OAKVILLE, Ontario, Sept. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Simply Audiobooks, the
second largest player in the audio book download market, after
Audible/iTunes, today announced that they now support DRM-free (digital
rights management-free) audio book content and plan to eventually become
Making Simply Audiobooks DRM-free will greatly enhance the audio book
experience for consumers who want to be able to load files onto whichever
playing devices they may own. DRM can be a nightmare for consumers. Simply
Audiobooks wants to give its customers freedom of choice when it comes to
enjoying content on their audio book players.
This move comes on the heels of eMusic's recent announcement that they
have begun offering audio books in mp3 format that will play on all
devices, with no DRM restrictions. This action taken by eMusic offers
further evidence of a consumer-driven change in the audio book marketplace
that Simply Audiobooks has already stepped up to meet.
"It's exciting to see the audio book industry moving toward offering
DRM-free content," said Vitaly Petritchkovitch, Director of Simply
Audiobooks Digital. "Simply Audiobooks has always been about access to more
audio books, with our CD rental, tape, and download offers. DRM is a thing
of the past, and our move toward DRM-free content will make audio books
more accessible for everyone. We are glad to see that companies like eMusic
are beginning to offer DRM-free audio book content now."
Petritchkovitch added that Simply Audiobooks' competitors, most notably
Audible.com, are coming down on the wrong side of technological history by
continuing to tie their service inflexibly to DRM audio files. "Being
controlled like that is simply not what our customers want, and we are
among the first to respond to consumers' demand for DRM-free content."
For further information about Simply Audiobooks, please visit
About Simply Audiobooks
Simply Audiobooks offers consumers the most comprehensive range of
audio books, with unlimited rental, sales and direct download programs.
Launched in 2003, Simply Audiobooks was the first to provide an unlimited
rental model for audio books on CD, with free direct-to-door delivery and
no due dates or late fees (similar to Netflix's DVD rental model). The
company has offices in Toronto, Buffalo, Las Vegas and Manchester. For more
information visit http://www.simplyaudiobooks.com.
SOURCE Simply Audiobooks