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Audio Books for Ipods: Pros and Cons
by Bob Pardue

The audio books market has taken a turn recently toward audio books for iPods. With iPod products becoming so popular, many audio book companies are realizing the tremendous opportunity of using iPods to store and distribute audio books.

Let's take a look at how this works along with some pros and cons of developing audio books for iPods.

How do iPods Work for Audio Books?

Audio books are simply books that are spoken and then stored on an audio cassette tape or compact disk (CD). Those who lack the time or ability to read books often find audio books to be very enjoyable.

Children enjoy listening to their stories read aloud by audio book. They make great baby-sitters in the car while taking long family trips. Also, those traveling alone can enjoy a good book while driving. It's a great way to read without actually "reading!"

The iPod Stampede

Electronics consumers have been rushing out to get the latest technology called "iPods." Why? Because iPods have revolutionized the way audio is stored. Ipods are smaller than CD players, but can hold far more audio data.

Consumers can store their favorite music from many CDs onto one iPod unit. This saves time and storage space!

iPod owners can take their music or book on iPod with them wherever they go. Whether it's in the car, while taking a walk or bike ride, hiking, boating, etc. The possibilities are endless.

Pros of Creating Audio Books for iPods

There are many pros of creating audio books for iPods such as making more than one book available on one iPod player, providing an easy way to read books for those with a busy time schedule, and allowing children to listen to their favorite stories.

Many libraries are now offering iPod audio books on rental as they become more popular. This will save space and reduce maintenance costs. Books on tape usually require many tapes for one book. Books on CD reduced this to several CDs. With iPods, and entire book can fit into one file.

Another advantage is audio book files can be downloaded online from any computer. Public domain books are usually available at no charge.

Cons of Creating Audio Books for iPods

Though iPods can certainly make life easier for bookworms and music lovers there are a few disadvantages to creating audio books for iPods. iPods are still fairly new.

With any new technology, there will be many changes and "improvements" over the years to help quality, add features, increase memory, etc. iPods are still fairly expensive. Each year will offer new iPod technology that's better than the year before. So, consumers should be prepared to spend more dollars on new improved iPods to stay ahead.

Another disadvantage is that not all books are available for iPod just yet. So, it might be difficult to find some audio books.

To sum it up, audio books for iPods can provide great entertainment for those who love to read. And, as they become more popular, iPods will likely become more affordable for everyone.

Bob Pardue is the owner of Music Playground. Have some fun and learn to read music FREE by visiting today...

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