Apple Moves Audiobooks into iBooks App, Adds Chapter Select in iOS 8.4 Beta

Earlier today, Apple seeded the first iOS 8.4 beta, which includes a revamped Music app, to developers. MacRumors forum user pazimi has found that Apple has also made changes to how it handles audiobooks in the new beta, moving playback from the Music app to the iBooks app.

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Audiobooks in iBooks in iOS 8.4 beta.

Currently, in iOS 8.3, a users' audiobook library is divorced from their ebook library, forcing users to use two different apps to access their entire digital book library. The new update consolidates all books in Apple's iBooks app and also fixes another longstanding issue with audiobooks on iOS. Since iOS 7, audiobook listeners have been unable to view chapter titles or even select them. However, pazimi points out that while chapters are now selectable in iOS 8.4, they do not list the actual chapter titles, as they're listed as "track numbers".

Finally, Apple has added a new fast forward and fast rewind feature, allowing users to easily scrub through an audiobook chapter. Users simply have to drag the book cover art to the left or right and hold to jump back or move forward further within the audiobook.

Update: iOS 8.4 also adds a standalone Audiobooks app to the CarPlay interface.



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19 months ago
That's where it should have been in the first place. Glad it's fixed now.
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19 months ago
App store app.

Now if we could get an App Store app and get the apps out of iTunes.

I wouldn't mind getting iTunes U out of there too....

Gary
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19 months ago

MacRumors could have credited the first person to bring this up in the other thread.

They chose not to.


Garry - we did. pazimi posted it before you did. He/she also submitted it via the tips@macrumors.com email, which also gave us a heads up on it.

arn
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19 months ago
Hopefully this means audiobooks are covered by iCloud now. Oddly the last remnant that you can't easily redownload.

Something like WhisperSync would be an awesome addition.
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19 months ago
Awesome, glad to see Apple cleaning up it's stores. This makes so much more sense now.
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19 months ago
My wife loves Audiobooks but still likes to read when she can. In 2014 Amazon who owns Audible.com came out with the killer pairing, WhisperSync. You can buy the Kindle version and send it to your iOS Kindle app, and then add the Audiobook as an add-on. It is really slick. You can switch back and forth from reading to listening and it always knows where you are. This is a game changer. Also, the combo price for the kindle version with the whispersync add-on is usually less than Amazon's or iTunes Audible price anyway. So even if you never intend to read the ebook, you can save money buying the combo. Obviously not all titles include the whispersync, but a lot of new stuff does. Until Apple does this, (and that would be if Amazon doesn't lock them out or patent them out), there is almost no reason to go with Audiobooks through iTunes/iBooks.
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19 months ago
Next app: videos. Oh please fix the videos app
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19 months ago
Nice move, they're better together. Now they should:

1. Move music videos to the Music app.

2. Seperate the Video app into 2 seperate apps for Movies/Films and TV Shows.

3. Make it easier to store your content in seperate iTunes libraries for each app.

4. Move Newsstand out of the App Store and make it a seperate app like Music with its own store and radically update the Newsstand UI.

5. Ditch the iTunes store altogether - so you buy content through the Music app, Films app, iBooks app, etc instead.

6. Replicate these changes on the Mac/PC version of iTunes.
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19 months ago

How do you get such borrowed books on your phone? If it's via a library's app, it's definitely going to continue living in that app. If you're borrowing physical audiobooks from the library and ripping them into iTunes to listen via your phone, then you need to tag them as audiobooks. If you're doing something else I'd be interested to know about it. :)

Here's how to tell iTunes that a recently ripped audiobook isn't music:
Once they're ripped into your library, likely along with all your music, highlight all the tracks and open the "Get Info" window. Go to the "Options" tab and change "media kind" to Audiobook.

Maybe you already knew how to distinguish audiobooks in your iTunes library, but I only discovered it recently and figured I'd share for all. I imagine doing this will support the shift into iBooks with 8.4.


Didn't know that. Thanks for the tip!
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19 months ago

Why? What's the point?


Less icons, less clutter, more minimal.
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