During its first 2021 event yesterday, Apple announced "the next chapter of podcasting" with its Apple Podcasts Subscriptions. It's a new platform for podcasters that allows them to monetize their shows using subscription fees — conveniently only available to consumers through the Apple Podcasts app. Apple positions the new monetization method as separate premium products in addition to existing free or ad-supported podcasts, and there are already tons of studios and independent podcasters lining up to become part of the service.
The move is just part of a larger trend in the podcasting world, mostly kicked off by Spotify. The music streaming service is picking up more and more exclusives, holding some of our favorite content hostage with its terrible app in the process. Read More
Netflix's recent interactive film Bandersnatch received mostly mixed reviews, but was wholly successful in driving interest in Choose Your Own Adventure-style (CYOA) stories. That was both a boon and a frustration to Chooseco, the owner of the CYOA registered trademark and publisher of the famous book series of the same name. There was finally a resurgence of interest in CYOA stories, but the company didn't feel it was getting proper recognition. After filing a lawsuit with Netflix, Chooseco has now taken its first step into taking advantage of its newfound popularity in the digital age with a CYOA Alexa skill. Read More
There's really only one game in town when it comes to audiobooks, and that's Audible. That means you have to use the frustrating, awkward Audible app. It's slightly less messy today thanks to a new UI that rolled out sans app update. The new interface cuts down on the clutter and moves useful features into the main player. Read More
The Kindle app for Android has received an update with a couple of useful new features inside. In version 18.104.22.168, which began rolling out a few days ago and seems to have now reached everyone, Amazon's ebook reading app will let you pull to refresh your library, easily see your Audible audiobooks, and return a book you had leased. Read More
Amazon sells a lot of ebooks on its Kindle platform, but it also owns Audible to push audiobooks. It sells a lot of those, too, even though audiobooks tend to be rather spendy. Audible subscriptions are a cheaper way to get the books, and you can save a ton on an Audible subscription today. It's $50 cheaper than usual, and they'll throw in an Echo Dot. Read More
If you're anything like me, you probably have an unending list of books that you want to read but never actually get around to because you just don't have the time or the patience. Audiobooks are a great way to take back some of the time that's spent on a commute or on the treadmill, so it's no surprise that Amazon-owned Audible is so popular. So popular, in fact, that it has now crossed 100 million downloads on the Play Store. Read More
Avid audiobook listeners will be excited to know that Sonos has just added support for Audible to its line of smart speakers. Despite having already worked with Amazon to equip its Sonos One speakers with Alexa, Amazon's Audible audiobook service was still surprisingly missing from the list of available music services in the Sonos app after having been removed two years ago. Read More
Amazon's Echo is one of the most popular smart-speakers out there, and we've pointed out discounts on it before. Not only is today's the lowest we've seen, but it also comes with a few treats. If you've been waiting for a bonus to sweeten Amazon's Alexa-powered pot, right now over at QVC, you can pick one up for just $75, along with three vouchers for Audible books, and two months of Music Unlimited (three for new subscribers). What a savings... savings... savings. Is there an Echo in here? Read More
Sometimes you just want to sit down with a good book, but you've got places to be. That's where Audible comes in. This Amazon-owned service is the largest source of audio books online, and you can buy a 1-year membership right now at a steep discount. $100 gets you a year of Audible with 12 credits. Read More
Audiobooks are a great way to 'read' when you're driving, cooking, or doing some other activity in which you want listen to something that isn't your favorite musical act. Good thing, then, that Audible is offering free streaming audio books and Channels to Amazon Prime members as part of the 'Prime Benefits' scheme.
The number of audiobooks is upwards of fifty, with the selection changing every so often, so there'll likely be something in that list for even the most picky of readers. In addition, Amazon is offering Audible's newest feature, Channels, to Prime customers, which includes things like ad-free podcasts, comedy shows, non-fiction, and narrated articles from some of the world's biggest and most well-known publishers. Read More