Includes Over 105,000 Hours of Downloadable Audiobooks & Other Spoken Word Titles
WAYNE, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 31, 2006--Audible, Inc.
(NASDAQ: ADBL; www.audible.com), the leading provider of spoken
entertainment and information on the Internet today announced that the
company will continue to offer more than 105,000 hours of downloadable
audiobooks and other spoken word programs from Audible exclusively
through the iTunes Music Store.
Audible.com customers will continue to be able to use their iPods
and iTunes software to download and manage their audible.com audio,
and Audible will continue to exclusively supply the iTunes Music Store
with its more than 16,000 audiobooks and other book-related content.
Audible will also continue to supply iTunes with a consistent flow of
other programming from audible.com's vast collection of comedy, paid
podcasts, lectures, speeches, radio programs, language instruction,
children's stories, religious programs, and dramatic performances.
"We're thrilled to offer iTunes customers access to Audible's
astounding catalog of spoken word content," said Eddy Cue, Apple's
vice president of iTunes. "Audible's audiobooks have been extremely
popular with iTunes customers and consistent best sellers."
"We are very happy to know that we will continue to work closely
with iTunes," said Donald Katz, chairman and CEO, Audible, Inc.
"Working with iTunes has been a tremendous benefit to our listeners,
and we expect things to be even better as the digital media economy
continues to grow."
Audible titles have been consistent best sellers at iTunes. Author
Thomas Friedman's audiobook, The World Is Flat, hit the number one
spot on iTunes, and many other audiobooks, including Annie Proulx's
Brokeback Mountain and C.S. Lewis' Narnia Collection have been iTunes
best sellers. Through iTunes, Audible unveiled exclusive early
releases of best-selling downloads from comedians Jon Stewart and Bill
Maher, and recent best sellers from Audible have included comedy from
Ricky Gervais and Stephen Colbert.
Audible first began distributing digital audio content on iTunes
in October of 2003, when Audible became the exclusive source of spoken
word content for the iTunes Music Store. In 2004, Audible began to
exclusively supply spoken word titles and programs to the iTunes Music
Stores in the UK, France, Germany, and later across Europe. Audible
audio titles are now available through 21 iTunes Music Stores around
About Audible, Inc.
Audible (www.audible.com) is the leading provider of spoken
entertainment and information on the Internet. Content from Audible is
downloaded and played back on personal computers, CDs, or
AudibleReady(R) computer-based mobile devices. Audible has 105,000
hours of audio programming from 334 content partners, including
leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and
newspaper publishers, and business information providers. Audible.com
is the Apple iTunes Music Store's preeminent provider of spoken
products for downloading or streaming via the Web. Among Audible's
other key business relationships are Bookspan, Creative Labs, Dell,
iriver, Microsoft, Palm, SanDisk, Texas Instruments, and XM Satellite
Audible, www.audible.com, www.audible.co.uk, AudibleListener, and
AudibleReady are registered trademarks of Audible, Inc. and all are
part of the family of Audible, Inc. trademarks. Other product or
service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective