More Audiobooks Available for iPods

The Kent District Library doesn’t just offer books in print. You can also listen to your favorite books or read them electronically through the OverDrive Digital Library. Click on the KDL eLibrary to access thousands of ebook and eAudiobook titles.

And now, more titles than ever are available for Apple device users!

OverDrive has announced that most WMA Audiobook files are now iPod compatible with the release of the OverDrive Media Console v3.2 for Windows. With this new version, Apple device users will be able to download nearly all available eAudiobook titles to their iPod, iPhone or iPod Touch.

Whereas previously Apple device users could only download eAudiobooks in MP3 format, they can now download and transfer WMA files to their Apple devices as well. This opens up thousands of free eAudiobook titles through OverDrive.

To access these titles, simply install or upgrade to OverDrive Media Console v3.2 for Windows. While the majority of titles are now available for Apple devices, look for the “Plays on” icons next to the title on OverDrive before downloading:

Due to incompatibility of DRM-protected WMA files and the Mac OS, there are no plans at this time to offer the ability to transfer WMA Audiobooks to Apple devices on Mac computers.

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3 Responses to “More Audiobooks Available for iPods”

  1. Angie Says:

    I’m really disappointed in the unavailabity for macs. I’ve been a loyal library member for 20 years and I am a mac user. I’m also an avid fan of going to pick up audio books and ripping them to my ipod. I think they’re a great resource but I am disappointed that I won’t be able to take advantage of this great program.

  2. Michele Says:

    I agree with Angie. I always vote for Library millages. I have been a Mac user since the first Apple computer. I have owned ipods since they first came out. When are they going to make content available for Ipods that sync to a Mac? How many people that own an ipod also own a Mac? Most of them.

  3. Melissa Says:

    Thanks for your comments! Unfortunately, KDL does not have control over the availability of titles on Macs. It is a problem that needs to be resolved with Apple. From the OverDrive site:

    Why can’t I use OverDrive WMA Audiobook titles on the Mac®?

    OverDrive WMA Audiobook titles, provided by OverDrive, Inc., use DRM protection technology from Microsoft Corporation. The Mac operating system does not support DRM-protected WMA files.

    OverDrive, along with hundreds of online digital media providers, is hopeful that Apple and Microsoft can reach an agreement that would enable support for Microsoft-based DRM-protected materials on the Mac.