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Jan 31, 2008, 08:26 AM
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Category: Tunes
Link: Amazon buying Audible.com (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20080131092627)
Description:: Online reseller getting its download ducks in order

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PlaceofDis
Jan 31, 2008, 08:27 AM
i do wonder how this will pan out for iTunes.

LizKat
Jan 31, 2008, 08:52 AM
i do wonder how this will pan out for iTunes.

Yeh well Amazon actually wonders how it will pan out for Amazon. It's not like Audible hasn't been struggling for years to stay afloat. This seems like golden parachute time for the Audible honchos and a potential writeoff for Amazon if it doesn't work well for them. If it does work then all it does is sop up some of the losses Amazon takes from not having tweaked their free shipping parameters out of the red ink factory yet. Letting a FedEx truck make a 130 mile round trip to drop off some cookware at my place out in the sticks, ai ai ai... nice for me, nice for FedEx (maybe), but Amazon should invest in petrol stocks.

spazzcat
Jan 31, 2008, 09:36 AM
I hope they don't mess Audible up! I don't want to go back to getting my audio books from the library.

yoman
Jan 31, 2008, 09:55 AM
It would be safe to assume that the iTunes Audible exclusive agreement will no longer exist. The question is will there be any agreement at all.

PlaceofDis
Jan 31, 2008, 10:00 AM
It would be safe to assume that the iTunes Audible exclusive agreement will no longer exist. The question is will there be any agreement at all.

my thoughts exactly. depends on what Amazon will do with it.

mklos
Jan 31, 2008, 08:03 PM
I think this is something Apple should have done. They have $18.5 Billion in the bank and is doing absolutely nothing with it. They could have done great things with Audible.

SthrnCmfrtr
Jan 31, 2008, 10:09 PM
It would be safe to assume that the iTunes Audible exclusive agreement will no longer exist. The question is will there be any agreement at all.

That depends on what the contract is, doesn't it? My understanding is that contracts are not voided by acquisition. I have no idea what their contract is like, and it might be worth the money to pay the penalty and escape...