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Old 03-17-2013, 07:58 PM   #1
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Alex: I was wondering if you use iOS for listening to audiobooks, and if so, how do you deal with file transfer? I know you are always saying that iTunes is not needed for file transfer anymore, and I agree with that for the most part. But I don't know of any better way of transferring audiobooks that will handle multiple files as a complete book rather than a bunch of audio files. And I'm referring to audiobooks ripped to MP3 files, not DRM stuff like Audible, etc. So far, most of the apps I have used all require files to be loaded for the default device music library or through iTunes file sharing. Haven't found any that you can add files to from the cloud or via "Open in..."
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Hi Sue, for audio files, I use my favorite video app, the Korean AVPlayerHD ($3). It's awesome!

It includes a built-in HTTP (and also FTP) server. So, what you do, is you simply type in AVPlayerHD's IP address into any regular browser on your main computer, and then upload your audio (or video) files via WiFi directly to AVPlayerHD.

Inside AVPlayerHD, you can set up folders for sets of audio files so there's no confusion. AVPlayer is also available for the iPhone.

I don't really listen to audio-books, but I do listen to audio files regularly to assist my learning of foreign languages. I'm currently trying to learn French and Vietnamese. What's so great about AVPlayerHD, is that it offers many multi-touch gestures that you can configure to your liking.

So, for example, you can specify that a single tap of your finger pauses the playback. A swipe of your finger to the left can rewind 5 seconds (or 10 seconds, or 30 seconds -- whatever you like). A swipe with 2 fingers downwards can slow down playback by 0.1 (where 1.0 is the normal speed). This is extremely useful when trying to learn foreign languages -- native speakers sometimes speak so fast I have trouble catching their words. But, slowing them down a bit really helps.

(Conversely, when watching boring movies, you can speed AVPlayerHD up, to get through the boredom faster! Lately, I watched the Oscar-winner Silver Linings Playbook that way, and I was so disappointed by the movie I was really grateful to AVPlayerHD for allowing me to get through it faster than normal!)
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I knew you'd have a suggestion. I use my iPhone (not iPad) for audiobooks, but I see there is an iPhone version. I'll look into it. I've found playback speed useful for audiobooks, so good to know it has that. Thanks!

BTW, on a different subject, have you seen this: http://www.padgadget.com/2013/03/18/...-2013-release/
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I hope that rumour is true. If it is, I'll be there in the morning on Day 1, to grab an iPad Mini with Retina screen.

Right at this moment, I'm reading a Polish book using 2 iPads: iPad 3 and iPad 1 -- the original language on iPad 3, and a Slovak translation of the same book on iPad 1 as a secondary screen, in case I can't figure out something in the original language. However, 10 inches for a secondary screen at which I only look occasionally, is unnecessarily large, and two full-sized iPads are rather unwieldy to handle. iPad mini would be perfect for me as a secondary screen!
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