Amazon Audible 2.0 app launched for Apple iPad
Whispersync support, vastly improved user interface and support for the iPad and iPad Mini come to audibook fans after a very long wait
Audible 2.0, which remains a free app, not only brings support for Apple's latest tablet devices but also comes with a revised user interface designed to look more like the sort of app a user would be running in the 21st century and address some of the usability concerns customers had with the original version.
Accordingly, the software now tracks the user's progress throughout a book correctly - putting an end to the annoying fast-forwarding required to continue listening to an audiobook on a second sitting. The software also includes Amazon Whispersync integration, allowing users to synchronise their progress through an audiobook with the eBook version on the Kindle app or Kindle eReader device: get the the start of chapter three in Audible, and a linked Kindle will turn to that chapter automatically when you open the eBook; finish that chapter on the Kindle and Audible will start from chapter four the next time you launch the app.
Additional tweaks and features include a simplified start-up sequence with Amazon account support, a progress bar indicating the remaining time on a book, mobile-optimised downloads that allow for up to three hours of data over a mobile network connection and a clever library filter that can hide titles once they've been listened to - with a single tap bringing them back if the user wants to hear them again.
Combined with a better search system, both for the library and for the integrated Audible store, Amazon appears confident that the long wait for the iPad version has not been in vain.