Audible, the popular audiobook service, has been working on an Android app for quite some time. And today, I am pleased to announce that the app is now available as as a public beta. The latest version of Audible for Android Beta will allow you to:
- sign into your Audible.com account
- sync your previously purchased audiobooks
- "sideload" audiobooks from your PC to your Android device (requires *.aax files)
- search for and download new audiobooks straight from the app
- play back the audiobooks, with an option to rewind 30 seconds
- bookmark a specific place, with the option to add notes
- view details, chapters, and previously saved bookmarks of audiobook
An Audible.com membership starts $7.49 per month for the first three months ($14.99 for each subsequent month), which is required to get full use out of the Android app. However, there's an option to test out the the Android app, and at the same time, the Audible.com service. You will get to play with all the features of the app, but will only have access to one chapter of each listed book. This can be a great opportunity to see if Audible for Android is right for you.
After playing with Audible for Android, I must say that I am extremely impressed. The UI is sleek and easy to use; it sort of reminds me of the Kindle Android app. And this is no surprise, since Audible is owned by Amazon as well. The audiobooks download rather fast over 3G and WiFi, and the sound quality is superb. There is also a huge selection of audiobooks available. For those book enthusiasts always on the go, this may be the ultimate alternative (or even complement) to Amazon's Kindle app. However, there is no integration for e-books, so this beta app is limited to audiobooks. Hopefully in a future release, there will be e-book integration, but for what it is, Audible for Android looks like a sure winner.
Audible Android UI
In order to gain access to the public beta, all you need to do is join Audible's Google Group here. After that, you will immediately gain access to Audible for Android's beta app. The download is not yet available from the Android Market, but you can download the app on their Google Group page, and install it as you would any APK.
So, does anyone currently use Audible.com service? And has anyone tried out the Android app yet? Let us know.
Source: Audible for Android Google Group
Thanks to mjb0314 for the tip