Audiobooks Now Available For Android Auto
Audiobooks.com has just announced that its audio books are now available with Android Auto, the infotainment operating system that hit the Google Play store in March 2015. This means that drivers can listen to any of Audiobooks.com’s titles in their cars and it also makes Audiobooks.com the first audio book provider to support Android Auto.
“The experience of using an application while you are on the road is entirely different than using it on a phone or a computer. We made integration with Android Auto a high priority because we wanted to give drivers the best audiobook experience that this new technology allows," said Ian Small, Audiobooks.com General Manager.
The Audiobooks.com application is available with all vehicles using Android Auto, from automakers that signed up as partners with Google for this new smartphone app. Brands include Acura, Maserati, Volkswagen, Audi, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Honda, Hyundai, Jeep, Mazda, Nissan, Subaru, Volvo, and more.
Audiobooks.com has over 60,000 titles in its library, some of which are free. Subscriptions are priced from $14.95 and get you one paid book per month and the ability to purchase more at any time. There’s also a free trial with one included premium title if you want to give it a try without getting a subscription.
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Why it matters
Though most people listen to either the radio or music selections of their own, Audiobooks.com argues that its audio books might become popular with drivers now that connected cars are clearly the way of the future.
We all know what happened when "The War of the Worlds" was first broadcast on the radio.
Given the demand for car infotainment systems has gone through the roof recently and that estimates from the GSMA say there will be over 60 million connected cars on the road by 2020, Audiobooks.com may have a point.
This massive surge in popularity for vehicles with infotainment systems also comes from the fact that, according to recent studies, Americans spends more than 100 hours a year commuting to and from work and about 38 hours a year stuck in traffic.
Being able to listen to music or the radio definitely makes the time spent in traffic more enjoyable, and the availability of audio books should enhance the experience even further.
Careful what you play though, we all know what happened when "The War of the Worlds" was first broadcast on the radio.