OverDrive for Mac NEW update – They Heard YOU!


*** September 25 – When we decided to end support for OverDrive for Mac, we failed to appropriately gauge the number of users that would be impacted and how. We are sorry for this mistake and the inconvenience it caused.

As a result, we are working as quickly as possible to restore the download option for MP3 audiobooks to users running macOS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) through 10.14 (Mojave). Once restored, the following message will appear for Mac users on your OverDrive website with a link to an updated Help article: MP3 audiobooks are only supported on macOS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) through 10.14 (Mojave). These updates will be made by October 2.

Users who upgrade to the newest MacOS Catalina will not be able to download and transfer MP3 audiobooks from OverDrive. Those users can listen to audiobooks in their browser, or depending on their device compatibility, install the OverDrive or Libby app (for public libraries) or the Sora app (for schools) directly on their device to listen to audiobooks.

Previously – An important notice for those using OverDrive for Mac to listen to audiobooks on their computer. Please be aware this ONLY affects those who use the OverDrive program on their Mac computers, not those who use tablets or phones:
“Due to upcoming macOS changes, and to simplify the user experience, OverDrive will soon end support for OverDrive for Mac. Effective September 4, 2019, OverDrive for Mac will no longer be available for download and Mac users will no longer see the option to download audiobook titles at your OverDrive website. Instead, Mac users can enjoy audiobooks using OverDrive Listen from your digital library website, or try Libby on their smart phone or tablet. Any users with audiobooks already downloaded to OverDrive for Mac will retain access to their downloads for the remainder of the lending period, provided they have not yet updated to macOS 10.15 (Catalina). Though we anticipate minimal user impact, OverDrive Help will be updated to assist with user support.”

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22 responses to “OverDrive for Mac NEW update – They Heard YOU!

  1. This is terrible news. How can you state that this change has been made “to simplify the user experience” and that you “expect minimal user impact” when Mac users are losing a major component of OverDrive? Many people, like me, have old computers that are not compatible with newer operating systems. Therefore, we will not be affected by upcoming macOS changes.

    I will still be using macOS Sierra and High Sierra for years to come. Downloading audiobooks to my computer and being able to listen to them on my iPod is an important part of my busy, multitasking life. I listen to audiobooks while I cook, clean, exercise, before falling asleep and more. This is not possible with a bulky computer.

    It appears that OverDrive is discriminating against Mac users while Windows users continue to enjoy the beneficial option of being able to download books to their computers. We all pay taxes for library services. Access to services should be equal regardless of the type of computer one owns. There must be a solution. Please help.

    • Hi Blanca,
      Thank you for your feedback. Unfortunately this decision was made by the vendor, OverDrive, and is beyond our control. If you would like your response to be seen by someone at OverDrive, please make sure to pass it on to the CLAMS library you visit and they can send it on to them. We hope you can find another way to enjoy eaudiobooks.

    • Blanca, please see the newest update. OverDrive heard you!
      “We are working as quickly as possible to restore the download option for MP3 audiobooks to users running macOS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) through 10.14 (Mojave). Once restored, the following message will appear for Mac users on your OverDrive website with a link to an updated Help article: MP3 audiobooks are only supported on macOS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) through 10.14 (Mojave). These updates will be made by October 2.

  2. Thank you for this informative post. I wish the Madison (WI) Public Library system had been this forthright as to what is going on! I ended up using a Windows 7 VM so I can continue to download MP3s for my wife to put on her old-school iPod (Libby is not an option). Feeling absolutely no love for Apple, Overdrive.com, or our library.

    • Guy, please see the newest update. OverDrive heard you!
      “We are working as quickly as possible to restore the download option for MP3 audiobooks to users running macOS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) through 10.14 (Mojave). Once restored, the following message will appear for Mac users on your OverDrive website with a link to an updated Help article: MP3 audiobooks are only supported on macOS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) through 10.14 (Mojave). These updates will be made by October 2. “

      • It still does not address Catalina… 10.15 Those of us with new Macs. or just need to be current for all other options, are still out of the loop; and no option moving forward….PLease here us.. The future is NOW… no staying in the past…

        • We’re sorry this had been such a problem for you and others as well. Unfortunately Apple has upgraded their software, and OverDrive has not opted to continue supporting the browser version of their reader for Apple. We would urge you to ask your library to pass on your comments and difficulties to OverDrive.

  3. I can only vigorously agree with Blanca, that this is discriminatory & a disaster. I am disabled & spend a lot of time in bed, it’s simply unrealistic to take my desktop computer to bed to audiobooks. I am unable to read ebooks as my condition effects my eyesight.
    I have to accept your advice to relay this to my library but without the lobbying support of all participating libraries, its hard to see that individuals will have any influence. This may be otherwise if libraries were to advise Overdrive that they will seek out alternative providers.

    • Michelle, please see the newest update. OverDrive heard you!
      “We are working as quickly as possible to restore the download option for MP3 audiobooks to users running macOS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) through 10.14 (Mojave). Once restored, the following message will appear for Mac users on your OverDrive website with a link to an updated Help article: MP3 audiobooks are only supported on macOS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) through 10.14 (Mojave). These updates will be made by October 2. “

  4. I just experienced this too and as a person with disabilities, I relied on those downloads to my mac. It’s another stab at persons like me that we are invisible and should not have equal access. no thanks to Microsoft, Apple or Overdrive.
    I like supporting my library. I appreciated the opportunity to not have to pay for a subscription instead supported my library.
    Thank you for being the first in my search to make this issue with Overdrive clear. I spent a day trying to deal with the issue and OVERDRIVe was no help at all.
    I wish there was a BIG disclaimer on the emedia page about this , like there is the annoying “listen to libby” that I always click on NO but it returns with every refresh.

    • Br, please see the newest update. OverDrive heard you!
      “We are working as quickly as possible to restore the download option for MP3 audiobooks to users running macOS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) through 10.14 (Mojave). Once restored, the following message will appear for Mac users on your OverDrive website with a link to an updated Help article: MP3 audiobooks are only supported on macOS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) through 10.14 (Mojave). These updates will be made by October 2. “

  5. Thanks, I can now download MP3 books to my mac/iPod but if I upgrade to Catalina? So I have to hold off upgrading as long as possible. Using an iPhone or iPad is not accetable for me. I swim with my iPod. I am very upset that if I upgrade to Cataline I will lose the ability to use my iPod.

  6. We’re so glad you find our blog helpful.

  7. Dorothy M Frieling

    Will Overdrive ever be available for Catalinia? I already upgraded and now can’t use Overdrive to download to Itunes and to my ipod which goes with me everywhere. I’m really disgusted with these new systems.

    • I’m really sorry for your frustration Dorothy. Apple has changed their software, making it incompatible with OverDrive and Overdrive currently does not have plans to make the extensive changes needed to fix it. One option for you is to purchase an inexpensive compatible device and use Libby to download your audiobooks directly.

  8. Really hope you give more serious consideration to updating your system so it is compatible with Catalina. Your huge number of Overdrive iMac – iOS fans like myself will definitely greatly appreciate this! Thank you!

  9. Dr. Ernest D. Mehrlander

    I have an iMac and run Catalina. I am a disabled veteran and I can not access the public library easily, so I have been reading books in the browser mode. I did not understand why I started having problems in the latter part of 2019 until reading this information. I have an annoying problem that when I finish reading a page and hit the right arrow key to advance to the next page, there is a delay of about 10 seconds before the page turns. I have tried working with the library and with Apple with no luck. It is a sad state of affairs.

    • We’re sorry this had been such a problem for you and others as well. Unfortunately Apple has upgraded their software, and OverDrive has not opted to continue supporting the browser version of their reader for Apple. We would urge you to ask your library to pass on your comments and difficulties to OverDrive.

  10. Overdrive can’t stay in the past forever… Change is inevitable. Library books/audio books are the present and future.. Please make the leap and come into the future with us.

    • Again, we’re sorry this had been such a problem for you and others as well. Unfortunately Apple has upgraded their software, and OverDrive has not opted to continue supporting the browser version of their reader for Apple. We would urge you to ask your library to pass on your comments and difficulties to OverDrive.

  11. “Can listen in a browser”?????
    WTF is that??

    I’ll bring my laptop jogging?
    That is NOT a solution. Audiobooks are a MOBILE DEVICE use case.

    How about, we seriously F’d up. We dropped the ball we suck.
    no “… use your browser” Don’t even pretend that’s a solution.

    Releasing a 64 bit app is not a year long effort.

    Open source the app the let the user-base fix it. Jeez this is frustrating.

    • We’re sorry this had been such a problem for you and others as well. Unfortunately Apple has upgraded their software, and OverDrive has not opted to continue supporting the browser version of their reader for Apple. We would urge you to ask your library to pass on your comments and difficulties to OverDrive.

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