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patriciafromblackwood Level 1 (0 points)

I purchased an audiobook on my ipad thinking it would download to all my devices but I can't get it on anything else but that ipad. How do I get it to my iphone?

iPhone 4S, iOS 5.0.1
  • King_Penguin Level 10 (120,141 points)

    Audiobooks are currently a one-time only download from the store. To get it onto your iPhone you will need to connect the iPad to your computer's iTunes and do File > Transfer Purchases (File > Devices > Transfer Purchases on iTunes 11)to copy it over to the Books section of your computer's iTunes library, and you can then sync it to your iPhone.

  • jamusick Level 1 (0 points)

    Way to go Apple!  Bravo!  This totally wastes my time and money. I am out of town traveling for the next two weeks. I bought this on the iTunes Store and downloaded to my ipad. But I needed on my iPhone. Apparently the only way to do this is to BUY a computer, install iTunes and then transfer the audiobook to my iPhone. Are you kidding?  Steve Jobs would never policies like this stand. Guess I'll go buy my stuff from because they don't make me pay twice for the same audiobook.

  • ted0909 Level 1 (0 points)

    Same issue for me. Traveling, can't computer sync. So disappointed…

  • King_Penguin Level 10 (120,141 points)

    I believe that all audiobooks are supplied to Apple by, so it's probably them that are requiring the one-time only download.

  • Linda_U Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you King_Penguin, you helped me a whole lot!!!!!

  • BradLeitch Level 1 (0 points)

    This is a ridiculous policy and it interferes with how most people would listen to an audio book since they are quite lengthy. I'm traveling, so I throw the audio book on using my iPad and I get 60% of the way through the book on my trip. I come home, I want to listen to the rest of it via iTunes on my stereo through AirPlay. And this can't be done?


    This is the last audiobook I buy from iTunes until they *fix* this... and it IS something that requires fixing whether that means negotiating more aggressively with the audiobook providers or changing something at the software layer. It completely ruins many peoples' experience!


    It's funny because a friend of mine suggested buying it, then downloading it from a torrent just so I could use the book the way I wanted to use the book. Is it not sad that to create a positive overall user experience you have to resort to downloading something off a torrent?


    iTunes is supposed to make things easy and accessible. I agree with jamusick's posting -- this isn't the vision Steven Jobs had for the future. This is a road block on the way there.

  • nma64 Level 1 (0 points)

    I too have this problem. This is the first and last time I buy an audio book from iTunes. Apple's loss is Amazon's gain.

  • darraghfromlimerick Level 1 (0 points)

    I agree that this is just ludicrous! Audio-books currently SHOULD COME WITH A WARNING! "You can only download this once"

    As memory space is limited I have deleted several audiobooks from my own ipad 64gb to download new purchases......and now I am finding out that I needed to have those files backed up or transferred to a physical computer! ....seriously. Some of these audiobooks were north of €20!!

    I have been loyal to a fault with apple products and purchasing all music I have through apple I-Tunes store....but this is just ludicrous!

    Was the entire point not that "usage is more important than physical ownership"?

    That instead of having thousands of physical cds and books that we would reduce our carbon footprint and have lifelong access to our purchases through our accounts?

    Sort is not acceptable or reasonable to ANY of your customers!

  • King_Penguin Level 10 (120,141 points)

    Nobody on these user-to-user forums can 'sort this', it will require to allow Apple/iTunes to offer redownloads of audiobooks (and for audible not to remove them from the store).


    The store's terms advise you to take a backup of your downloads as you may not be able to redownload them in the future - any item (app, music album, film etc) could be removed from the store at any time, you are only guaranteed one download of any item.

  • casey615 Level 1 (0 points)

    Come on Apple, a warning at least? When you allow books, music, apps, and all other types of content to be downloaded on separate devices after they're purchased, to not allow it with audiobooks without a warning seems fraudulent. 

  • King_Penguin Level 10 (120,141 points)

    I am not Apple, I am a fellow user. The store's terms (terms that you agreed to) tell you that you might not be able to redownload any item - books, music, apps are only potentially redownloadable whilst they remain in the store (and if you don't move countries)


    As you may not be able to subsequently download certain previously-acquired iTunes Eligible Content, once you download an item of iTunes Eligible Content, it is your responsibility not to lose, destroy, or damage it, and you may want to back it up.
  • mjaczko Level 1 (0 points)

    what's worse is my ipad needed to be refreshed and in the process wiped out all my previously purchased audiobooks.  No way to get them back, nice!

  • Cappadocian Level 1 (5 points)

    I am mystified by all this. I have a Mac, a tablet,and an iphone. I tend to buy audiobooks from And they download easily into all three.


    But last night I bought two books from Audible -- they both downloaded without problems onto the Mac and the Tablet. So the 'one download only' policy doesn't seem to apply. But I already knew that as I have never had this problem before.


    I have spent the rest of the day trying to get the two books onto my Ipad. They will not download as all previous books have done and connecting the Ipad to the Mac has produced one book on the Ipad, but not yet the other.


    This is a disgrace. Please do something about it Apple!

  • Cappadocian Level 1 (5 points)

    I have cracked my problem,


    I have a non-US subscription to audible.

    So you need to make clear that this is your iphone's Audible App setting.


    Go to the audible app on the İphone.

    Go to settings on top left

    Sign out.

    Look at very bottom and see 'markets' click it open and select the branch of Audible to which you subscribe if you are not in the USA.

    Click it.

    Then sign in again.


    You should then have all your audiobooks coming down in the iCloud section of the App.


    Hope this works for you.

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