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Audible Finally Releases App For iPhone

Amazon-owned Audible has released a free app for owners of the iPhone and the iPod Touch who want to listen to audiobooks on the move.

The new App supports iOS4 multitasking, chapter navigation, bookmarking, listening and viewing controls plus the ability to download content via Wi-Fi.

Users will also be able to connect to social networks such as Facebook and Twitter and share their favourite audio books with their friends and acquaintances.

Surprisingly, while you can create an Audible account from the app itself, you're not able to purchase anything from the store even with more than 75,000 titles around.

The App will be compatible with the iPad but won't offer anything special in terms of interface design. It will however allow customers to browse through their iPod library and find audio books that have already been downloaded via iTunes or Audible's existing download manager.

It is a tad surprising that Apple has allowed Audible which is a direct competitor to iTunes, to be available on the iPhone. The next step would be for Amazon to get Amazon music on the iPhone but that could well be a step too far.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.