Help? Transferring Audible files from Macbook Pro to non-Mac MP3 player

23 July, 2011

I’m wondering whether any of you have found a solution to this problem.

I’ve been using Audible books for years with my little Creative MuVo V100 MP3 player. I use that device because it takes AAA batteries, which are necessary when I’m off walking without access to charging facilities.

I’ve recently started using a MacBook Pro, and I’ve found that there seems to be no way to get Audible files from the Macbook onto my non-Mac MP3 player, because Audible haven’t written a version of their Downloads Manager for Mac users, assuming, it seems, that all Mac computer users will also be using a Mac MP3 player and that they will therefore be able to transfer files via iTunes. iTunes doesn’t see my non-Mac MP3 player, though, so unless I dig out my netbook for transfers I can no longer use Audible files. Simply copy/pasting them from the Downloads folder onto the Creative doesn’t work, as the Creative can’t see the files I’ve transferred (which I assume is something to do with copyright protection).

I’ve rung Audible twice about this, but on both occasions the assistants I spoke to declared that they’d never come across the issue before, and conceded that they had no solution to offer. They were helpful, and said they would bring the issue up internally, but I’ve no idea whether that route might eventually lead to the release of a Mac version of the Audible software.

I’ve searched the net for solutions, but have come up with nothing. Can anybody help?

BTW, the little Creative is one of the most useful and durable products of any description that I’ve ever bought. I’ve got about 3 of them–I kept buying new versions as they came out with larger capacities–and I’ve been using them for years and years in all weathers with absolutely no problem at all. They’ve been soaked and dropped and scorched by French and Corsican sunshine, but they all keep working faultlessly on a steady diet of AAA batteries. Very highly recommended for backpacking (and everything else).