Audible is testing ad-supported access to select titles for non-members


Audible is testing ad-supported access to select titles for non-members, the Amazon-owned audiobook firm revealed on a help page on its web site. The firm confirmed to TechCrunch that the check is very restricted and doesn’t apply to paid members. The information was first reported by Marketing Brew.

The transfer signifies that the corporate could also be exploring the potential for an ad-based membership choice. Audible declined to touch upon any particular plans.

The check consists of audiobooks, podcasts and Audible Originals. Audible says the check applies to a restricted subsection of titles on its platform. Content suppliers have been knowledgeable of the change and given the possibility to decide out of adverts. Users who’re a part of the check will hear a complete of eight adverts inside a 24-hour interval. Audible says it has taken further measures to ensure that adverts received’t be heard too continuously inside a short while span.

“Audible is devoted to repeatedly optimizing how we ship audio programming to listeners in all places,” the corporate’s help page about the test reads. “From time to time, Audible checks new services and products to acquire data in regards to the evolving wants of our prospects and companions.”

Audible confirmed that it’s conducting the check in a number of completely different areas, however didn’t specify which of them. We perceive that the U.S. is one in all these areas, provided that the assistance web page was printed on the corporate’s U.S. web site.

The firm at the moment presents an Audible Plus membership plan that prices $7.95 per thirty days and features a number of Audible Originals, audiobooks, sleep tracks, meditation applications and podcasts. Audible additionally presents an Audible Premium Plus plan that prices $14.95 and consists of all the pieces out there in its Plus plan as well as to one title per thirty days from an prolonged number of greatest sellers and new releases. It’s potential that Audible might want to develop out its present membership choices by including a less expensive, extra reasonably priced ad-based choice so as to compete with different audiobook firms, together with new entrants like Spotify.

Spotify, which is largely recognized for music and podcasts, expanded into the audiobooks business again in 2021 when it acquired digital audiobook distributor Findaway. Like Audible, Spotify can also be wanting to incorporate adverts into its service, as Spotify Chief Content Officer Dawn Ostroff mentioned final yr through the firm’s Investor Day occasion that the streaming service was “ bringing advert monetization into audiobooks.” The firm hasn’t shared any additional particulars on this entrance since then.

It’s value noting that this isn’t the primary time that Audible has explored the potential for adverts on its platform, because the company confirmed a number of years again that it was testing adverts, however didn’t go stay with them.