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  1. Peter Valtersson's Avatar
    Audiobookster is a new audiobook player for the Windows Phone.

    Features:
    • Smart integration with SkyDrive allows you to start playing your audiobook quickly.
    • Plays under the lock screen and in the background.
    • Stream your audiobooks directly from SkyDrive.
    • Make audiotracks available offline (download to your phone) for convenient access when you want to save battery or your data plan.
    • Remembers the listening positon in each book so that you can have many books that you keep listening to.
    • Rearrange the playorder to your liking
    • Displays the total duration of the audiobook so no more guessing where you are in the book.
    • Effortlessly add audiobooks spanning several folders (discs)
    • Music+Video integration
    • Playback is stopped when unplugging the headphones
    • Windows Phone 7.5 and 8 supported


    Dedicated developer that will update the app regularly with new features, stability and performance improvements.

    Link to the app in Windows Phone Store:
    Audiobookster | Windows Phone Apps+Games Store (United States)

    Edit, 4th of May:
    The release of the update has taken more time than I first anticipated. I am still working on a couple of bugs but hope to have them resolved within a couple of days. After that I will submit the update to the Windows Store and if everything works as expected the update should be available by the end of next week.

    I would also like to point out that the app does not allow access to the phones media library, due to severe restrictions in the Windows Phone OS and lacking features in the programming interfaces. I and others would be grateful if you could please add your vote that Microsoft enhance this part of the Windows Phone. Please vote here: http://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/11...xna-medialibra
    Last edited by Peter Valtersson; 05-04-2013 at 03:15 AM.
    04-16-2013 02:34 PM
  2. Narse77's Avatar
    Thanks! I will check it out.
    04-16-2013 04:18 PM
  3. Jupast's Avatar
    No trial? Yeah not willing to buy something sight unseen thanks, no matter how good it sounds.
    04-16-2013 09:26 PM
  4. Peter Valtersson's Avatar
    No trial? Yeah not willing to buy something sight unseen thanks, no matter how good it sounds.
    I am well aware of this and am right now finalizing a trial. Hopefully it is on the Windows Phone Store in about a week.
    04-17-2013 12:54 AM
  5. Jupast's Avatar
    I am well aware of this and am right now finalizing a trial. Hopefully it is on the Windows Phone Store in about a week.
    Well that wasn't mentioned in your initial posting. Either way, thanks, looking forward to checking it out, the Skydrive part is very interesting indeed, wish more Apps did that :)
    Last edited by Jupast; 04-17-2013 at 04:15 PM.
    04-17-2013 02:16 AM
  6. Peter Valtersson's Avatar
    You're correct. I have fixed that now. Thank you. :)
    04-17-2013 02:24 AM
  7. Frederiksberg's Avatar
    Now this IS interesting! I went off Windows Phone because of the lack of the ability to play audiobooks. Or rather the ability of the phone to recognize my audiobooks and remember the position. It was insanely annoying.

    Does your app support sideloading the audiobooks directly from the computer, or does it have to go through Skydrive?
    04-24-2013 01:08 AM
  8. Minion007's Avatar
    Can I copy mp3's with the data cable and play them with Audiobookster or do I have to upload them to Skydrive first and then download them? If so what folder do I put them in?
    Frederiksberg likes this.
    04-24-2013 05:02 AM
  9. tmservo's Avatar
    If only the Audible app actually worked, it would be worthwhile.. but it doesn't, and I doubt this will play audioble format..

    But it's the right idea. Hopefully it will encourage them to fix their app.
    04-25-2013 10:00 AM
  10. mcnaldo's Avatar
    I bought this app because it seemed to do what I have been searching for an app to do; play audiobook files that I load onto the phone - even if you get them onto the phone in a roundabout manner. I was however put off as soon as I went to download files from Skydrive, because it essentially required full access to my Microsoft account. I don't see why it would need access to anything more than my files. Until this is fixed I will continue using AudiobookMark which offers the same funcionality, but only requires access to my files. The problem with AudiobookMark is that it is a bit buggy due to it being coded for wp7.

    I hope you keep your promise about a quick development cycle and fix the issues I mentioned and hopefully also implement a way to work on files already on the phone or sideloaded from the desktop.
    05-03-2013 06:20 PM
  11. Peter Valtersson's Avatar
    Thank you for your input, mcnaldo. It is much appreciated.
    The permissions currently needed are: Access your name, gender, display picture, contacts and friends, access your info anytime, sign you in automatically and view your SkyDrive photos and documents. It may be that the app asks for more permissions than that it actually needs so I will check that.

    I have understood that a lot of people would like to access their audiobooks stored in the phones media library. So would I. But, as of now it is not possible to make an audiobook app that can do that. Microsoft has put in some severe restrictions in the phones OS, that prevent background players from accessing the media library. Only foreground applications can access the media library. Please vote on this restriction being lifted here: Integrate BackgroundAudioPlayer and XNA MediaLibrary
    I have also looked into the option of giving up background playing to get access to the media library but the next problem I encountered were that the programming api against the media library does not have any functionality for setting the listening position, ie it would not be possible to resume listening where you were last time.

    So, my experience with the Windows Phone is that it is a closed system with some half-baked programming interfaces, and it is not well suited for audiobook listening. Within these strict limitations I have done my best to develop an app that will enable audiobook listening. As long as the phone does not support access to the media library, we will have to resort to external file servers like SkyDrive.

    With the first update I aim at solving many stability and performance issues that has been reported. I will also add a few new features that has been requested.
    This update will hopefully be available at the end of the next week.
    05-03-2013 07:01 PM
  12. Adam Lindholm's Avatar
    Hi,

    Thank you for putting in time on making an audiobook player for WP, it really neads a good one! Im using Audiobookmark right now but it is really really buggy.

    There is still no trial on WP7.8. In the works?
    05-19-2013 04:16 PM
  13. Peter Valtersson's Avatar
    Hi,

    Thank you for putting in time on making an audiobook player for WP, it really neads a good one! Im using Audiobookmark right now but it is really really buggy.

    There is still no trial on WP7.8. In the works?
    Hi and thank you very much. I'm aware of the problems and has been working hard on solving them. A few days ago I submitted version 1.1 for certification and it will hopefully be available for download in a few days. Hopefully this update will solve most of the problems. Trial will be enabled with this update as well.
    05-19-2013 04:25 PM
  14. dalogrus's Avatar
    Hi, first of all - thanks for developing an audiobook app for WP8...
    I did buy the app a few hours back and I'm really struggling with making an audiobook that I uploaded to Skydrive available offline.
    The app claims that its forever syncing - yet when I leave the phone be - the screen will go off and when i wake it up it tries to resume and pops up an error and then still says it is syncing, but I dont't know if it starts from scratch, tries to continue or failed and does nothing?
    Can you please tell me, what your thoughts were when designing and coding the app? Is it supposed do download in the background or do i need to sit by the phone and keep it alive until the audiobook downloads?
    Regards
    dalogrus
    05-22-2013 03:15 AM
  15. Peter Valtersson's Avatar
    Hi, first of all - thanks for developing an audiobook app for WP8...
    I did buy the app a few hours back and I'm really struggling with making an audiobook that I uploaded to Skydrive available offline.
    The app claims that its forever syncing - yet when I leave the phone be - the screen will go off and when i wake it up it tries to resume and pops up an error and then still says it is syncing, but I dont't know if it starts from scratch, tries to continue or failed and does nothing?
    Can you please tell me, what your thoughts were when designing and coding the app? Is it supposed do download in the background or do i need to sit by the phone and keep it alive until the audiobook downloads?
    Regards
    dalogrus
    Hi dalogrus,
    What does the error message popping say? Please make sure you have version 1.1 of the app. Version 1.1 became available yesterday but I am unsure whether it has been rolled out in all regions yet. The app downloads using the phone's built-in background download manager. There are however some problems with this background downloader as it sometimes will take long time for it to communicate back to the app, the progress of the download. You should not have to sit by the phone and keep it alive, but please try connecting it to external power and use wi-fi while downloading. Please let me know if this problem persists and I'll try to help you.

    Kind regards,
    Peter
    05-22-2013 03:30 AM
  16. dalogrus's Avatar
    Hi Peter,
    I managed to get the book downloaded by adding one chapter at a time. I have another book at home and will upload it later, make screenshots of the errors (should any occur) and send them to you by e-mail.
    Regards
    dalogrus
    05-22-2013 05:00 AM
  17. Peter Valtersson's Avatar
    Hi Peter,
    I managed to get the book downloaded by adding one chapter at a time. I have another book at home and will upload it later, make screenshots of the errors (should any occur) and send them to you by e-mail.
    Regards
    dalogrus
    Great, thanks a bunch!
    05-22-2013 05:13 AM
  18. Adam Lindholm's Avatar
    I couldnt wait so I bought the 1.0 :-) I have since updated to 1.1 but the same problem I had persists. When I try to download from SkyDrive I get the formentioned error. It doesnt matter if I have WiFi and external power connected.

    Error message: "Unable to add background transfer request. The application request limit has been reached"

    Any suggestions?
    05-22-2013 07:36 AM
  19. Peter Valtersson's Avatar
    I couldnt wait so I bought the 1.0 :-) I have since updated to 1.1 but the same problem I had persists. When I try to download from SkyDrive I get the formentioned error. It doesnt matter if I have WiFi and external power connected.

    Error message: "Unable to add background transfer request. The application request limit has been reached"

    Any suggestions?
    The new version won't be able to fix any already broken downloads. Delete the book and add it again, select the files you wish to sync down. If you still have problem, let me know.
    05-22-2013 07:44 AM
  20. Adam Lindholm's Avatar
    Yes I tried that, several times actually. The book spans 38 files and 800mb, does that factor in?
    05-22-2013 08:03 AM
  21. Peter Valtersson's Avatar
    Yes I tried that, several times actually. The book spans 38 files and 800mb, does that factor in?
    Try to only download a couple of files, not the entire book at once.
    05-22-2013 08:08 AM
  22. Peter Valtersson's Avatar
    Error message: "Unable to add background transfer request. The application request limit has been reached"
    The phone's background downloader can only queue up to 25 downloads per app. So if your book contains many files you may have to download them in batches of 20-25 tracks each time, continuing with the next batch when the previous has completed. I'm sorry for this, but it's a limitation that I cannot circumvent. However, I just came up with an idea for a new feature that I think I'll add in the next update; a counter that says how many more files you can select until the limit each reached.
    ShamelessPlace likes this.
    05-22-2013 09:41 AM
  23. dalogrus's Avatar
    Hi, I've sent you the email detailing my experiences with uploading books yesterday...
    I sent it to the support address that is available within the app.
    Regards
    dalogrus
    05-24-2013 02:20 AM
  24. Adam Lindholm's Avatar
    It seems I can only add 1 file at a time. Or rather the first 4 files or so went ok but the first 3 were very small. As soon as i mark more than one "large" file (the files are aprox 1h and 30mb each) I get the same error message as before. I have now spent a long time download on at a time but this seems to work :-)

    Im on the Lumia 800 on WP7.8 if that makes any differense?

    May I suggest features? :-)
    • Is it possible to autoload a jpg in the audiobook folder to use as cover?
    • I wish to be able to jump back and forward a specific time, maybe 30 sec (or if it is changeble in settings)
    • Choose place in the book by touch and slide on the timeline if you know what I mean? Maybe a zoomed in timestamp apears then you touch the line?
    • I often listen to an audiobook when I go to sleep. So when I used a player on my previous iPhone I just took an screenshot and the next morning I knew aprox how long it took to fall a sleep and could jump to that time :-) However screenshot is not possible in WP7.8 so at this time I have to use Onenote to and write it down. Needless to say that is a hassle. I dont supose its possible to ad a screenshot feature? Im guessing its not possible within the OS? Maybe add a button that marks the time and shows it on the corner or something similar? :-)


    Thanks for a good start

    /Adam
    05-24-2013 09:22 AM
  25. Peter Valtersson's Avatar
    Thank you for your input, Adam.
    Not being able to add more files to the download queue hints to me that files may be stuck in the download manager. As the download manager is a shared resource with the rest of the phone OS, I would suggest you restart your phone by turning it off and then on again. After the phone has booted up the again, the download manager is empty. Try downloading the files again after that.

    • Is it possible to autoload a jpg in the audiobook folder to use as cover?
    That works already, but you have to select it manually by entering the edit audiobook page and then click the "add cover" square near the top. At the next screen your cover image should appear for selection.

    • I wish to be able to jump back and forward a specific time, maybe 30 sec (or if it is changeble in settings)
    That's a feature I'm working on, so it will be available in the next update.

    • Choose place in the book by touch and slide on the timeline if you know what I mean? Maybe a zoomed in timestamp apears then you touch the line?
    I will take it into consideration. I've also been thinking about adding a second timeline that shows your progress in the current track. That would allow you to set the listening position with a bit more accuracy (in most books)

    • I often listen to an audiobook when I go to sleep. So when I used a player on my previous iPhone I just took an screenshot and the next morning I knew aprox how long it took to fall a sleep and could jump to that time :-) However screenshot is not possible in WP7.8 so at this time I have to use Onenote to and write it down. Needless to say that is a hassle. I dont supose its possible to ad a screenshot feature? Im guessing its not possible within the OS? Maybe add a button that marks the time and shows it on the corner or something similar? :-)
    I've already been sketching on a bookmark system that will automatically put bookmarks when you start listen and you keep listening for more than a minute or so. It would of course allow you to add your own bookmarks as well.
    05-24-2013 12:59 PM
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