You Can’t Buy Audiobooks on the iPhone iTunes Store

Ricky Gervais Guide to...Natural History

Ricky Gervais Guide to...Natural History

The next installment in The Ricky Gervais Guide to… series from Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington is now available from the iTunes Store, so I thought I’d try to download it while on 3G, as I hadn’t used the store on 3G before. I was surprised to discover that a search for Ricky Gervais yields no matches, yet he’s got quite a bit of content on the store.

That means that the only audio content you can’t get from the iTunes store on the iPhone is audiobooks. Come to think of it, this may not be a crazy idea, as audiobooks tend to be large.


7 Responses to You Can’t Buy Audiobooks on the iPhone iTunes Store

  1. James pallack says:

    I downloaded two books via my iPhone fine

    but when I sync to my PC the books vanish

    1st book file 1 of 6 vanished and 6 of 6 about 8 min in just no audio

    2nd book downloaded fine, but vanished totally when sync’d it



    • tunegardener says:

      Purchased items are supposed to sync back to iTunes. You get a dialog asking if you want to. Perhaps you said “No”, which means on next sync, they are removed because syncing is one-directional from iTunes to iPhone and you didn’t get them into iTunes before the sync.

      If they’re gone, explain to the iTunes Store team what happened and maybe they’ll allow you to download them again.

  2. Robin says:

    Have to agree it’s pretty frustrating, being able to buy in your computer and sync is no consolation though. The whole point is that you don’t have to sync when you get home…. One thing to consider is that there are a fair few podcasts of classic novels although you’re restricted to stuff out of copyright I think.

  3. Dustin says:

    You’re all right that audiobooks cannot be downloaded, but the suggestion that file size has anything to do with it is erroneous. Right now I’m downloading a 210MB video podcast on my iPhone 3G over a WiFi network. Also, audio books are often split into multiple files (and even if they weren’t, the publishers and Apple could easily split them up for iPhoners to download a handful of chapters at a time). I think it’s either something they overlooked that will hopefully be fixed soon, or it’s a copyright issue with the publishers (who may have exclusivity issues with the numerous eReader-type app developers). Either way, downloading the audiobooks on your desk/laptop and syncing them to your iPhone is a small price to pay!

  4. jen says:

    You cannot buy audiobooks through the iTunes App on the iPhone AT aLL. you cannot see them, buy them, nor download them via WIFI. This needs to be corrected by Apple.

    They will let you download music, podcasts, video, but not audiobooks via WiFi……..why not?

  5. tunegardener says:

    This is not meant as a complaint, but as an observation.

  6. Aye, its’ larger than 10MB and Apple doesn’t let you download more than 10MB at a time on your 3G connection as you’ll burn through it, gain excess charges then unfairly blame Apple for the large bill, when it’s really the telco.

    You should be thanking Apple for being so thoughtful, not complaining, geez. They make this fancy iPhone for you and it’s just whinge whinge whinge…

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