Since the rollout of Windows 8, Windows users have had a dedicated platform app to listen to and buy audiobooks from Amazon’s Audible service, but that’s ending in a few months.
Earlier today, Audible started sending out emails to users alerting them to some changes the platform is making to its dedicated Windows 10 app, in that Audible has discontinued the app. starting January 13, 2022 and will no longer be available for download from the Windows app store.
Thankfully, Audible stores user libraries in the cloud and now suggests listeners continue using the iOS and Android apps for mobile or “by logging into Audible.com to listen with the desktop cloud player or on your Echo devices.” .
There are other instructions listed in the email which include instructions for transferring tracks to support MP3 players via AudibleSync, as well as an exclusion stating that the Windows 10 app, although not no longer available in the App Store, will still work until July 31. , 2022.
However, after the July deadline, users will no longer be able to use the app to access their library or the Audible storefront.
In a neurotic panic, I immediately took to Audible.com to see what the new experience would look like, and surprisingly, it’s not too different from the dedicated Windows app. Using Microsoft Edge to install the Audible.com website as an app gave me a chrome-free experience, and due to its PWA nature, the mini-player can be repeatedly opened so listeners can move back and forth between books, unlike the dedicated Windows 8 and 10 app.
Microsoft is working with Amazon to populate its Amazon app store on Windows 11 and users got a taste of its partnership with Amazon, with the Kindle app among the first to take advantage of Microsoft’s new developer revenue model. Microsoft apps. Maybe the removal of the old Audible app can be a precursor to a new app coming to Windows soon, or maybe we’ll have to get more familiar with PWAs in 2022.