An iPad might be better suited to typing and reading rather than listening to music, but a lot of people still use it as an audio player. Apart from music, there are many other things you can listen to on your iDevice. Podcasts have an app of their own, while the most popular vendor of audiobooks, Audible, offers its dedicated client for iOS as well. Until now though, the official app from Audible.com has been iPhone-only, with only a letterboxed version available for iPad and iPad mini. Finally the folks over at Amazon seem to have realized that people listen to audiobooks on tablets as well, and have made Audible a universal app. Apart from iPad optimization, the app’s latest update also brings changes in the UI, a new filter for sorting your collection, and easier ways to log in to your account.
The first change iPhone users are going to notice in Audible is its new login screen. There are now three options on the welcome screen. If you are new to the service and want to get a taste of things before registering, simply tap the ‘Try the app’ button. Existing users can sign in using their Amazon or Audible accounts.
The overall design of the iPhone app has been revamped as well. The player screen displays the album art in the background, with the playback controls laid on top. Dragging the slider at the bottom of the screen shows you instructions regarding gesture support in Audible.
On the iPad, the app has a really cool interface. Once your books have been synced with the device, you can start listening to them with a single tap. Even during a download, it is possible to begin streaming the audiobook. In the top-left corner, the album art of the current book is shown, you can tap it to quickly navigate to the player screen. Although it was previously possible to sort books in your Audible collection, the current update has added a new and useful filter to the sorting options; you can now make the app display only unfinished titles, hiding every book as soon as it has been played completely.
Audible now supports 3G/4G downloading of up to three hours of audio, which has been a demand of many users for a long time. The update is available for all devices running iOS 5 or later. You can grab the app for free from the link below.