7 Replies Latest reply: Jun 30, 2009 11:18 AM by minimine
bythecshore Level 1 (25 points)
I just finished listening to an audiobook on my iPhone. Now I'd like to give it to my wife who also has an iPhone.

Is there a way to do this?

iMac 2.46 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.4.8), iPhone 3G, Dell laptop at work;
  • Sboq Level 2 (430 points)
    are both of your iPhones using the same iTunes account? if so, then yes. you can setup several devices to sync from 1 computer library.

    you can also copy the file from one computer to the other, but this requires a bit more computer savy. i believe you will still need to use the same iTunes account, though.
  • bythecshore Level 1 (25 points)
    {quote:title=Sboq wrote:}are both of your iPhones using the same iTunes account? if so, then yes. you can setup several devices to sync from 1 computer library.{quote}

    No - separate iPhone, iTunes and computers.

    I wonder if I can do a search for the actual file - by the audio book name - then email it to the other computer and insert it into the proper iTunes directory? That should work from a technical perspective, but are there any digital rights that would prevent that?
  • Sboq Level 2 (430 points)
    it depends. how did you get the audiobook? is it something you own, or did you buy it through iTunes?

    if purchased through iTunes, i believe that only the account that purchased the audiobook will be able to listen to it.

    if you just imported an audio file into iTunes, there shouldn't be any problems. in theory, anyway...

    to find the file, you should be able to select it in iTunes, then do "File -> Get Info" to bring up the info dialog box. near the bottom, you should see the location of your file.

    depending on the size of the file, you might not be able to email it. you might have to use a thumb drive or something similar.
  • bythecshore Level 1 (25 points)
    Yeah, I bought it through iTunes which is why I was wondering about the digital rights issue.

    If I go to the bookstore and buy a book I can give it to my wife when done. Shouldn't I be able to do the same thing with the digital version?
  • Sboq Level 2 (430 points)
    see, now you're starting to get into the whole Digital Rights Management controversy.

    is downloading bad? yes for some, no for others.

    why is some music available for free and other music you have to pay for?

    let's stay away from that whole conversation, or we'll spend weeks in the debate.

    please feel free to try it and see what happens, but do not be surprised if it doesn't work. i don't know if apple is protecting the audiobooks, but i know if 1 user buys an app, another user can't install it on their phone without paying for it. i know they do the same thing for music and videos, so why not with audiobooks?

    also, the easiest way around this is to use the same iTunes account on the same computer, but that is your decision to do that or not. you might be able to use the same iTunes account across different computers, but i'm not sure.
  • profmorris Level 1 (0 points)
    I share audiobooks across computers all the time. Just copy the book over to the new computer and try to play it. itunes will ask for a password. Enter the password for the account you purchased the book on and viola.

    I don't think there is a digital rights issue. You can play itunes purchased media on up to 5 machines. That, of course, severely limits how many people you can share with.
  • minimine Level 1 (0 points)
    all you have to do is make a hard copy from your itunes and back up on wifes pc