May 28, 2009

More Titles from OverDrive to be iPod Compatible

In mid-June, OverDrive, one of Troy Public Library's suppliers of downloadable eAudiobooks, is releasing a new version of its Media Console software. What makes this update newsworthy is that the majority of all downloadable OverDrive audiobook titles will become iPod compatible.

The issue of iPod compatibility with OverDrive eAudiobooks has been a concern for sometime. iPod users were told that downloaded materials couldn't be transferred, or would have to come up with various workarounds for the problem. Last year, to help solve the problem, OverDrive started releasing titles in the OverDrive MP3 format, that can be transferred to an iPod. The problem is the many bestsellers, such as Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, The 8th Confession by James Patterson, and Resilience by Elizabeth Edwards, are not available in the MP3 format. They can be downloaded and played on a computer, but are not iPod transferable.

OverDrive Media Console 3.2 should change that. According to the OverDrive press release, "once OverDrive Media Console version 3.2 is installed, most titles in a library's OverDrive WMA Audiobook collection will instantly become iPod-compatible for users with Windows PCs." It appears that the only drawback is that Mac users will not be able to take advantage of this update.

This news comes at an excellent time for the Troy Library. We have been seeing record numbers of checkouts this year of our OverDrive material. If you haven't used OverDrive because popular titles were not available to be transferred to your iPod, keep following The Tech Desk. We will let you know when OverDrive Media Console 3.2 is available.

In the meantime, if you still would like to check out OverDrive, go to the library homepage and click "Downloadable eBooks, Audiobooks, and Videos" in the left side menu.

For the complete text of the OverDrive press release, click here.


Ruth said...

Why oh why can't I use my fabulous Mac with my brand new ipod to download Mp3 books (except for very few)? As it is, I need 2 ipods, one to use with my Mac and ITunes and the other one to download books from a pc at work.

Becky said...

Even though it tells me the titles are compatible with my iPhone, they are not. I have downloaded from the ipod list, tried to transfer, and still get the same messages about them being locked for that use.

John Robertson said...

Becky, I'm not sure what the problem is. According to OverDrive, the iPhone is a compatible device. This FAQ may help. Also, the Michigan Library Consortium has an extensive troubleshooting guide. If you can't find your solution there, I recommend contacting your local library for support.