Audible files can’t be recognized by old iPod devices? Today, we will lead you to figure out how to play Audible on iPod devices. In this way, you can play Audible audiobooks on iPod Nano, iPod Touch, iPod Shuffle without any limits.

“Why can my sister use her iPod Touch to play Audible books, but I can’t play Audible on my iPod Shuffle? Can anybody tell me why is this happen?”

iPod devices are very popular portable media players and multifunctional mobile devices which produced by Apple Inc. There are three well-known series of products, namely iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle, iPod Touch. They can easily and smoothly play all audio files which be compatible with iPod devices. However, Audible audiobooks are not in this range. So if you want to play Audible audiobooks on iPod devices, what should you do? In previous articles, we introduced how to play Audible on MP3 player, today we will show you how to play Audible on iPod Touch directly, and a best workaround to convert Audible to M4A then transfer Audible books to iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle to playback.

Part 1. How to Play Audible on iPod Touch?

When there is an available Wi-Fi network, iPod Touch can access the Internet. It can be said that it is basically the same as the iPhone, except that it does not have a cellular data connection. In this case, you can download the Audible App through the App Store, and then play Audible audiobooks in the App directly. The following are the detailed steps.

audible for ios app

Step 1. Install the Audible App from App Store. Run Audible app and login your account.

Step 2. In ‘Library’ tab, you can view your purchased books and choose one you want to listening.

Step 3. Absolutely, you can also download the audiobook for offline playbak by clicking ‘Download’ button.

If you have listened to Audible audiobooks on more than one iOS devices, in order to facilitate you to locate the listening position, Audible provides a location synchronization function.

#1 Run Audible App on iPod Touch.

#2 Press ‘Profile’ tab and turn to ‘Settings’ (gear icon).

#3 Hit ‘Player’ button and switch off the ‘Sync playback position’ then switch on.

Part 2. How to Put Audible to iPod Nano/Shuffle?

Through the above introduction, we can easily play Audible audiobooks on iPod Touch via WiFi connection, but this doesn’t apply to iPod Shuffle and iPod Nano. However, there are usually alternatives, you need sync downloaded Audible books to iTunes in compatible format and proper file size, then you can transfer Audible books to iPod Nano and Shuffle. Please read the Part 3 in detail about what is the compatible format and proper file size. Now let us move to how to transfer Audible books to iPod Nano/Shuffle via iTunes.

Step 1. Open iTunes on computer, connect iPod Nano/Shuffle with your computer via lightning cable.

Step 2. The iPod device will appear on the left column, touch ‘File’ > ‘Devices’ to choose iPod.

Step 3. Click ‘Audiobooks’ in the left side then tap ‘Sync Audiobooks’ > ‘Selected Audiobooks’ to pick the Audible books you want to transfer. Then hit ‘Apply’ to put Audible to iPod Nano/Shuffle.

Part 3. Convert Audible to MP3 to Play on Any Device Freely

You should have noticed that when you transfer Audible files directly to iPod Nano/Shuffle, they cannot be played at all. This is what we mentioned in Part 2 that iPod devices are not compatible with the Audible file format. The iPod Shuffle can work well with the 2, 3 format, and iPod Nano can comptible with the format 2, 3, 4. In short, they can’t support the Audible AA/AAX format. And for file size, the majority of iPod devices have limits on file size while many audiobooks are large. To avoid crashing or other problems with your iPod device, you had better cut the large audiobooks into small pieces for playback on iPod devices.

Here, a tailor-made software appears, this third-party converter can solve all the problems of transferring Audible files to iPod devices.

TunesBank Audible Converter is a perfect workaround to solve all of problems on transfer Audible books to iPod devices. It can convert Audible AA/AAX to M4A, MP3, WAV, FLAC with 100% original quality. In the process, you don’t even have to install the iTunes App and get Audible authorization. Unlike other converters on the market, TunesBank has an amazing built-in Split feature, it can cut large audiobooks into smaller segments via chapter or time effortlessly. Moreover, all of ID3 tags and chapter information will be saved in the output files, such as book title, artist, copyright, etc. By using it, you can convert Audible to M4A which can be compatible with iPod devices, then you can play Audible on iPod devices freely. Beyond that, you can even burn Audible audiobooks to CD.

Core Features of TunesBank Audible Converter:

  • Convert Audible AA/AAX to M4A, MP3, FLAC, WAV losslessly.
  • Seperate chunk Audible files into smaller parts by chapters or time.
  • No need to install iTunes App and get Audible account approval.
  • Keep chapter information, ID3 tags such as title, artist, copyright, etc.
  • Play Audible audiobooks on iPod Nano/ Touch/ Shuffle without limits.
  • Up to 100X fast conversion speed and supports to batch converting.

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Tutorial: Convert Audible to M4A for Playback on iPod Devices

Step 1. Fire Up TunesBank Audible Converter
When TunesBank Converter is downloaded and installed, fire up the converter on computer.

launch TunesBank audible converter

Step 2. Pick Audible Books to TunesBank
Locate the downloaded audiobooks and pick the Audible files you want to convert. You can drag and drop the Audible books to the TunesBank directly, or click “Add File” button to choose.

drag and drop audible files to program

Step 3. Select M4A as Output Format
To play Audible on iPod devices, select “M4A” as the output format. In this section, you can edit the parameters, like Output Format, Sample Rate, Bit Rate and Split audiobooks via chapter and time.

select mp3 format

Step 4. Start to Convert Audible to M4A
Just hit on the “Convert All” button to convert Audible AA/AAX to M4A.

convert from audible to mp3

Step 5. Get the Audible M4A Books
After the converting is done, touch “Completed” > “Open File” to get the converted Audible M4A books.

vide conversion history

Step 6. Transfer Audible Books to iPod Nano/Shuffle/Touch
Now you get the M4A Audible files which can be compatible with iPod devices. You can go back to Part 2 to check the detailed tutorial about how to put Audible to iPod devices.

If you are iPod Touch user, you can directly play Audible audiobooks on iPod Touch via Audible App. Well, for iPod Shuffle and Nano, things are more complicated, because Audible AA/AAX files cannot be compatible with iPod devices. Luckily, TunesBank comes for help, it can losslessly convert Audible to M4A which can be work well with iOS devices. Besides M4A, it can convert MP3, WAV, FLAC without iTunes and Audible authorization. In this way, you can play Audible books on any devices without restrictions.

Play Audible on iPod Nano/Touch/Shuffle


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