Amazon is going to acquire Audible. This deal makes sense in so many ways, I have no need to comment on it. You can follow the chatter at Techmeme if you desire.
But, the question that nobody is asking is this … what about Apple?
Right now, Audible provides the tech behind Apple’s Audio book chunk of iTunes. I emphasize right now. Contract is due to be re-examined soon too if I remember right.
Amazon and Apple are quickly becoming bigger and bigger competitors. Somehow, I don’t see Apple giving Amazon access to their DRM infrastructure – do you?
If so, if the format war now going to affect audio books as well?
Sure hope not – but I don’t see any other options – do you?