Earlier this week a less than reliable blog reported that Audible was “moving to an enhanced ebook format”. Unlike that blog’s “exclusive hardware leaks”, there was actually some truth to the Audible story.
I checked with Audible, and they informed me that they sent out an email to customers this week. Actually, they sent out two, one to Windows users and another to macOS users. (The only difference was that the email to Windows users mentioned the long-abandoned Audible Manager app.)
The short version is that Audible is retiring an audiobook format. Anyone who wants to use that older format will need to download your audiobooks before the end of June. This includes anyone who owns an older device running older versions of the Audible app.
Interestingly, I read over at MobileRead that the enhanced format is actually easier to strip the DRM, and not harder as you would expect.
Here’s what Audible had to say macOS users:
Our records show that in the past, you may have downloaded your Audible titles on your Mac in an older audio format we call “format 4.” In the upcoming weeks, we will be moving all downloads to an enhanced, high-quality audio format and will no longer support format 4 downloading.
We’re excited about providing you with this higher-quality listening experience. Your Audible titles are yours to keep and will be available for you to re-download in the new, higher-quality audio format. If you prefer to listen to your Audible titles in format 4 audio, you will want to download them all to your device before we make the switch on 6/30/2020.
If you would 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’ll figure it out. We’re here for you 24/7.