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NY Library uses iPod shuffles for audio books

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By LC Angell

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Published: Thursday, March 3, 2005
News Categories: iPod shuffle

Wired’s Cyrus Farivar has written an article about a New York library that is loaning out iPod shuffles loaded with audio books. “Checking out a new iPod now applies to more than shopping trips or web browsing,” writes Farivar. “This week the South Huntington Public Library on Long Island, New York, became one of the first public libraries in the country to loan out iPod shuffles. For the past three weeks, the library ran a pilot program using the portable MP3 devices to store audio books downloaded from the Apple iTunes Music Store. They started with six shuffles, and now are up to a total of 10. Each device holds a single audio book.”

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Sounds like a great program—and it SAVES the library money so maybe it will catch on elsewhere! Apparently they can even afford to throw in some accessories.

I’m sure some will be stolen and not recovered, but hopefully the savings and other benefits can balance that.

Near end of the article:

“In addition, the library has the potential to save a great deal of money. Latini said that most titles on CDs cost the library around $75, whereas in MP3 format, they range from $15 to $25.

“In the end, obviously, we’re literally saving money,” he said. “The units are paying for themselves.”

The library even throws in a cassette adapter and an FM transmitter for use in a car. Patrons do, however, have to provide their own headphones for sanitary reasons.”

Posted by Nagromme on March 3, 2005 at 12:26 PM (PDT)


I think it’s a great way to merge technology with learning/reading once again and will wind up saving libraries MILLIONS of dollars in the long run. Two thumbs up in my book. smile

Posted by FallN in New York, NY on March 4, 2005 at 8:46 AM (PDT)


There are some museums around the country that have been using iPods for awhile, as well, for audio commentary to accompany exhibits.

Posted by Daisy32 on March 5, 2005 at 6:07 AM (PDT)

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