OverDrive has released the latest update of OverDrive Media Console for Windows, which enables library users to transfer OverDrive WMA Music to iPod and iPhone. Albums from blues label Alligator Records will be the first music downloads that can be transferred to Apple devices, and we expect more publishers to allow iPod transfer in the future.

As part of the update, we’ve optimized the music transfer experience for iPod owners. When OverDrive WMA Music is transferred to an Apple device, it will be categorized as ‘Music,’ and we will enable ‘Remember playback position’ and ‘Skip when shuffling’.

To download OverDrive Media Console v.3.2.0.3 with OverDrive WMA Music to iPod transfers, click here.

Right now, we are refreshing the existing Help pages on your download website, and on overdrive.com, to support OverDrive Media Console v3.2.0.3 for Windows. We will also update the Title Details page for OverDrive WMA Music titles that can be transferred to Apple devices. The ‘iPod’ icon in the ‘Plays on’ section of the screen will be enabled where this support exists.

OverDrive is handling all aspects of this release, so you can kick back and relax. We’ll take care of everything.

For more information on this update, read the full ‘Critical Alert’ in Content Reserve.

2 Responses to “OverDrive Media Console update – WMA Music to iPod and iPhone”

  1. Max McMillan

    [quote]When OverDrive WMA Music is transferred to an Apple device, it will be categorized as ‘Music,’ and we will enable ‘Remember playback position’ and ‘Skip when shuffling’.[/quote]

    Just curious, wouldn’t ‘remember playback position’ and ‘Skip when shuffling’ be something that would be enabled for audiobook tracks rather than music? Does the OMC update now automatically categorize WMA audiobooks as audiobooks with the settings above enabled when transferring to iPods? I didn’t think it did that before. Thanks!

  2. Daniel Stasiewski

    @Max, OMC is now designed to work with iTunes 9, which allows the features you mention to be automatically enabled for both audiobooks and music.

    Since the music titles are not split into tracks, and may not integrate well with the rest of a users music library when shuffling, the ‘Skip when shuffling’ feature is a nice addition. It can also be turned off by the user in iTunes.

    And yes, WMA audiobooks should appear in the audiobooks folder. 🙂