Audible is the world’s largest retailer of audiobooks and spoken-word content. In August 2020, Audible launched a new all-you-listen service called Audible Plus providing access to a catalog with thousands of titles. Audible also relaunched its existing membership plan as Audible Premium Plus (previously known as Audible Gold and Audible Platinum). In this guide, we look at Audible Plus vs. Premium Plus to help you pick the plan that’s right for you. We’ll also let you know how to try either plan free for 30-days!
How does Audible work?
Audible is an online audiobook service owned by Amazon. Audiobooks and other forms of spoken word content can be purchased individually, or under a subscription model where you receive credits with an Audible membership.
Audible membership grants you access to a number of exclusive benefits that add value to your listening experience. Benefits vary by membership plan.
As an Audible member, you have a choice of two main types of membership: Audible Plus and Audible Premium Plus. Both memberships offer a 30-day free trial. When your trial is over, you’ll be automatically charged a monthly subscription fee. You can cancel Audible online anytime before your trial ends and you won’t be charged.
How does Audible Plus work?
The Audible Plus membership gives you access to the Audible Plus catalog. For $7.95 per month, you can listen all you want to audiobooks, exclusive podcasts, and Audible Originals. Thousands of titles are included so you should be able to find a great listen whatever your interests are.
Look for the “included” tag and hit “play now” to instantly stream from the app. You can also save these titles to your Library or download to listen offline.
How does Audible Premium Plus work?
The Audible Premium Plus membership (starting at $14.95 per month plus applicable sales tax) will give you your fix of bestsellers and new releases. With a credit, you can pick any title in the premium selection to keep forever.
On top of that, you can listen all you want to the content included in the Audible Plus Catalog. You can stream or download any of these included titles.
You can also exchange purchased titles if you don’t love them, get access to exclusive deals and discounts, and listen across devices without losing your place.
Are you an Amazon Prime member? If so, you can get 2 titles from the entire premium catalog with the Audible Prime deal for Premium Plus (a standard trial includes 1 title). After the trial, all members receive 1 credit per month.
Summary: Audible Plus vs. Premium Plus
Audible Plus Membership
|Audible Premium Plus Membership||Audible Premium Plus Membership 2 credits|
|Access the Audible Plus Catalog|
Unlimited listening (streaming or download) to select audiobooks, Audible Originals, podcasts, and more.
Get a credit(s) good for any title in our entire premium selection—yours to keep.
|1 Credit per month||2 Credits per month|
|No Wasted Credits|
Keep hold of your credits for up to a year.
30% off all additional premium selection titles you want, plus access to exclusive sales.
Exchange titles if you don’t love them.
|Cost||$7.95 per month plus applicable tax||$14.95 per month plus applicable tax||$22.95 per month plus applicable tax|
FAQ: Audible Plus and Premium Plus
What is the Audible Plus catalog?
The Audible Plus catalog offers thousands of titles you can stream or download to listen offline. Included with membership, the Plus Catalog contains podcasts, audiobooks, and Audible Originals – exclusive content made to be heard with superior audio quality.
Would you like some Audible Plus recommendations? See our post: 10 Best Audible Plus Recommendations.
Do titles in the Audible Plus catalog change?
Yes, the Audible Plus catalog is a growing selection and new titles are added weekly. Content may also be removed from time to time but Audible says it expects most titles currently in the Catalog to remain available for the foreseeable future.
Is there a limit on how many Audible Plus catalog titles I can add to my library or stream?
No. Audible Plus and Audible Premium Plus members can listen all they want to the Audible Plus Catalog. You can stream or download any title in the catalog.
What membership benefits do Audible Premium Plus members get?
Audible Premium Plus members receive the following benefits:
- Access to thousands of audiobooks, podcasts and Audible Originals in the Audible Plus Catalog
- Credits each month/year (depending on your plan) that are good for any title in the premium collection, regardless of price or length
- Easy exchanges – If you’re not loving your purchased listen, simply exchange Audible book for another.
- No wasted credits – Keep hold of your monthly credits for up to a year
- 30% discount off additional audiobooks
- Exclusive deals and sales
Can I keep the titles I listen to in the Audible Plus catalog?
You can add Audible Plus Catalog titles to your library and keep them as long as your membership is active and the title remains in the Plus Catalog. You can only keep titles forever if either you purchase them with a credit card, a credit, or buy titles marked as “Buy for $0.00.”
Can I switch between membership plans?
Yes, you can switch to any plan you like at any time. If you have credits and decide to switch to the Audible Plus membership, you will keep your credits after switching. The original expiration date for each credit still applies, even if you switch memberships.
How can I sign up for Audible Plus or Audible Premium Plus?
Choose an Audible plan that’s right for you and start your free trial here:
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