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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.

The Good

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

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.

iTunes is rated by the Better Business Bureau, but they are not accredited. To be accredited by the BBB, a business must apply for accreditation and the BBB must determine that the business meets BBB accreditation standards, which include a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints. It is crazy to think that such a large corporation like Apple has not applied to be accredited. Why have they not applied? Would they not pass the standards? In just the last 12 months there have been well over one thousand complaints filed against the company.

The Bottom Line

iTunes offers over 30,000 audiobooks. This makes it possible that almost everyone can find something that they are interested in. They are not accredited by the Better Business Bureau which can raise some questioning. 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.

Number of books




Ways to listen

Download and Stream (both)



Available Apps

Users can listen through iBooks.


Free -$19.99

App Rating

5 stars

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