13 Replies Latest reply on Aug 31, 2012 7:26 AM by stolenmoment

    WMA Audiobook incompatibility

      I bought the Nook Color because I "could download books from my Library:"

      By far, most of the audiobooks are WMA, which the NC can't play.

       

      I know many others have been equally mislead

       

      Time for an Ipad.

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        • Re: WMA Audiobook incompatibility
          Desert_Brat

           


          hyrb wrote:

          I bought the Nook Color because I "could download books from my Library:"

          By far, most of the audiobooks are WMA, which the NC can't play.

           

          I know many others have been equally mislead

           

          Time for an Ipad.

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          Audio books are not the same as books. The manual is explicit in what types of formats will work with the Nook color, so nobody has been misled except through their own misunderstanding and misexpectation.

           

          A lot of libraries use the Overdrive console for checking out and listening to audio books on your home computer.

           

          Have fun with your iPad.

          • Re: WMA Audiobook incompatibility
            cbtengr

            Be sure to read the specs before buying that ipad.  Don't want you to be mislead again.

            • Re: WMA Audiobook incompatibility
              shelli74
              You bought a $250 nookcolor to listen to Audiobooks?? There are tons of cheap music players you could have bought for doing that. For the rare occasion I might want an audiobook on my nc I know I can easily convert the file to work. But I bought my nc to read books, paid for and free and in the 11/2 months I have had it I have downloaded about a dozen library books from my library overdrive account.
              • Re: WMA Audiobook incompatibility

                The NookColor does NOT support WMA (Windows Media-Audio) The NookColor Manual clearly states what it Does support, WMA is NOT Listed. 

                 

                The reason NookColor does not support WMA?? that would be one more thing to have to get licensed through Microsoft, for a fee, driving up the price of the device.  Personally I thought there were too many end user agreements on the thing already.

                 

                Misled?  Not sure where you got that manual saying the nook color supported WMA, but none of the copies i have say that.

                • Re: WMA Audiobook incompatibility
                  phoneboy

                  Um.. Nobody mentioned that the Ipad does not support WMA format either

                   

                    • Re: WMA Audiobook incompatibility
                      MatthewH
                      Good point phoneboy, WMA isn't playable on ipads, or linux boxen, I'm not sure about MacOS but I think third-party software is needed fir WMA on MacOS -- it is a Microsoft proprietary format. Anybody remember Plays For Sure, Redmond's failed attempt some years back to get makers of portable music players to use WMA and the Microsoft DRM system? The market preferred non-DRM MP3. The only vendor I know to have had any success selling copy-protected music files was Apple, and even they eventually started selling music without DRM.
                    • Re: WMA Audiobook incompatibility

                      A few facts:

                       

                      1. the iPad does play audiobooks in .wma format. My wife downloads them using the Overdrive Media Console app (free). They then play using the same app. No problems.

                       

                      2. The B&N sales person who helped me decide on an NC assured me it would handle all the standard audiobook formats from my libraary, just likemy ife's iPad. I suspect she was mis informed by B&N corporate, or perhaps she was misled by B&N's deceptive user manual wording. Specifically . . . 

                       

                      3. My NC manual strongly implies that the NC will handle .wma files when it says "Your NOOK features two medial palyers:  -Music - a music player that plays MP3 and other standard audio formats . .  ." The .wma fornat is a standard audio format.

                       

                      4. I have found no spec for the NC that lists the supported audio formats - so one cannot even speculate by procdss of elimiation that .wma is not supported.

                       

                      5. I stopped contacting NOOK support afrter receiving an email that in several hundred patronizing word said  that any problems I had were my own darn fault - so go pound sand.

                       

                      Now, some personal preferences

                       

                      I don't like the Applesphere(the iPad is my wife's).  but I really don't  like a deceptively marketed product like the NC. And I really really don't like the contempt for customer attitude I got back from B&N technical support when I contacted them.

                       

                      So when my on year obligation to subscribe to NYTimes through B&N runs out, the NC will go into the dustbin of failed techological products and I'll look for a cheap player that actually does handle standard audo formats.

                        • Re: WMA Audiobook incompatibility
                          keriflur

                          guans wrote:
                          4. I have found no spec for the NC that lists the supported audio formats - so one cannot even speculate by procdss of elimiation that .wma is not supported.

                          I know you've already got the nook, but so you'll know for future devices, the device's main page on BN.com usually lists the supported file types.

                           

                          Here's the page for the nook color:

                          http://www.barnesandnoble.com/p/nook-color-barnes-noble/1100437663

                           

                          This page lists the supported music file types as MP3, MP4, and AAC.

                          • Re: WMA Audiobook incompatibility

                            guans wrote:

                            A few facts:

                            [ ... ]

                            3. My NC manual strongly implies that the NC will handle .wma files when it says "Your NOOK features two medial palyers:  -Music - a music player that plays MP3 and other standard audio formats . .  ." The .wma fornat is a standard audio format.



                            Sorry, but WMA is proprietary, not a standard.  MS reserves the right to change it at its whim, like it does with Word and other proprietary formats.  Codecs have been reverse-engineered, but that doesn't make it a standard.

                             

                            This has been company policy at MS for decades.  Don't be misled.