Audible. An amazing service, with the worst app ever. Until now, that is. Not only has Amazon (Audible’s owner) finally made a version for the iPad, it has also tweaked the iPhone version extensively.
The Lady listens to lots of audiobooks, many of which I bought when I had an Audible subscription. But the Audible app was so bad she just listened in the Music app, which is terrible enough on its own. Truncated titles, poor sorting and no real way to keep track of your progress meant that the experience was a lot more “Android” than “iOS.”
The new app fixes that. The main new feature is that it is now Universal, and works on the iPad. The big-screen view looks great, with thumbnails of all your titles, great sorting and search options and progress bars on every book (even the ones that are in your Music library. (The app has always been able to play the books you have synced to your iPad via iTunes.)
You also get full access to your “cloud” library (books you have bought but which aren’t currently on the device) and you can now download the first 50MB of a title over cellular, letting you get started without a Wi-Fi network.
The iPhone app is also a lot nicer, with a redesigned interface and the same quick signup/sign-in to Amazon for new and old users.
If you listen to audiobooks, you should probably grab this app. Even if you never plan to buy an Audible book.
Source: App Store.