13 Replies Latest reply: Jun 29, 2010 3:29 PM by NJKichen
Agunat Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I have installed an audio book on my iPhone 3GS using the Overdrive Media Console supplied by the library. This is the same program I have used many previous times successfully. It showed normal installation with the progress bar going etc.. iTunes shows the audio book is on the iPhone but when I click the iPod option in the phone it says there is nothing there. Where is the audio book? I saw it install and iTunes shows it is there but the phone's iPod program says nothing is there. Help please ASAP.

Thanks... Bob

3GS, iPhone OS 3.1.2
  • Johnathan Burger Level 6 Level 6 (15,615 points)
    I have never heard of that program, have you tried getting support from whomever makes the program?
    Since the software is not made by, distributed by or supported by apple-I don't know how much help you will receive?
  • larryryo Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    iPhone audiobooks only support download from iTunes stores as well as audible.com. Other audiobooks must be used as Mp3 format and manually drag and save in Music instead of audiobooks.
  • roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (93,530 points)
    You cannot download anything via Safari and the internet.

    If it is in itunes and in the proper format, then you can sync to the iphone.
  • Graham Outterside Level 4 Level 4 (2,910 points)
    Actually the question of Audiodrive has ben asked before and its worth searching the forum for it - it appears this programme does in fact bypass iTunes hance the previous problems as I belive that updates to iTunes designed to lock out the Palm Pre users trying to spoof iTunes access may have messed up the Audio Drive system as well.
  • Agunat Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    This is sort of a generic response to all. I have used the Overdrive program many times in the past, it has always worked fine with the iPhone. While it is not iTunes it does require iTunes to work and will not do so if iTunes is not running. As a matter of fact it will not work unless the "Manually manage music and videos" is checked in iTunes under the summary tab of my device.

    Again, iTunes says the book is on the device. When you click audiobooks under my device in iTunes it lists the book and all it's chapters as being there. The iPhone itself can't seem to find it though.

    Bob
  • Agunat Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Two things I forgot, someone mentioned "Audiodrive" as the external program required. This is not the program supplied by the public library, the program I am using is "Overdrive". Also, someone mentioned Safari and syncing. I am not downloading the book through the iPhone. The book gets saved to my computer and the Overdrive program then transfers it to my iPhone if iTunes is up and running with "Manually manage music and videos" checked in iTunes under the summary tab of my device.

    Thanks... Bob
  • d rich Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Bob,
    I am having the same problem. I also use OverDrive Media to transfer my books from the library to my I pod. Problem is when I sync a program all my books disapear. I am not able find a way to manage my books on my ipod so they are not deleted. They also disapear from I tunes programs. Debbie
  • Agunat Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I haven't gotten it resolved yet but I am sure that it's related to being told that you have to manually manage the audio.

    Bob
  • NJKichen Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    OverDrive worked fine with the previous OS for Ipod but now that I upgraded to OS4 I cannot transfer books from library into Itunes. If this is a bug I hope that Apple fixes it. If it is intentional, it is one more reason to consider switching to a Droid device.
  • Johnathan Burger Level 6 Level 6 (15,615 points)
    It's not an apple product-so there is nothing for apple to fix.

    Go tell whoever makes overdrive to fix their program so it works.
  • NJKichen Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    That's a cop out. An upgrade shouldn't be a downgrade. Until I hear otherwise, it seems to me that Apple is deliberately blocking audio books that do not come through Itunes or Audible.
  • Johnathan Burger Level 6 Level 6 (15,615 points)
    They give developers access to the upcoming updated os, so the developer can ensure their program works with it or update their program if it doesn't. It's how all companies who make os's do it.

    Overdrive folks failed to do it.

    The forums are filled with people using all kinds of
    Programs to put audiobooks on their devices-none of it blocked by apple.
  • NJKichen Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    OverDrive worked before I installed the new OS but not after the install. Other people are having similar problems. What makes you so sure that the problem is with OverDrive and not something deliberately wired into the new OS? Would not be the first time that Apple did something like that. I just installed the OverDrive Ipod ap from the Itunes store. That doesn't work either. I thought that Apple vetted aps. As people have noted, the audiobook gets transferred to the device but no longer shows up in Itunes.