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What is the difference between audiobooks in WMA and MP3?

Last Updated: Dec 06, 2012  |  7346 Views

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You can enjoy our audiobooks in two formats: WMA and MP3.

OverDrive WMA audiobooks are Windows formatted and can be downloaded to a Windows computer, as well as transferred to Windows formatted devices including the Apple iPod, and in some cases can be burned to CDs.

OverDrive MP3 audiobooks offer a wide range of compatibility, including download to Windows and Mac computers, transfer to most devices, and permission to burn to CD.

WMA and MP3 Audiobooks sound the same, but differ in three important ways:

  • File size: MP3 files are twice as large as WMA. This means WMA audiobooks download and transfer more quickly.

  • Compatibility: Compatibility refers to how you can play the audiobook. MP3 audiobooks are compatible with more devices, and also play on Mac.

  • Returns: If you finish with an MP3 audiobook early, you can return it before the library lending period expires. Due to licensing agreements, WMA titles cannot be returned prior to expiration.

    Note: Currently, OverDrive Media Console for Mac does not support audiobook returns.

MP3 Audiobooks

  1. Download to…

    • Windows® computers

    • Mac® computers

    • Android™ devices

    • Blackberry® devices

    • iPhone® / iPad® / iPod touch® devices

    • Windows Phone 7

  2. Transfer to...

    • Apple® devices from a Windows or Mac computer

    • Most cell phones and PDAs

    • MP3 players

    • Some eBook readers

  3. Burn to CD

WMA Audiobooks

  1. Download to…

    • Windows computers

  2. Transfer to…

  3. Burn to CD (with publisher permission)

Learn how to install OverDrive Media Console for Windows or Mac.

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