UPDATE 06/25: Looks like the Audible app is showing up in more and more non-US markets.
UPDATE 06/22 @ 4.40 pm CEST: It seems the direct link isn’t working for UK users for the time being. From what I know it does work from Belgium. Anywhere else?
YES! It’s finally here, with great fanfare – the Windows Phone Audible app. BUT, it’s not showing up in certain non-US WP Marketplaces, and the link the Windows Blog is providing doesn’t seem to be working.. Fortunately, Audible has e-mailed some of its customers a direct link into the Windows Phone Marketplace (on the phone) that does work (just be sure to open it from your phone):
Been waiting for this for 2 years. The Windows Phone platform is now complete.
We’re now almost two weeks later, and still no love from Audible.com! Latest unconfirmed reports state Audible might keep us hanging for another 1-3 months (see http://forums.wpcentral.com/marketplace-apps/190732-3.htm). Like most other Audible members, I’m extremely patient and loyal toward this company, but um, seriously… I wonder what’s taking them so damn long.
Seriously doubting the Windows Phone platform now, Audible is a key app for me.
In my search for more information on the nascent release of the Audible App for the Windows Phone platform, I stumbled upon the following response from an official Audible rep, posted on WPCentral’s forums, stating that the release might be due in 2 weeks:
Dear Audible Listener,
Thank you for contacting Audible!
I understand you would like to know when the Audible Audible for Windows Phone will be released. I would be happy to assist.
After receiving numerous requests from Windows Phone users, we are excited to say that an application is actively being developed. While we cannot yet comment on its exact release date but it should be available for download within 2 weeks, we are confident you will love being able to use Audible with Windows Phone. When the application is complete, we will be announcing it on our website, newsletter, and social media channels.
Thanks for your interest in using Audible with Windows Phone. If you need any further assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Have a wonderful day!
Audible Customer Support
Thank you for your inquiry. As a valued customer, your experience is important to us. We invite you to answer the question below regarding your Customer Care experience.
Your feedback will help us better serve your future needs.
I’ll be happy to ditch my iPod Nano for the Windows Phone app. This release is long overdue, just get it out already..
“Stories have steadily been trickeling in on the roll-out of Microsoft’s first update to Windows Phone, released yesterday. It has caused a (slight) number of Samsung phones to become unusable (“bricked”). Samsung Omnia 7 running certain firmware versions (reportedly JI9 and JJ4) and the Samsung Focus (unconfirmed) have been reported to be affected by this issue.
I own a Samsung Omnia 7 myself and have just completed the update successfully. Lucky me . The contents of the update, however, are all but exciting, as it is NOT the expected January update (dubbed “NoDo”, a pitiful stab at Android’s “FroYo”), but rather a preparation update of sorts. Its sole purpose is to prep your phone for future updates by enabling the backup functionality. Uninteresting at most, but an indication that Microsoft is at least doing “something”.
The 7 other Windows Phone users and I have been quite let down by Microsoft in recent weeks because of the lack of communication surrounding the promised updates to this nascent platform. The January update has been confirmed to be slated for the beginning of March 2011.. Go figure huh. Nonetheless, I’ll be happy to receive any update, as the Windows Phone platform is quite solid, yet severely lacking in certain areas. Although I do realize we’re in 1.0-days, I still believe Microsoft needs to get those updates out there, fast.
WP7 is okay in its current state, but it’s just a start. We’ll need rapid-fire updates to reach parity with Apple and Google. For now, it seems Microsoft isn’t capable of delivering what it promised, which is a shame. I keep hoping though!