Audible Vs. Audible Plus: What Is The Difference? (Explained)

When subscription services offer multiple types of paid plans, it can often be confusing at a glance to understand what the difference really is.

Audible is no exception to this rule, and even the names of the plans can be more than a little misleading.

So if you’d like to make sense of the different plans Audible has to offer, you’re reading the right article. Read on, and we’ll see if we can’t untangle these confusingly named plans for you.

Here’s the Difference Between Audible Plans:

The audiobook streaming service offers two paid subscription plans: Audible Plus and Audible Premium Plus. Both offer access to a digital library as long as the subscription is maintained. Audible Premium Plus offers a larger library and 1 credit per month for an audiobook you may keep.

What Is Included with the Cheapest Audible Plan?

The cheapest plan available is Audible Plus (yes, we know that’s confusing, more on that later).

Audible Plus allows unlimited access to a library of audiobooks, podcasts, and so on, but you don’t get to keep anything if you cancel or your sub runs out.

This library contains somewhere between 10,000 and 11,000 titles, with the possibility of expansion as Audible adds to their library.

Audible Plus costs $7.95 per month, just slightly more than half the price of the more expensive plan.

If you’re on a budget and just want access to a decent library of audiobooks, podcasts, meditations, and more, Audible Plus isn’t a bad deal necessarily.

With that being said, let’s take a look at the more expensive plan next, and see what you get for paying almost twice as much.

How Many Books Do You Get With Audible Premium Plus?

The more expensive plan, Audible Premium Plus, offers everything you get from Audible Plus, in addition to several more benefits, priced at $14.95 per month.

For one thing, the library of content you can access anytime as long as your subscription is active is larger by a huge margin.

Audible Premium Plus’ library contains over 500,000 titles. That’s about 50 times as many titles as Audible Plus!

Not only that, but Audible Premium Plus (yes, that is a mouthful) also offers 1 audiobook credit per month with your subscription.

You can redeem each of these credits for a single audiobook that’s yours to keep, even after you cancel your plan or let your sub expire!

This makes Audible Premium Plus a great way to grow a collection of audiobooks over time.

Because even if you decide one day that you don’t feel like paying for it anymore, you’ll leave with a collection of your favorites to keep forever.

Or if you can’t afford the plan temporarily, you can pause your subscription without losing everything, and still have all the books you got with your credits until such time as you can resume your membership.

Why Is the Cheapest Plan Called “Audible Plus” and Not Just “Audible”?

Honestly, because some marketing executive decided it sounded better, most likely.

We can’t really say for sure unless the individual or individuals responsible for the decision decide to come out and explain their reasoning, but ultimately it’s just “one of those marketing things.”

It’s more than a little misleading, in fact, and that’s probably not an accident.

Audible Plus is the cheaper plan with fewer benefits, but when you put it like that, it doesn’t sound nearly as appealing, does it?

It might make more rational sense to call the basic plan simply “Audible” or “Audible Basic,” or something like that. But what makes the most sense isn’t necessarily what sells the best.

The fact is, people are more likely to buy something if it gives the impression of offering more, and the word “plus” connotes that feeling of offering more.

This makes you, the consumer, feel like you’re getting more out of your purchase, even if it doesn’t really make any sense to call something “plus” when there isn’t a “basic” plan under it.

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When Did Audible Plus Start?

Audible’s plans weren’t always this confusing or misleading.

Before “Audible Plus” and “Audible Premium Plus,” there were “Audible Gold” and “Audible Platinum.”

Before the shift to Plus/Premium Plus, Audible offered a Gold plan which was basically exactly the same in pricing and features as the current Audible Premium Plus.

There was also an Audible Platinum plan, which charged $22.95 per month and offered 2 audiobook credits a month instead of 1.

On August 24, 2020, both Audible Gold and Audible Platinum were lumped together and renamed “Audible Premium Plus,” which is basically just Audible Gold with a new name.

At the same time, they introduced “Audible Plus” for half the price, with a smaller library and no monthly audiobook credits.

Audible Platinum must not have been very popular, or at least not profitable enough, because it was simply discontinued with no new equivalent offered in terms of pricing and benefits.

Let’s Look at All the Plans You Can Choose with Audible

Currently, there are exactly two plans you can choose from with Audible: Plus, and Premium Plus. Let’s break down what you get for each, and at what price:

Audible Plus:

  • Priced at $7.95 per month.
  • 30-day free trial; you will be charged for your second month if you forget to cancel.
  • Unlimited access to a library of 10,000-11,000 audiobooks, podcasts, meditations, and more with a valid subscription.
  • No credits: when your subscription ends, you’re left with nothing.

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Audible Premium Plus:

  • Priced at $14.95 per month.
  • 30-day free trial; you will be charged for your second month if you forget to cancel.
  • Unlimited access to a library of over 500,000 audiobooks, podcasts, meditations, and more with a valid subscription.
  • 1 audiobook credit per month: this may be redeemed for a title that is yours to keep even if your subscription ends.

Both plans also offer two additional premium titles as a bonus if you are also subscribed to Amazon Prime when you start your free trial.

Beyond the difference in library size, which is pretty significant on its own, the main difference between these two plans is what you’re left with if you ever decide to unsubscribe.

With Audible Plus, you’re left with nothing at all. With Premium Plus, you lose access to the massive library, but keep access to your personal library of whatever you spent your credits on.

We certainly can’t tell you which plan will be best for your needs; if your budget is tight and you just want access to some audiobooks, Plus isn’t a bad deal at all.

With that being said, if you can afford it, Premium Plus seems to offer a much better value for your money.


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