How to Convert Audible Audiobooks to M4A

Summary
Do you want to listen to Audible audiobooks on an iPod or popular MP3 player? This article will introduce you to 2 excellent Audible to M4A converters, designed to losslessly convert Audible AA/AAX audiobooks to M4A format, so that you can enjoy your Audible audiobooks on any Apple device or player anytime, anywhere.

“How do I convert an Audible file to M4A? Is there any tool to convert AAX/AA to M4A to play in my iPod Shuffle?”

When you synced the Audible audiobooks to an old iPod device or MP3 player, you will find that the iPod/MP3 player cannot recognize Audible audiobooks. In fact, all the downloaded Audible audiobooks are in AA/AAX format protected by DRM, you can only listen to Audible AA/AAX audiobooks on limited devices, such as Mac, Windows PC, iPhone, Android and Windows Phone, Fire tablets. To listen to Audible Audiobooks on iPod nano, Zune, MP3 player or other devices, you need to convert Audible Audiobooks to M4A or MP3 format. But how to convert Audible Audiobooks to M4A, MP3 format?

convert audible audiobooks to m4a

In the latest article, you have get the ways to convert Audible Audiobooks to MP3. You can click on the link to review it. The following tutorial will show you different ways to convert Audible AA/AAX Audiobooks to M4A with professional Audible Audiobook Converters.

Part 1. What is M4A Format and Why Convert Audible to M4A?

M4A means MPEG 4 Audio, a file extension for an audio file encoded using Advanced Audio Coding (AAC). M4A file is a lossy compression that is highly compatible with iTunes and Apple devices. M4A is generally intended to be the successor of MP3. It can be said that M4A is Apple’s response to MP3. Compared to MP3, M4A files sound better when encoded at the same bit rate. That’s why more and more people prefer to convert Audible books to M4A format.

Furthermore, Audible Audiobooks is a subscription service eBook provided by Amazon. Audible’s DRM prevents users from unauthorized copying and playback of downloaded audiobooks. After removing DRM and converting Audible to M4A, you can freely use Audible books on your devices.

Benefits of Converting Audible Audiobooks to M4A:
*Play Audible books with QuickTime Player on Mac and Windows Media Player on Windows PC.
*Sync the Audible audiobooks to any iPod device, iPhone, iPad, etc.
*Add the Audible M4A audios to iMovie for your video project’s BGM.
*Burn Audible books to CD/DVD on iTunes for enjoyment or play in the car.
*Use the Audible audiobook as alarm or ringtone on your iPhone/Android phone, etc.

Part 2. Convert Audible Audiobooks to M4A via TunesBank Audible Converter

TunesBank Audible Converter is a multifunctional tool that can help you convert get rid of Audible DRM and convert Audible AA/AAX Audiobooks to M4A audio with zero quality loss. This smart Audible to M4A Converter is very easy to use, you don’t need to install iTunes app nor authorize Audible account. Even if you forget your Audible account and password, you can still easily get high-quality M4A audio from Audible.

By using advanced core technology, it is able to convert Audible Audio Books to M4A at 100X faster speed with complete chapter and ID3 tags kept. Apart from this, the built-in editing and splitting functions are very useful for those who like to customize audiobooks. Yes, it not only enables users to edit the ID3 tags and metadata like book cover, artist, title, album, genre, etc., bust also supports users to split the large audiobooks into multiple parts by chapter or time.

Highlights of TunesBank Audible to M4A Converter:

  • No need to install iTunes app or authorize Audible account.
  • Losslessly convert AAX/AA to M4A, MP3, FLAC and WAV format.
  • Remain original audio quality and customize output quality.
  • Convert Audible Audiobooks to M4A with original chapter kept.
  • Save original chapter info and ID3 tags while converting Audible to M4A.
  • Edit ID3 tags and split audiobook to small parts by chapter, time.
  • Offers high-speed conversion 100 times more than other converters.

Guide: How to Convert Audible Audiobooks to M4A Fast?

Step 1. Run TunesBank Audible Converter
Click the “Download” button above to download and launch TunesBank Audible Converter on your Mac or PC. After launching the program, you will see its simple and clean interface.

run TunesBank Audible Converter

Step 2. Add Audible Audiobooks to TunesBank
It’s very easy to import Audible files to TunesBank program. Just drag and drop the AA/AAX files to its interface. Then it will immediately load all the audiobooks.

drag and drop audible files to program

Step 3. Select M4A Format for Audible Audiobooks
Now choose the “Output Settings” from the menu bar (in the upper right corner). It will pop up a new small window. Here you can customize the output format, bitrate (up to 320kbps), sample rate (up to 48000Hz) for the audiobooks. Also, you could split the audible books for your small device.

select m4a format

Tips: TunesBank software supports you to set different format for each book, you can select the target format in the “Output Format” next to each book.

Step 4. Start Converting Audible Audiobooks to M4A
If ready, press on the “Convert All” button to start the conversion from AAX/AA to M4A format with lossless quality.

start to convert audible to m4a

After the conversion is complete, tap on the “Completed” option, and click the “Open File” to view the converted Audible M4A file.

view converted audible m4a files

Part 3. Convert Audible Audiobooks to M4A via TunesBank Apple Music Converter

TunesBank Apple Music Converter is a specialized audiobook converter for Audible and iTunes. With using it, you can not only remove DRM from Audible, but also convert Audible AA and AAX audiobooks to M4A, MP3, AC3, AIFF, AU, FLAC format with keeping original quality. What’s more, all the chapters, ID3 tags and metadata info will be well saved in the output M4A/MP3 files, including book cover, name, duration, artist, album, etc. Even better, there is no need to worry the conversion speed, it can convert audiobooks at up to 5-10X super faster speed.

Another powerful function of this tool is that it also supports to convert Apple Music M4P songs, iTunes purchased M4P music and iTunes M4B audiobooks to MP3, M4A, FLAC with lossless quality. So you can also use it to convert iTunes M4B Audiobooks to MP3, M4A with ease. In this way, you can freely enjoy Audible Audiobooks on iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle, iPod Classic, iPod Touch, MP3 player, Sony Walkman, PSP, Creative Zen, Kindle, iRiver, iPhone, iPad, Android phones or tablets and any other device without Audible app and network.

Features of TunesBank Apple Music Converter:

  • Easily strip DRM protection from Audible Audiobooks and iTunes Audiobooks.
  • Convert Audible AA/AAX Audiobooks to M4A, MP3, AC3, AIFF, AU, FLAC format.
  • Convert iTunes M4B Audiobooks to M4A, MP3, FLAC audios with lossless quality.
  • Convert Apple Music M4P songs, iTunes purchased M4P songs to M4A, MP3, FLAC.
  • Preserve chapter info, ID3 tags while converting Audible books at 5-10X faster speed.
  • Listen to Audible Audiobooks on MP3 players, iPod Nano/Shuffle/Classic/Touch, etc.
  • Enjoy Audible Audiobooks anywhere anytime, without Audible app and network.
  • One-click to burn the Audible Audiobooks to a CD to play in your car with ease.
  • Strongly compatible with the latest Windows 10 and macOS 11 Big Sur.

Tutorial: How to Convert Audible Audiobooks to M4A Format?

TunesBank Apple Music Converter is a desktop application for Mac and Windows. It’s highly compatible with the latest Windows 10 and macOS 11 Big Sur. Here we will take Windows version as example to guide you how to use it to convert Audible AA/AAX Audiobooks as M4A files in easy steps.

Step 1. Download Audiobooks and Add to iTunes library
At first, please download the Audible Audiobooks from Audible.com to your MacOS or PC. Then launch iTunes on your PC or MacOS(MacOS 10.14 Catalina or earlier), create a new playlist in iTunes, and drag and drop the downloaded AA or AAX Audiobooks to the new playlist.

Add audiobooks to iTunes

Next, click any audiobook you added and check whether it can be played in iTunes. If not, you need to log in your Audible account to authorize iTunes. After that, exit iTunes program.

Play Audible audiobooks with iTunes

Step 2. Launch TunesBank Apple Music Converter
Now get TunesBank Apple Music Converter downloaded on your computer. After installation, launch TunesBank program, and it will automatically launch iTunes app. Then it will automatically load all audiobooks from iTunes.

Run Audible Audiobook Converter

Step 3. Choose Audible Audiobooks
Click “Audible Audiobooks” in the left side, then choose the audiobooks you want to convert by ticking the checkbox in the right section.

Choose Audible AA or AAX Audiobooks

Step 4. Choose M4A as Output Format
In the bottom of the interface, you can customize Output Setting, including Output Format(pick M4A), Output Folder, Bitrate(up to 320kbps), Sample rate, Channels and more for the output file.

Choose M4A as Output Format

Besides, TunesBank also allows you to edit the ID3 tags like title, artist, album art, etc. in the “Metadata” section.

edit Metadata

Step 5. Start Converting Audible Audiobooks to M4A
Simply press on the “Convert” button and start converting Audible AA and AAX audiobooks to M4A files. You will get DRM-free M4A audiobooks in a few minutes.

Converting Audible AA or AAX to M4A

Once the conversion is done, you can go to “Finished” section, click the “View Output File” to find all the audiobook files you have converted.

get MP3 Audible files

Extra Tips: What Programs can Open Audible .m4a Files?
After converting Audible AA/AAX books to M4A format, you can play them on some common media players, including:

For Mac users: iTunes, QuickTime Player, Roxio Popcorn.
For Windows users: Windows Media Player, Media Player Classic.
For iOS devices: The built-in Music app.
For Android devices: VLC Player, Google Play Music, Poweramp, BlackPlayer, etc.

Conclusion

With the help of TunesBank Audible Converter and TunesBank Apple Music Converter, you can easily convert and save Audible audiobooks as M4A files with lossless audio quality. Just get the one you like! Now you can play them through on your computer or move the converted audiobooks M4A files to any device for playback offline, such as MP3 player, iPod nano, iPod shuffle, iPod classic, iPod touch, Garmins, SanDisks, Kindle, iRiver, Sony Walkman, iPhone, iPad, Android phones or tablets, PSP, etc. In addition, you can also burn the Audible Audiobooks to a CD to play in your car!

Download TunesBank Aduible Converter for your Mac or Windows:

Convert Audible Audiobooks to M4A