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The iTunes software was purchased by Apple in 2000. On January 9, 2001, iTunes 1.0 was released at Macworld in San Francisco. Through the iTunes store you can download, music, music videos, television shows, audiobooks, podcasts, movies, and ringtones. 

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The Good

  • Many book categories
  • Many language options
  • Easy search function

iTunes offers over thirty thousand audiobooks. They offer over 20 different categories of books. The categories range from sports to the arts and from the classics to mystery. iTunes contains such a large selection that you are sure to find something that interests you.

Purchasing audiobooks from iTunes will most likely be far cheaper than driving to the store and purchasing the book. If you read often for pleasure or for school purposes it can become real expensive real quick. Also, downloading the book to your MP3 Player allows you to listen to your books whenever and wherever. You can be doing multiple tasks at once and still be getting your reading done. iTunes also offers a wide range of languages so you can listen to a book in your native language or in a language you are learning.

You can easily search a title, author, character, category, or character to help you find the audiobook you are looking for. The site makes it easy for you to find what you are looking for.

The Bad

  • Can be expensive
  • Not easy to find the audiobooks section

Some of their audio books can be pretty expensive to simply be listening to them. You should go check the price at a used book store prior to purchasing an audiobook on iTunes.

The audiobooks section on iTunes is not inherently easy to find. We had to do a Google search to get to their page. Once you find the page, it's rather bland and only lets you search audiobooks by genre. Other sites allow members to browse by author, title, and other filters. iTunes makes you search by genre, then author, and only then shows you titles. Once you purchase a title, it can only be read with iBooks, an app exclusively for Mac or iOS.

The Bottom Line

iTunes offers over 30,000 audiobooks. This makes it possible that almost everyone can find something that they are interested in. iTunes does offer some audio books free of cost so maybe a little free trial will help you decide if iTunes works for you.

Comparatively, iTunes' audiobooks are more expensive than subscription-based services, so they may be better for the one- or two-time listener. If you're looking for to listen to one or more audiobook each month, you may want to find another provider.

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Darius Williams
December 17th, 2018 Alexandria, VA DETAILS
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Great audio books i found for kids ! A big library to choose from !

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Kris
August 27th, 2018 Pleasant Grove, UT

I have purchased many audiobooks on iTunes with great success. I love being able to family share the books I buy.

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August 24th, 2018 Pleasant Grove, UT DETAILS
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This is the best app I have on my phone. I love their selection and the ease of use and the ease of paying. iTunes are the best!

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Lesa Burgess
August 23rd, 2018 Pleasant Grove, UT DETAILS
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I love iTunes! I use it every day. I love listening to books in my car. I read way more books than I would actually get to read otherwise. My kids use it a lot. Service is great as well.

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Hannah Cummins
August 1st, 2018 Gilbert, AZ

iTunes​ is great because they have every option you can think of but its the most expensive version you can find.

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Cody Linden
July 19th, 2018 Lehi, UT

Always received great quality music and videos. Sometimes a little pricey but always good products.

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Hunter Kasprzyk
July 2nd, 2018 Gilbert, AZ DETAILS
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iTunes is by far the best provider of audiobooks because of the large selection and their ability to make using the books very convenient. iTunes is built into iphones so for those who have apple phones. it only takes a few buttons to use an audiobook.

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Brayden D.
June 19th, 2018 Gilbert, AZ DETAILS
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iTunes is the best and the original. It lets you buy the music you want and it is very organized.

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Kip Fowler
June 8th, 2018 Pleasant Grove, UT DETAILS
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I love iTunes. I love that it is a compatible platform for all of my apple products to share and play music, movies, audiobooks, etc

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Brooke Hester
June 8th, 2018 Gilbert, AZ DETAILS
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I can always find a song I want to listen to. Great song selection.

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Amelia Gibson
June 6th, 2018 South Jordan, UT DETAILS
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I enjoy iTunes because of all of the choices. They have all the songs I could ever hope for.

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Preston Fowler
June 6th, 2018 Pleasant Grove, UT

Apple music is awesome! I did my three month trial of it, and I decided to cancel it after those three, and they canceled it without any hesitation or questions!

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Joanna Hester
June 5th, 2018 Gilbert, AZ DETAILS
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Great selection and fair prices. Love that I can find every book I need in one place!

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Sadie Scoville
June 5th, 2018 Pleasant Grove, UT

I love iTunes. I like how you can get songs and you can keep them forever unlike some other music apps.

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Nana Asiata
May 31st, 2018 Herriman, UT DETAILS
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Itunes has great music and lets me play all my favorite songs!

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Avery Fowler
May 29th, 2018 Pleasant Grove, UT DETAILS
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I like the selection of music and videos. I have never had a problem with any of them.

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Bella Houtz
May 29th, 2018 South Jordan, UT DETAILS
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We love iTunes music. It's great for downloading any music you want.

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H Moore
May 29th, 2018 Lehi, UT DETAILS
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iTunes is a great company & has always resolved any purchase issues I've had.

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May 25th, 2018 Pleasant Grove, UT DETAILS
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I preferred to buy my audiobooks through iTunes because I can share them across our family share plan.

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Ashley
May 25th, 2018 Pleasant Grove, UT DETAILS
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I like the variety of books offered. Especially if I’m taking a long road trip!

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I love I-Tunes. The selection is great, the price is right and it is very convenient.

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Samantha
May 3rd, 2018 Millville, UT DETAILS
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I love creating my own playlists and listening to whatever I want for only $10 a month!

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Don
May 1st, 2018 Montegut, LA DETAILS
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The industry's standard and leader. Have never had a problem with iTunes.

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David Lewis
April 30th, 2018 Salt Lake City, UT DETAILS
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I used to use iTunes exclusively for all my music. I don't anymore, but I still really like the service. I just find it's easier to stream music these days rather than own and store on your device.

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Natalie Ashcraft
April 30th, 2018 Salt Lake City, UT DETAILS
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I love music and iTunes makes it easy to access all my favorite songs. Apple Music is the best thing iTunes has done. I love not having to buy the music because I get sick of music very quickly. With Apple Music I can listen to a much larger variety of songs I like.

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Danica Moosman
April 30th, 2018 Pleasant Grove, UT DETAILS
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Itunes is defiently my go to website for all things music! It is so organized and easy to use and search all the latest hits!

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Schon
April 24th, 2018 Smithfield, UT DETAILS
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I love iTunes. I’ve used it for many years and have mostly had good experiences.

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Erin Rhoton
April 23rd, 2018 Veguita, NM DETAILS
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iTunes is a very reliable source for audiobooks. The quality is always great and there are tons of options for books. It is also very easy to use.

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Jefferson Farmer
April 16th, 2018 Provo, UT DETAILS
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iTunes is a quality product. Usually it works well and has minimal issues. Especially lately, iTunes has a beautiful interface and works seamlessly with iPhone and Mac. A great product. Top of the line. I have automatic pay which is also a great way to go. Apple Music with a $5 student plan is unrivaled.

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Chase Huntzinger
April 16th, 2018 Provo, UT DETAILS
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I used to use iTunes a lot! It is where I bought all my music. Can't really compete with Spotify now. Great for renting videos though!

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Michael
April 16th, 2018 Ogden, UT DETAILS
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Love that iTunes bot only has music but also audiobooks!

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Madi Thompson
April 16th, 2018 Ogden, UT DETAILS
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I've really enjoyed using itunes in the past. My favorite thing about them is their most popular music list. I've loved finding new music that way. I do, however, wish that songs still were $0.99.

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Abby Rees
April 16th, 2018 Provo, UT DETAILS
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I love iTunes, I have never had a problem. I've always been able to get anything recovered if I've lost something.

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Jeff Martin
April 12th, 2018 Layton, UT DETAILS
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Love their product. They seem to be on point

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Brette
April 11th, 2018 Draper, UT DETAILS
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I can always find what I am looking for here and it is very user friendly

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Easton Bingham
April 11th, 2018 Pleasant Grove, UT DETAILS
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I have used ITunes a lot throughout my life, and I’ve been pleased with all that I’ve experienced with it. Not super thrilled with prices that have gone up, but that’s life I guess. I’m a big fan of Apple Music, and ITunes has always provided me with the satisfaction to my music needs.

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Trent Palmer
April 9th, 2018 Provo, UT DETAILS
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I think that Itunes is great. I enjoy the layout and ease of use. I have contacted the customer service people in the past and they were very helpful. The only downside is that there are updates frequently, so its a little annoying.

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Spencer Goodworth
April 9th, 2018 Pleasant Grove, UT DETAILS
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Great place to get all the music I love. Not many places where I can download my show tunes.

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Landon Robison
April 9th, 2018 Layton, UT DETAILS
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I used to use iTunes, but then it got more expensive than it was worth. I have had a lot better luck going with their new Apple Music app. It is a lot cheaper, and you get a lot more for your buck.

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Pete
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iTunes has so many different books to choose from and all the books are reasonably priced. I also have an iPhone so it just makes it that much easier to use. I can listen to my books anywhere.