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Can I listen to audiobooks on my Android?

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Posted Feb 18 2010 12:11 PM

I'm sure there must be a way to do this, but I can't figure it out. How do I listen to audiobooks on my Android?

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Posted Feb 18 2010 03:31 PM

Short answer is yes.

Long answer has a few caveats.


This url will show you all the audio-books and players found on AndroLib.com which is the best way to research apps, in my opinion.

I tested a few of these apps for the upcoming book that Brian Sawyer and I are writing, and I found that Astro Player Beta was the best. Again, this is a subjective statement.

Here is a quick view of this app playing all types media found on my SD Card. Have fun and enjoy this app.

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 : Feb 18 2010 03:38 PM
Thanks, Michael. I'll take a look but I probably should have been more specific. I'm an audible.com member and I believe the audio books I download are in a proprietary format. I'd love to be able to play and listen to them on my Android but audible.com doesn't (yet?) support Android. Is there any other player I can use? I'll take a look at the app you wrote about.
 : Feb 19 2010 07:08 AM
Amazingly, though Audible offers an iPhone app and Blackberry support, it has no Android app and has not provided any details on when they might have one. In message boards on the topic, I've seen this email response from Audible a few times:


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.

But I've also seen a job listing that might suggest they're looking into it.

In the meantime, I've seen some people using Tune4Mac to remove Audible DRM, but that's clearly a hack that I hope Audible makes a move to remedy soon.
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Posted Jun 15 2010 07:17 AM

Audible just released an open beta for their Android app. It's not in the Market, but you can download it here:

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It works well and is pretty slick too:

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 : Jun 16 2010 12:28 PM
The Audible.com Android app is one area where Android eclipses iTunes. But not for long. It seems they're also working on an iPhone version. If you're looking for a good audiobook UI for the iPhone, check out Bookmark from DockMarket.
 : Oct 04 2010 05:12 AM
BrianS-thank you! i have been searching the net and couldn't find that bar code anywhere until I came across your post. Audible now succesfully installed on my andriod phone. Thank you:)
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Posted Dec 10 2010 02:52 AM

Most of the Audio books are in the Mp3 format.
Android phones handles Mp3 very efficiently.

You can definitely listen audio-books on Android.
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Posted Jul 24 2012 11:52 AM

Just ran across this thread, but thought I might add my $0.02, even though it is pretty old. I have been enjoying a lot of free audio books on Android using the LibriVox AudioBooks app. It's on Google Play at: https://play.google....design.librivox I believe the web site is: http://librivox.bookdesign.biz/. The books there are all "classics" - that is to say old books that are in the public domain, but some of the recordings are very good. If you aren't looking for new releases, there are a lot of books to choose from - and it's free!