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  • Did you see Thursday (IIRC) that Amazon is buying Audible?
    • I did see that! So far, it seems to have no impact on anything. Maybe eventually (ha!) audiobooks will be available as DRM-free mp3s. That would be nice. I mean, I imagine that I could go torrent most of the stuff I'm buying, it's just a hassle and I like to feel like I'm helping people stay employed. I just wish they'd help me, in return, keep my blood pressure down.

      We'll see!
      • I don't think the purchase is final, so it'll likely be awhile before any real changes make it to the surface.

        Carl does something magic to turn his Audible stuff into MP3. I could ask him what he's using, if you want.
  • Hey, Ricardo...

    This requires Windows. I don't know how to do it on other platforms without capturing the audio in real-time.

    Audible has gone around and DMCA-threatened folks for posting details on how to do this, so I'll list the pieces... you can figure it out from there. (For the record, I do this to play on a non-DRM-enabled device.)

    dBpoweramp Music Converter + its WMA codec
    Audible's Windows Media Player plugin

    That will get you one big WAV file, at a fraction of playback speed, for each .aa file.

    I to s
  • Have you tried the audio books on eMusic? They are DRM-free MP3.
    • shows me one giant image that links to signup. I can't see any way to browse their offerings.

      I don't see any reason to sign up for Who Knows What.
      • Hm, actually, after trying a bunch of links, I found it by going to About Us, then to the "Browse" tab.

        Good work, jerks.
        • ...and then, for example, they have only the abridged version of Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, and they have only vols 1-2, of 3.