Do you want to play audiobooks on MP3 players or other portable devices? This article will guide you how to convert iTunes M4B audiobooks to MP3 audio in 2 easy ways while retaining the complete chapter information.

“I have some purchased M4B Audiobooks on iTunes library, is it possible to convert M4B Audiobooks to MP3 files? How can I convert them to MP3 audio for my Sony Walkman? Please help.”

I have download AA and AAX files from Audible, how can I use iTunes to convert Audible books to MP3?

If you have purchased audiobooks from iTunes in the past, guess you want to listen to them on your MP3 players, iPods, cars or other portable devices. However, the audiobook you purchased from iTunes is encoded with Fairplay DRM in M4B format, which means that you can only play it on authorized devices with iTunes installed. In fact, the M4B format is an extension of MPEG-4 audio e-book file, if you want to play iTunes M4B audiobooks on mobile device or audio player, you need to convert iTunes M4B audiobooks to MP3 and other common audio formats like WAV. In this article, you will learn how to easily convert iTunes audiobook to MP3, so that you are able to play iTunes audiobooks on any MP3 players.

Way 1. How to Convert Unprotected Audiobooks to MP3 with iTunes

For some unprotected audiobooks, you can convert them to MP3 files on iTunes directly. You can refer to the simple steps below.

Step 1. Launch iTunes on your computer, click on “iTunes” > “Preferences”, then select the “Import Settings”.

Step 2. Select “MP3 Encoder” in the “Import Using” option, and choose “High Quality” or “Spoken Podcast” in the “Setting” option, then click “OK” button.

Step 3. In the left side, select your audiobook you want to convert in the iTunes library.

Step 4. Click on “File” > “Convert” > “Create MP3 Version”. Then iTunes will immediately make MP3 tracks for the book.

When you use iTunes to convert DRM-locked iTunes M4B audiobooks to MP3, it will prompt “Protected files cannot be converted to other formats”. In this case, you need to use a third-party tool to remove the DRM protection of iTunes M4B audiobooks and convert them to unprotected MP3 files.

Way 2. Convert DRM-protected iTunes M4B Audiobooks to MP3 Easily

When it comes to converting iTunes M4B Audiobook categories to MP3, the older version of TunesBank Apple Music Converter can do a great job.

The older version of TunesBank Apple Music Converter is also a powerful iTunes Music Converter and iTunes Audiobooks Converter. It can not only remove DRM from iTunes audiobooks, but also convert iTunes M4B audiobooks and Audible AA/AAX audiobooks to MP3, M4A, AAC, etc. Apart from this, it enables you to convert Apple Music songs and iTunes music to MP3, M4A, AAC, FLAC audios without any quality loss. In this way, you can enjoy your iTunes audiobooks, Apple Music, iTunes music on your MP3 player, iPod nano, PSP and more other devices with ease.

Features of TunesBank Apple Music Converter:

  • Remove DRM from iTunes/Audible audiobooks, Apple Music, iTunes music.
  • Convert iTunes M4B audiobooks, Audible AA/AAX audiobooks to MP3, M4A.
  • Convert Apple Music, iTunes M4P music to MP3, M4A, AAC, FLAC.
  • Keep complete chapter information in output MP3/M4A files.
  • Listen to iTunes audiobooks on MP3 player, car player, iPod nano, etc.

Tips: The older version of TunesBank Apple Music Converter is good at convert iTunes music and audiobooks, if you just want to convert Apple Music to MP3, I suggest you use the latest version of TunesBank Apple Music Converter, there is a Apple Music web player in the program, you can directly download Apple Music to MP3, M4A, FLAC and WAV at batch.

download Apple Music to MP3

How to Convert iTunes Audiobooks to MP3 with TunesBank

Follow the detailed guide to convert iTunes M4B audiobooks to unprotected MP3 with using TunesBank Apple Music Converter.

Step 1. Launch TunesBank Audiobooks Converter
Download and install TunesBank Audiobooks Converter on your PC or Mac. When you launch the program, iTunes app will be opened automatically. Then it will load all the contents of your iTunes library, including Audiobooks, music, music videos, etc.

run Audible Converter

Step 2. Add iTunes M4B Audiobooks to TunesBank
Click “Audiobooks” in the left panel, then select the target audiobooks by ticking the checkbox in the right panel. Also, you can search the audiobook or song by typing the name in the “Search” bar.

Select Audible AA Audiobooks

Step 3. Select MP3 Format For iTunes Audiobooks
Move to the bottom of the interface, pick MP3 format in the “Output Format” option for the selected audiobooks. Besides, you can adjust the Output Quality, Output Folder, Bitrate, SampleRate, Channels, etc. for your needs.

Select MP3 Format

Step 4. Start Converting iTunes M4B Audiobooks to MP3
Everything happens right here, on TunesBank. Press on “Convert” button to start converting iTunes M4B audiobooks to MP3 without sound quality loss.

Convert Audible to MP3

After conversion, you can go to “Finished” option to check the well-converted audiobooks files, click “View Output File” to open it.

get MP3 audiobook files

Final Words

Now you have learned how to convert iTunes M4B Audiobook to MP3 pure audio in 2 easy ways. For non-DRM audiobooks, you can convert them into MP3 on iTunes with ease. For DRM-protected iTunes M4B Audiobooks, TunesBank Apple Music Converter comes in handy. In addition to iTunes M4B audiobooks, TunesBank Apple Music Converter also lets you convert Apple Music M4P songs, iTunes purchased M4P music and Audible AA/AAX audiobooks to MP3, M4A, AAC audios with 1005 lossless quality, helping your any your favourite Audiobooks, iTunes music and Apple Music on any device anytime, anywhere.

Convert iTunes M4B Audiobooks to MP3


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