12 June 2008

iPod update

Many of you have been asking if we know anything about the expected release of mp3 format audiobooks, making Listen Up! Vermont (and all OverDrive users) iPod compatible. We still have not gotten a date, but this was in the most recent Digital Dispatch newsletter:

Team OverDrive is headed to the American Library Association Annual Conference in Anaheim June 28 - July 1. If you are attending, join us in booth #1280 as we demonstrate the latest services and technology for digital media, including the new OverDrive MP3 Audiobook format (compatible with iPods ®). Plus, you'll have a chance to win an MP3 player every 30 minutes.

OverDrive has also released a new version of the OverDrive Media Console:

OverDrive Media Console (OMC) v3.0, now available at your digital library website, offers many features that your patrons have been anticipating. You and all your users are invited to upgrade to the new OMC v3.0.

In response to the overwhelmingly positive feedback we received from our Transfer Wizard, we have added a Burn to CD Wizard. With OMC v3.0, patrons no longer need to launch Windows Media Player to burn to CD. Instead, in just a few clicks, patrons can burn WMA audio titles through OMC. Clicking the ‘Burn’ button launches the Burn Wizard, which guides the user through this simple and straightforward burn process. For your audiobook users who burn titles to CD, they will be excited to learn that the new Burn Wizard splits OverDrive’s Audiobook parts into tracks (based on the existing MediaMarkers), allowing users to more easily navigate content they have burned to CD.

As announced and covered in the press, OverDrive will introduce the new OverDrive MP3 Audiobook (compatible with iPods). OMC v3.0 supports the new MP3 format. When OverDrive MP3 Audiobooks are available (coming Summer 2008), Windows users who have already installed OMC v3.0 will be able to use titles in this format. Users of earlier versions will need to upgrade to OMC v3.0 to enjoy OverDrive MP3 Audiobooks. To learn more about OverDrive MP3 Audiobooks, read the press release and Library Journal’s coverage of the exciting news.

OverDrive is grateful for your feedback and suggestions that have allowed us to release this exciting new version of OverDrive Media Console. If you have any questions, please contact your Project Manager or email our Support Team at support@libraryreserve.com.

This new OMC is supposed to be a step in the direction of Mac compatibility as well; at this time, it is still a Windows-based program.

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