Audiobooks, iPods & OverDrive – Good News


Wow – this is exciting! OverDrive announces that a new software upgrade will make the majority of titles from the download service available to iPod, iTouch, and iPhone users. Here’s info from the press release:

Cleveland, OH, May 27, 2009 – OverDrive ( today announced that digital audiobook catalogs from leading publishers will be compatible with iPod® and other Apple® devices after a simple upgrade of OverDrive’s free, easy-to-use audiobook software. Starting in mid-June, millions of new and existing users with Windows® PCs will be able to install OverDrive Media Console version 3.2 with enhanced transfer functionality for iPod, iPhoneTM, iPod touch®, and iPod nano®, as well as Zune® and thousands of other portable devices. Participating publishers include Random House Audio, Hachette Audio, Penguin Audio, BBC Audiobooks America, Brilliance Audio, Tantor Media, and many more.

OverDrive Media Console’s enhanced Transfer Wizard will expand the largest selection of iPod-compatible audiobook titles for libraries by making the vast majority of existing audiobook titles on library download websites playable on Apple® devices. Retail customers at,, and will also benefit from the free upgrade. Best sellers such as Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight,” Malcolm Gladwell’s “Outliers,” John Grisham’s “The Appeal,” and Chuck Palahniuk’s “Pygmy” from libraries and retailers in OverDrive’s global network will become iPod-compatible downloads, along with highly-anticipated releases like Dan Brown’s “The Lost Symbol” and Tami Hoag’s “The Trouble with J.J.”

“iPod-compatibility instantly adds value to digital media catalogs powered by OverDrive and further expands the collection to the millions of iPod owners eager to download from the library,” said David Burleigh, director of marketing for OverDrive. “A simple software upgrade is all it takes to allow the transfer of thousands of additional bestsellers to the popular media player.”

Once OverDrive Media Console version 3.2 is installed, most titles in a library’s OverDrive WMA Audiobook collection will instantly become iPod-compatible for users with Windows PCs. The growing collection of iPod-compatible, Mac®-friendly OverDrive MP3 Audiobooks will still be available to help libraries better serve patrons with Apple computers.

OverDrive Media Console version 3.2 provides a superior audiobook listening experience with easy-to-use navigation features and expanded support for direct transfer to iPod, Zune, Creative players, and thousands of other devices. OverDrive music and video downloads from the library are also optimized for use on the OverDrive Media Console. Windows PC users can obtain the new version of the free software when it is released through their library’s download website or at

OverDrive provides download services for more than 8,500 libraries, retailers, and schools worldwide with support for PC, Mac, iPod, Sony® Reader, and virtually any MP3 player. To see if your public library is a member of the OverDrive network, visit OverDrive also operates the Digital Bookmobile (, a high-tech 18-wheeler traveling North America on behalf of public libraries to raise awareness about free library downloads.

About OverDrive
OverDrive is the leading global digital distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, music, and video. We deliver secure management, DRM protection, and download fulfillment services for hundreds of publishers and thousands of libraries, schools, and retailers serving millions of end users. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, OH.



About the Author:

Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees as well as the Audies. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column for Booklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

6 Comments on "Audiobooks, iPods & OverDrive – Good News"

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  1.' Jessica says:

    I’m glad to see the change, but still disappointed that it is not really Mac compatible. Overdrive has a long way to go to convert me to a user or even supporter.

  2.' freetouch says:

    Great blog found this via twitter im just adding to my blog now.

  3. I know personally I couldn’t live without my ipod. Thanks for the post!

  4.' Kitty says:

    I firstly hear of OverDrive.I am now concerning of iPod a lot.Is that software designed just for iPod? Thanks for your introduce about that, it is really make me learn more~

  5. Mary says:

    Check the OverDrive website – their software is now available for both Mac & PC, and allows download to many MP3 players, not just the iPod or Windows-compatible ones. Looks to me like a lot of people’s objections to the limitations of the service have been solved1

  6. I read somewhere that the screen of the Zune is larger than the current generation iPod and that makes it more attractive. However, I also found out that the resolution of screens of both these players is the same!! That means though the screen size is larger, the pixel count is the same, resulting in a poorer than iPod clarity for the Zune. Wonder what that will do in the market!

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