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Audible replaces AudibleManager for Windows
#1  skinmaan 12-01-2020, 05:45 PM
Got a note from Audible today.

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Our records indicate that in the past, you may have used the Audible Manager software to listen to your titles. In the upcoming weeks, the option to download titles to and listen via this software, will go away. If in the future you would like to continue side-loading titles to supported devices, you will need to download a new software called AudibleSync. Find out more about it here.

If you’d like to learn more about other ways to listen to Audible, like via our smartphone app for iOS and Android devices, streaming from your desktop or laptop computer, or from an Alexa-integrated device, we’re happy to talk to you more about these options.

If you run into any issues, just let us know. We’re here for you 24/7.
Gee, thanks Audible...

skinmaan
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#2  Catlady 12-01-2020, 07:54 PM
Quote skinmaan
Got a note from Audible today.

Gee, thanks Audible...

skinmaan
I got this, read it, read the additional info it pointed me to, and have no clue. I've never used Audible Manager for listening, but the mention of sideloading makes me wonder if there's anything that will affect me.
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#3  skinmaan 12-01-2020, 09:47 PM
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I got this, read it, read the additional info it pointed me to, and have no clue. I've never used Audible Manager for listening, but the mention of sideloading makes me wonder if there's anything that will affect me.
If you use a Sansa Clip (a lot of MobileRead'ers do) it affects you. If you have your Audible titles in iTunes (instead of using the Audible app) this affects you. If you back up your audiobooks this affects you. I think it is devastating.
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#4  Catlady 12-01-2020, 10:35 PM
Quote skinmaan
If you use a Sansa Clip (a lot of MobileRead'ers do) it affects you. If you have your Audible titles in iTunes (instead of using the Audible app) this affects you. If you back up your audiobooks this affects you. I think it is devastating.
I download the audiobook, run it through aaxtomp3, then load it onto my mp3 player. So ... I think I'm OK?
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#5  skinmaan 12-02-2020, 12:11 AM
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I download the audiobook, run it through aaxtomp3, then load it onto my mp3 player. So ... I think I'm OK?
That's the thing. They just cut off step 1. No more downloading. You're fine for the audiobooks you've already done, but how about those you have yet to buy?
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#6  CRussel 12-02-2020, 01:08 AM
So far as I can tell, you'll still be able to download via a web page. But if not, then we have more annoyance, but we still have workarounds. for one, I don't use Audible Manager or any Audible product to download my files. For another, on Windows, the files for the Windows 10 version of the Audible app are stored in: %homedrive%\%homepath%\AppData\Local\Packages\Audi bleInc.AudibleforWindowsPhone_xns73kv1ymhp2\LocalS tate\Content. They appear to be normal aax files. So not a problem.
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#7  bartveld 12-02-2020, 03:37 AM
Quote CRussel
So far as I can tell, you'll still be able to download via a web page. But if not, then we have more annoyance, but we still have workarounds. for one, I don't use Audible Manager or any Audible product to download my files. For another, on Windows, the files for the Windows 10 version of the Audible app are stored in: %homedrive%\%homepath%\AppData\Local\Packages\Audi bleInc.AudibleforWindowsPhone_xns73kv1ymhp2\LocalS tate\Content. They appear to be normal aax files. So not a problem.
Reading Audible's message I too was alarmed. It looks very much like a way to stop users downloading their content. And being forced to use one of 3 mp3 players also points to some method of protecting the mp3's. So I thought I'll try it out. But I can't even log in. Every time I enter my mail and password I return to the sign in screen.
Great going Audible.

Anyway, if, as you say, aax files are still stored on PC, then there probably is no problem. But if not, then this is a dealbreaker.
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#8  bartveld 12-02-2020, 03:44 AM
O, great. Trying to contact Audible about the sign in problem, the 3 options (chat, phone, mail) are all greyed out. I don't think Ill be returning to Audible any time soon.
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#9  skinmaan 12-02-2020, 12:59 PM
Aha! Here are the problems. First, if you still use Windows 7 or XP you're DOA (from the FAQ):

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The AudibleSync app is a Windows 10 app for your computer that allows for quick and easy downloading of your titles. You can use this app to transfer your titles to a supported MP3 player.
Also, it looks like the purpose of this is to make sure the file is not downloaded to your computer. The audiobook goes straight from the website to your player via the app. This will likely mean that the file will not play on your PC if you copy it from your player to your computer. I think that means most of the jailbreak programs will no longer work since the rights authorization does not exist on your PC. The Audible Download Manager places the rights on your PC when it downloads currently.
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#10  Paperbackstash 12-02-2020, 01:46 PM
Oh, shoot. Glad I saw this before now. I like having the files backed up in case something odd happens to account or computer. I haven't converted any or figured it out, but will work on that this week with figuring it out. I use the Audible app to listen, but have spent a considerable amount of money (for me) on the audiobooks purchased, so do not feel comfortable not having downloaded copies.
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