use an emulator or something else to enter my username and password at this point on mytouch?
  12. Once this is complete, it may be possible to download the books from my library!
PLEASE NOTE: I am not a software person, so if you want to provide instructions, please provide each step clearly! Thank you for your understanding. If these steps are useful on G1, please post a feedback.
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After reading this thread, it seems I am not alone in wanting to run Audible.com on my G1. Last year I sent an email to Audible and got back a reply that looked hand crafted, not automated. It said they would love to do a reader for Android but hey needed help from T-Mobile. I can't understand why they needed help to do an application, but that's what they said.

I think we need to keep up the pressure on Audible (Amazon) and flood them with requests. I do that knowing it will be good for Audible and for Android.
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After reading this thread, it seems I am not alone in wanting to run Audible.com on my G1. Last year I sent an email to Audible and got back a reply that looked hand crafted, not automated. It said they would love to do a reader for Android but hey needed help from T-Mobile. I can't understand why they needed help to do an application, but that's what they said.

I think we need to keep up the pressure on Audible (Amazon) and flood them with requests. I do that knowing it will be good for Audible and for Android.
I'm a charter member of Audible. Went from many Palms to the Storm & after fighting it [& their CS] for months I finally went back to using my Treo for Audible & Happy Shopper [one of the best free apps ever]. The answers I received from Audible regarding the prospect of an app for the Android, were: they always looked for potential OS; because they were going to migrate to Amazon.com the 1st. qtr next year, they won't be doing much else.
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I've done what Santosh did - made an APK on netmite's site, but was able to put in my user name and password by holding the menu key to bring up the keyboard. Got an error - "Unable to connect to Audible"
So there seems to be a connection issue. I tried on 3G and on Wifi with the same result. Maybe it can be fixed by someone who knows what they're doing, even if Audible isn't particularly bothered to support Android. I also found a jad and jar that Audible put out for Sprint, but I get the same result with those too. Anyone know where to look next?

I have a HTC Droid Eris by the way.
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Emusic does 1 book per month for $9.99. They do not DRM their books, but I dont think the selection is as good as Audible.
eMusic is awful. The select is not good, and the tracks frequently skip. Their customer service is terrible as well. I'm gonna hang on to my nano for Audible until they get their app done, I'm sure they will with all the hype coming from the Droid. I am surprised they haven't done it yet.

Has anyone converted the file format to something that another player can play?
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I just sent an email to Audible customer service as well, I'll report back the (likely bad) response.

Keep emailing them everybody, it's not like Android is just on a few phones anymore. DRM debate aside - they have an obligation to provide support for as many devices as possible if they're going to lock their files down like this.

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Here's the reply I got back:

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Thank you for contacting Audible.

I understand that you are inquiring as to when Audible will support the Android OS. Audible does not have any estimated time as to when or if we will be compatible with the OS, but it is an item that we are looking into.

In addition, Audible understands that there are many loyal customers such as yourself now using or considering to purchase an Android mobile device, so we do apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause. If there is anything else that I can assist you with, please let me know.
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I was able to listen to Audible books using Orb on my home pc. It isn't the best solution but it played the files on the Hero without having to convert them.
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Here is the response I receive from their support today:

Dear Spencer,
Thank you for contacting Audible. I do apologize for any inconvenience but will be able to assist you.
I understand that you would like to know if you will be able to use the Android OS to download the books to. Unfortunately, at first the OS will not be audible ready. The technicians have said that they are looking in to compatibility but no definite word when it would be available. We have been recording requests about the new phone so the technicians can discuss with the different manufacturers about creating an application or some kind of software to allow the play back of the audible books. I will be sure to forward the email to the techs so they know of the request.
Here at Audible, we truly value and appreciate your business; if you need further assistance, please respond to this email or if you wish, please provide me with a contact number and the best available time to reach you.
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Here is the response I receive from their support today:

Dear Spencer,
Thank you for contacting Audible. I do apologize for any inconvenience but will be able to assist you.
I understand that you would like to know if you will be able to use the Android OS to download the books to. Unfortunately, at first the OS will not be audible ready. The technicians have said that they are looking in to compatibility but no definite word when it would be available. We have been recording requests about the new phone so the technicians can discuss with the different manufacturers about creating an application or some kind of software to allow the play back of the audible books. I will be sure to forward the email to the techs so they know of the request.
Here at Audible, we truly value and appreciate your business; if you need further assistance, please respond to this email or if you wish, please provide me with a contact number and the best available time to reach you.
I got really annoyed with the lame responses I got from customer service at Audible, so I sent a moderately pointed note suggesting that they really are missing the boat (and some other suggestions as to how to make the customer service response a little more honest and accurate). To my amazement I was passed on to a senior development guy who responded: "Android is on our 2010 road-map. We hope that it comes together mid 2010. Sorry I wish it was sooner for you!!" I'm counting on that.
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Exclamation Support for Audible for Andriod is coming!!!!

Below is the reply I just got back form Audible.com customer services line.. It is still a ways out but I am happy they are moving forward with creating a way for Android owners to someday have one device for everything including their cherished audio books...


Keith,

We will be releasing an Android app later in 2010.

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On 11/30/09 1:25 PM, "Keith Smith" wrote:

Looking to see when you will be providing support for Android OS?

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What format would your books have to be in to listen to them on your android phone?
Android has 4 formats that they release their books in. Increasing sound quality is the big differentiator, as well as file size, of course. The most recent format, "enhanced," is claimed to be CD quality. See here for details. All formats are proprietary, of course. Making mp3s from Audible files is an inconvenient pain in the butt, so I'm sure very few people do it.

Creating apps that read their files and presents them in with a good "Audible experience" is why they talk a while. (But they should never have taken this long.)
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I don't know if Audible still allows this, but they used to have a membership option where you could "suspend" your membership for a few months and then re-activate it without losing any of the credits you accumulated. It might get someone's attention at Audible if enough Android-Audible customers suspended their account pending the release of an Android app. This is flatly ridiculous.

I've been an Audible subscriber since 2002, and I'm getting tired of waiting for webOS and Android support.
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this is what happens when devs wait and then react after they've been caught with their pants down instead of being proactive.
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I don't know if Audible still allows this, but they used to have a membership option where you could "suspend" your membership for a few months and then re-activate it without losing any of the credits you accumulated. It might get someone's attention at Audible if enough Android-Audible customers suspended their account pending the release of an Android app. This is flatly ridiculous.

I've been an Audible subscriber since 2002, and I'm getting tired of waiting for webOS and Android support.
Years ago I switched to being an "annual member." I don't get monthly book/subscription credits, but I get "member prices" when I buy stuff "a la carte." That worked well for me. So when my "annual membership" expired last month, I declined to renew, and in the box where they ask why, I told them and said that when they supported the Android, I'd renew my annual membership. I don't expect this show of force to get them to accelerate their development schedule, but it felt good.
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I found this on another forum, I have NO idea as to its legality or how well it works but there is a windows based app called SoundTaxi that will, they claim, convert the Audible format to mp3 ( iPhone). My personal feeling is that as long as you have legally purchased the book and it is strictly for your personal use, it should be ok to change the format so that it can be played on an Android phone.
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I have found plenty of ways to "Convert to MP3" so that my non-supported devices can play audible content, but it is just not worth it as most techniques require you to play the duration of the audiobook while it records. Since most books can be over 30 hours, that is a long time of not being able to use your computer. Other ways such as burning and ripping CDs have file naming issues. I would just like Audible to come out with this new app sooner than later so that there is no more hassle to listening to a book. I work in the cell phone industry and more people are buying Android phones than any other. Anyways, I think anyone who reads this should send out an email to Audible asking for the app and ETA so that it shows them how many of us are out there. Hopefully they can get it out by new year and not mid-2010.

(I also asked in my message if the app will support the new high quality audio format. It is worth mentioning so that they do not try to flake out and release a crappy quality app to satisfy the public faster rather than take the time to make a good quality app)


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I understand that you are inquiring about the compability of the Android operating system. Unfortunately, this platform is currently not Audible ready. We are hoping to add support to these phones in the future, but we do not have an estimated time of when would this be.
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I use Sound Taxi (under $30) to convert the .aa audible.com files into mp3 format. It doesn't take that long to convert. I think it took about 45 minutes to convert a 6 hour audible book. Just let it convert while you're doing something else.

Then I use a free app I got from Market called Astro Player -- it has bookmarks. I'm in business, no problems. I would prefer it if Audible.com would make droid compatible, but until that happens, this is an easy work-around.
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Do you know if the soundtaxi thing works on Win7?
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I use Sound Taxi (under $30) to convert the .aa audible.com files into mp3 format. It doesn't take that long to convert. I think it took about 45 minutes to convert a 6 hour audible book. Just let it convert while you're doing something else.

Then I use a free app I got from Market called Astro Player -- it has bookmarks. I'm in business, no problems. I would prefer it if Audible.com would make droid compatible, but until that happens, this is an easy work-around.
I couldn't get Sound Taxi to reliably convert my .aa files. Some converted fine, others get error messages. Was there some special setting necessary for Audible?
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If Apple and Microsoft can provide native support for Audible files, so can Google. This isn't only Audible's problem. Google needs to get off its butt!
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Good News Everybody! On twit 232 Leo Laporte and Jason Calacanis discussed the lack of an android audible player.
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Leo:"The biggest single thing missing on android is an an audible player."

Jason:"trust me, it's going to be made in the next 10 days"

Leo: "I have it on good authority that they are working on it right now. Generally the way audible works is that they give an SDK to the partners and they ask that the partners develop it for the phone and i understand they are working with google to do an audible player and that will be coming soon"

It can't happen too soon!
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This thread make me do this I mean what does it say that Audible is putting their focus on WebOS and Palm phones, over Android. *sigh*
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What other providers sell audiobooks with a price model similar to Audible?
Although I am still an Audible member but I am also using eMusic.com. They have a decent book collection. At least all the newer ones are in. If Audible does not release anything for Android in next 2-3 months either I'll quit Audible or buy an iPhone.
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I use the emusic DRM free audiobook store and am very happy with it. No more audible for me...
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I use the emusic DRM free audiobook store and am very happy with it. No more audible for me...
I just went to their web site & I'm unclear just what the "player" looks like as it only mentions music. How does it compare to, say, the Palm Audible app? Does it bookmark?
I also looked at the books & they don't have any where near the selection as Audible
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I just went to their web site & I'm unclear just what the "player" looks like as it only mentions music. How does it compare to, say, the Palm Audible app? Does it bookmark?
I also looked at the books & they don't have any where near the selection as Audible
eMusic don't supply you with a player because they give you plain mp3 files which you can play with any player. Obviously you've to use one of the audio book players from the market because the default Android Music player does not work well for books because it does not remembers last position, nor allows book marking. I use Dogg Catcher for it remembers the previous position and you can also FF quickly. I've also used Astro Player, which worked reasonable.

I found eMusic collection adequate. Most good new releases are there. True, their collection is nowhere near Audible but good enough to serve me one or two decent books every month. The quality is somwhere between 4 and enhanced.

I am waiting for Audible to get their act together, but for interim period I am quite happy with eMusic.
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In case audible is listening, count me as one who wants Audible for Android.

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Hi all,

First post here. Happy to have discovered other avid Audible/Android users. Should we be called AA? OK, perhaps not.

I wanted to thank you guys for the useful information about Audible and Android. I have been an Audible subscriber for >2 years, having purchased something like 80 audiobooks, and as unhappy as I am that Audible doesn't yet have an Android app, I like them enough to be willing to jump through some hoops for the moment.

I took several of your suggestions, and consolidated them as follows (with one of my own) for a quick tutorial on Audible->Android (sorry, Mac guys, the computer side of this is for PC):

1. Buy SoundTaxi. The version that will work for this project is Platinum, which costs $19.95 and can be downloaded from here. Note that the Trial version will only create a 90 second converted file; the licensed version is well worth the price.

2. Download Astro Player for Android here. (If you have Barcode Scanner or something similar installed, you can just scan the barcode at the bottom of that page.)

3. (optional) Download Bluetooth File Transfer here. It's a very simple-to-use Bluetooth FTP application that will allow you to move files from your computer to your Android device without a physical connection.

4. Run SoundTaxi, click "Select files," navigate to your Audible directory (by default it's something like \Users\Public\Documents\Audible\Downloads) and select the file(s) you want to convert. You can also drag/drop into the SoundTaxi application.

5. Transfer the file(s), which have been converted to MP3s, to your Android device (using BFT if you have installed it). You can now open and run them in Astro Player.

The only downside to all of this is that the conversion takes a while. I converted a 6 hour book and it took over an hour.

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I too love audio book and movies from Cinemanow but hate multiple devices, which why I moved to the Droid. I also had a Windows Mobile device and came away not too pleased. I am honestly done waiting for both companies Roxio/Cinemanow and Amazon/Audible to check their corporate egos and get on the Android wave. I have a great tool DRMBuster Ultra Video that addresses both issues and allows me to take movies that I've legally purchased licenses to and audio books likewise legally purchased and copy them down to my Droid. It takes a while convert either a audio book or a movie but the sound and sound/video on the Droid are incredible. When all else fails, when you've begged, pleaded and waited - bust out the eye patch, hoist the skull and cross bones, give a hearty HAR HAR and go rogue.
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