Audible, NPR, Amazon and Apple

Remember the promise of Audible and NPR?
bq.Vince Outlaw is thinking outside the box, wondering how to get Audible and NPR to work together to let him time- and place-shift NPR’s content. It’s an interesting idea, one that I hope the Audible team considers (although I know the barrier is more on the NPR side). I love the idea of NPR content waiting on my Archos Jukebox for me to listen to during my morning commute. – “Jenny Levine(NPR Content Via RSS Enclosures and Audible)”: Witness the reality.
bq.National Public Radio’s daily and weekly shows are no longer available from the Internet’s largest distributor of audio programming, “All Things Considered,” “Morning Edition” and other NPR offerings have been removed from the company’s radio and TV programs page. For several years, Audible has sold subscriptions to NPR shows for download to PCs or portable players. Neither Audible nor NPR responded to several inquiries for comment. – “Marketwatch(Radio silence for NPR and Audible)”: It seems the “Amazon-Audible(Audible Sounds Off on a New Rival)”: partnership is over as well. I am not sure what is happening, but it seems like it could turn into something interesting. My best guess is that it is the effect of “podcasting(KCRW asks some important questions. The answers could be profound.)”: or Apple.

Posted by Michael K Pate

Michael K. Pate tends to spend a great deal time of time around computers. He has been a Librarian since 1997. Michael was born in Avon Park, Florida in 1966. Except for a couple of brief periods in his life (once in Tampa and once in Winter Haven/Haines City), he has been a life-long resident. Originally, he planned on a career as a Computer Programmer and therefore graduate from Webber College with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems in 1988. However, unhappy with career opportunities at the time, he soon returned to school and received a BS in Social Science Education from the University of South Florida. He began his career in education at Avon Elementary and later Avon Park Middle working as a Computer Lab Coordinator. While technological challenges were interesting, he found himself more and more interested in becoming a Media Specialist. He began work on his MLS in 1995. However, a summer internship at the Sebring Public Library in 1996 soon made him reconsider just what his career should be. Upon graduation in 1997, he secured a position as a Media Specialist at Eastside Elementary in Haines City. Eventually, the position he was looking for opened up and he returned to SPL as Reference Librarian in 1999. In 2003, he became Assistant Director of the Highlands County Library System, serving in that role until the position was eliminated during a late round of budget cuts in 2010. Since then, he has been the Computer Support Specialist for the Heartland Library Cooperative. In 2011, he began serving on the Board of Directors of the Tampa Bay Library Consortium.