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Audible for WP7 is still in the works

Audible is one of the few, last remaining marquee apps that Windows Phone is lacking. The popular "spoken audio entertainment, information, and educational programming" (aka books on tape) application is currently on every platform but so far has received little attention from the Amazon.com owned company. The last we heard from them was in October where they were non-committal.

Though official "support" can be a finicky source for stories, if we are to believe them, they do have a Windows Phone app in development with no ETA available:

"... our app developers are working on a WP7 app, but no date has been announced as of yet."

So that's that. Wish we could say more, like it's right around the corner, but we'll just have to wait till more info comes forth. But hey, it sounds promising.

Source: Twitter, (Thanks, Patrick H., for the heads up!)

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Audible for WP7 is still in the works

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They said the same thing when I sendt them an email in January, so I wouldn't hold my breath, not expecting anything untill Mango is here atleast.

I've emailed these guy's three times in the past six or seven months and keep getting the FAQ about WP7 sent back to me (thanks guys...). I was so annoyed this past time that I put my Audible account on hold in hopes that they will release the WP7 client in the next few months (rather than cancel the account). But I wanted to make sure they weren't getting another penny from me until then. And if there is still no Audible client on Windows Phone when the "hold" period is over then I'll cancel (I've retured to actually reading books on the bus to/from work :-).

After my comment above I wrote to them again (4th time since WP7 came out). I got a very long and sincere reply from Audible. No positive response but I appreciate their attitude. One amusing explanation from the rep: At this time due to the high volume and demand for the Audible for Android and Audible for iPhone applications we have not been able to complete development of the Windows Phone 7 application." How does high volume or demand affect their development effort? Are they saying the apps for iPhone or Androis is unstable and need a lot of maintenance? iPhone and Android have been out for a long time.As a 11+ year listener, I am not ready to give up. I am still carrying my Samsung Omnia II to listen to Audible. As a consolation, Audible gave me $10 in credit. I will write to them every month.

It took forever to get the Audible app for Android & iOS. I suspect that Audible did not even start working on the WP7 app until after those apps were released & debugged. Based on the Android time line, I would say the WP7 app should be coming soon.

I was so surprised this morning when I wanted to listen to an audiobook and found there was no Audible app in the marketplace. I sent an email off to audible (cc'd to Amazon support) to express my desire for such an app.