One of the main reasons why I chose FMOD for this book is that it contains two separate APIs—the FMOD Ex Programmer's API, for low-level audio playback, and FMOD Designer, for high-level data-driven audio. This will allow us to cover game audio programming at different levels of abstraction without having to use entirely different technologies.
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Besides that reason, FMOD is also an excellent piece of software, with several advantages to game developers: