...Well, a major upgrade has been done recently and I was excited to see that with an Oklahoma library card you can download audiobooks.
I jumped right in and pulled up my account, "pretty slick", I thought. I checked out my first book and hit the download button. I figured there would be absolutely no problem with the file. They show my exact iPod on the side bar.. Take time and look at the photo with the caption next to it saying, "Supported Portable Audio Devices". I didn't click that link, it clearly showed the exact iPod that I have.
Long story short, iPods are not supported, neither is an Apple computer. Why? Well, it looks like the library systems across our country are using proprietary Microsoft formats. Isn't that a kick in the pants. Oh well, I can still check them out and move the higher quality file to my iPod...
Unfortunately it's not as simple as blaming the "library systems across" the country only using MS formats. A large part of it is what's available for libraries to buy at a reasonable price and still able to serve a significant number of the public. And like it or not Microsoft is a popular platform.
What I would suggest is for people to contact their libraries when a new service is offered that they can't fully utilize. Unless libraries receive feedback -- there's no opportunity for them to know what is or isn't working.