Ah... good thinking. This is what I've found as per the cost:Applespider said:i saw that but am very curious as to what it will cost! The books individually in the UK iTMS range from £17 to £50 - so a box set for £150 or so plus the cost of an iPod! Ouch!
Plug your headphones into your books and see what comes out of them...gekko513 said:Like I wrote in another post I think the audiobooks are ridiculously expensive. It's $41.50 on average per book.
That price per book is comparable to the total price for all 6 books in paperback from amazon: $43.21 ($26.22 boxed set of book 1-5 + $16.99 for book 6).
It's only $35 on audio cassette, and iTMS is a cheaper distribution system, and the first book is $23.10 on audio cassette. That would make $174.90 a price that would be comparable to other audio offers, not $249.WildCowboy said:Plug your headphones into your books and see what comes out of them...
Audiobooks are always much more expensive than the print book...they don't sell a lot of copies, and somebody has to sit there and read the darn things. Book 6 alone on CD (17 of them, I believe) is $52.50 at Amazon. It's $50 through iTunes, so it's competitively priced.
Don't think the revision of the law this summer changed that, so if you obtain copyrighted material (except for computer software) legally you can copy it, and not only to yourself but to your closest friends and relatives...gekko513 said:Is it really legal to rip them when you borrow them from the library?
And we're both part of the nice macrumors.com family, right? Just kidding.Mitthrawnuruodo said:Don't think the revision of the law this summer changed that, so if you obtain copyrighted material (except for computer software) legally you can copy it, and not only to yourself but to your closest friends and relatives...
Edit: I have ripped almost all of Douglas Adam's books (and the original HHGTTG radio show)... and thought of starting with Lord of the Rings and the Harry Potter series next...
sorry but that's takenmrgreen4242 said:Ah well, I was thinking about getting the HP iPod until I saw I had to drop $250 on the books I already have, and then I saw the nano and realized that my dreams had come true and that I will be getting a white 4gb model with 'Don't Panic' inscribed on the back.
Oh, I too have just about all the DNA audiobooks. All the HGTTG books, all 5 series of the Radio Series, and Last Chance to See (if you are a DNA fan and haven't read that you have to. Now). Don't have the Dirk Gently series, however, and I need to remedy that.
That's so they can attach the DRM to the tracks. Was the same thing with the U2 collection.watcher2001 said:You would think that by spending that much money you would get the hogwarts ipod pre-loaded with all the books. But no.. You get a code so that you can spend a LOT of time (Even with Broadband) downloading the books thru ITMS. No thanks.
You received a $50 voucher towards the roughly $200 U2 library... so no, you did not get the whole set, but you did technically shell out an additional $50.watcher2001 said:When they first started with the U2 iPod did you have to buy the library and the iPod as a set? Or could you just buy the iPod?
I don't buy that. The original records are almost assuredly digital. It is WAY more cost effective to record, edit, splice, master, etc. audio digitally. To master a CD set from those digital tracks would be next to trivial. Mass reproducing them would be also be less expensive than tape.question fear said:From what I understand, audiobooks on tape vs cd: tape is cheaper to transfer voice, to get a good quality transfer on cd requires a great deal more expense, hence the higher cd audio prices.
As for iTunes, the HP audiobooks are priced pretty evenly, it looks like the audio version of hp6 is about $20-30 lower than sticker retail.