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Does anyone know of any software or solution I can use to listen to Audible files in Ubuntu? I'd rather not have to use wine but I'm just wondering what other people have come up with.

http://www.audible.com/

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Everyone who reads this, please make sure to contact Audible and ask them to make a Linux or web client. (I could live with a Flash based player in my browser. Better than nothing.) Consumer demand is the only thing that can make this happen. –  Aeyoun Mar 12 '13 at 15:12
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Nice to see there's still people fighting for this 2 years after I originally was =) too bad they still haven't done anything about it. –  wajiw Mar 12 '13 at 16:50
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I got the following reply from Audible just now: “I understand you would like to use Audible on a Linux computer. We are currently working with the open-source developers of Linux to see if we can make our file format compatible with their operating system. We would love to make our content available to Linux users as soon as possible, as we often hear from Linux fans regarding Audible playback.” –  Aeyoun Mar 12 '13 at 22:35
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If the internet sources I found are correct, Audible uses a DRM solution known as "Apple FairPlay" (which is everything but fair play, of course...).

There seems to be no way to listen to Audible .aa files in Ubuntu directly, but some other disappointed customers have found solutions to convert them to something usable:

Note: Audible says it actively works on linux support, but from what I read on-line they have been saying that since forever. Maybe you need to remind them about it... ;)

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If the files you want to listen to are DRM (Digital Rights Media) you will be VERY LIMITED (Copyright and all that stuff which I hate) but anyway, the closest I think can help you is Banshee but I have read that if you have the medibuntu PPA http://medibuntu.org/ you might be able to listen to them.

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Have you got a reference for that? –  Stefano Palazzo Dec 11 '10 at 4:22
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