GraphicAudio, who have been producing high-quality audiobook versions of DC’s prose novels for a few years now, have just announced that they are changing audio formats from the Windows Media (WMA) format to the more popular (and industry-standard) MP3 format.
According to an e-mail sent out to subscribers recently, GraphicAudio is “now offering MP3 Downloads of almost all of our GraphicAudio®…Movie in Your Mind™ titles. The Executioner series will be available in the coming weeks.”
This should be a huge boon to their business, as if the DC titles are any indication, the quality of the recordings is pretty high…but having them in WMA made them a bit unwieldy and uncooperative with iPods. Being password-protected and not MP3 friendly made them more difficult to carry with you, unless you wanted to burn up to ten CDs for an unabridged audio production.
Readers are entitled to three licenses for each of the titles they’ve purchased from GraphicAudio, so if they’ve purchased a product in the past and haven’t downloaded all three, they’ll be able to migrate the format to MP3 for a nominal fee ($1.50 per title) by surfing to the company’s upgrade page. If all the licenses have been used, upgrades are not being offered. GraphicAudio also says that starting in October, the Windows Media format will be discontinued altogether and MP3 will be the only digital format available for new releases from the GraphicAudio store. According to the e-mail, “GraphicAudio titles will be available in MP3 Download and Audio CD only. All MP3-CD products will be discontinued on October 1, 2009. Long Haul Box Sets in MP3-CD format will continue to be available.”