Compatability with audible.com (it is amazon after all)

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Simple_Man
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Compatability with audible.com (it is amazon after all)

Post by Simple_Man » Wed Sep 21, 2011 11:28 pm

It would seem that this is a no brainer for the development team at Media Monkey / Ventis Media. I don't know the exact details but I know Media Monkey promotes purchasing music through amazon's website. Therefore I would imagine there was some sort of partnership hashed out. Audible.com is a subsidiary of Amazon, correct? I know for a fact that you can sign up to audible.com through Media Monkey and do everything needed to download an audio book through the amazon site (at the bottom of the site there is an audible link) because I have done this. So I was surprised that once my book was downloaded by the audible program I downloaded through Media Monkey, that I could not even listen to it through Media Monkey...let alone put it onto my ipod, unless I was to reformat it and go through itunes. This is where I am totally lost. How does Media Monkey promote amazon's mp3 site & state that purchasing helps Media Monkey but then is not supported by audible.com (at least that is what the audible rep's tell me). Could you imagine you are a fan (for whatever reason) of itunes and you download music from the itunes store (Side Note: which if you do, don't reinstall your operating system or you will lose your ability to play the music that you purchased - This is a whole 'nother topic but you have no rights to the music you bought?!?). Everything is great but then when you download an audio book from the itunes store they tell you, "we do not support itunes". Surely, Apple would never say, "You must use Windows Media Plalyer to access your itunes store purchased and downloaded audio book".
I know DRM and the .aa format or the .aax format or whatever they try to keep people from stealing or sharing or whatever. Personally, after every good book I have bought and read I've passed it on...am I Robin Hood? Hardly, this is common practice I do believe. How many people read or listen to the same book over and over? This is not my point though. I am not interested in ways around breaking the format to turn it into .mp3 - I would like to have the ability to use amazon's file format to use in Media Monkey and to put on my ipod through Media Monkey. I hope I have been clear how I can not fathom that audible hasn't worked with Media Monkey since day 1. Unless Ventis has nothing to do with Amazon and it was built in to Media Monkey by one of the kind script developer's not employed by Ventis. Are the parallels I am drawing with Apple off base? Does anyone have any more information on this frustrating situation? :-? :o :( :-?
For now I am downloading to my Android phone and bypassing my laptop, Media Monkey, Itunes, & Ipod because I don't have any other choice unless I were to try breaking the .aa format with Goldwave or similar (seemingly if there is a will there is a way). This defeats the purpose and creates an escalating battle of capitalism vs. true free market.
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Re: Compatability with audible.com (it is amazon after all)

Post by Lowlander » Thu Sep 22, 2011 9:52 am

As posted in other threads, audible charges a license for use of the format and this is why it isn't included in MediaMonkey.
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Re: Compatability with audible.com (it is amazon after all)

Post by Devineme » Fri Sep 23, 2011 1:58 pm

I use audible too. You can use (I use) Nero. I have version 8 (haven't upgraded). Heres what you do. Download your audible tracks. Open you .aa files with Nero, it will prompt you for you audible password (part of nero and built in). You then burn to Nero Virtual Disk Image (instead of CD) then load the ccd image with Nero Virtual Drive. Then you can use Media Monkey to Rip the .Flac files. Next send to any device and any bitrate.

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Re: Compatability with audible.com (it is amazon after all)

Post by Falcon » Fri Sep 23, 2011 9:10 pm

Lowlander wrote:As posted in other threads, audible charges a license for use of the format and this is why it isn't included in MediaMonkey.
No valid point for Gold users.
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Re: Compatability with audible.com (it is amazon after all)

Post by Lowlander » Fri Sep 23, 2011 10:19 pm

It might elevate the Gold license so much that it would scare of many users. So from a business point it might not be wise to include Audible compatibility. The same reasoning has been used on other formats.
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Re: Compatability with audible.com (it is amazon after all)

Post by Falcon » Sat Sep 24, 2011 6:23 pm

How would it scare users?

If we (Gold users) don't get it for "free"... I'd say, do an Plug-In. I personally would be willing to spend another few Dollars/Euros in such a plug-in!
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Re: Compatability with audible.com (it is amazon after all)

Post by rusty » Sat Sep 24, 2011 9:26 pm

We'll check again post 4.0 and see if it's doable.

Tracked at http://www.ventismedia.com/mantis/view.php?id=2742

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Re: Compatability with audible.com (it is amazon after all)

Post by Guest » Sun Dec 16, 2012 8:39 am

Hi Rusty,

I see you put this on the docket late in 2011. I'd like to affirm the idea of selling a plug-in to play .aa files. It would be an excellent additional revenue stream. You could sell it as an independent add-on to the free version at one price and then at a lower price for those who upgrade to Gold. That would further incentivize upgrades.

Where are you guys at with this?

Thanks,

- JC

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