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4 Steps I Took to Remove DRM from iTunes M4B Audiobooks

By Patrick Dyer

July 06, 2017

Have you ever bought audiobooks from iTunes Store but found it is impossible to play them on Android phone or MP3 players? If so, you are likely to be trapped by Apple's FairPlay DRM protection.


In this guide, we will help you remove the annoying DRM from iTunes audiobooks.


Due to DRM, all iTunes audiobooks are encoded in M4B or M4A format which can only be played on Apple devices. The official solution to break DRM from iTunes audiobooks is to burn them to CD. It is complicated, isn't it? Let alone the restriction that each audiobook can only be burnt once.


Is There Any App That Can Help Me?

If you don't like the "burning CD" way, you can make use of TuneFab Apple Music Converter to remove DRM from iTunes audiobooks.  This software also acts as an iTunes audiobooks DRM removal which allows you to strip DRM off from iTunes and Audible audiobooks at 16X faster speed. At the same time, it can convert audiobooks from M4B, AA and AAX to DRM-free formats, such as MP3, M4A, AAC, etc. When converting iTunes M4B audiobooks to M4A, you can also retain the chapter information.

• Remove DRM from iTunes Audiobooks at up to 16X recording speeds

• Convert M4B/AA/AAX to MP3, M4A, AC3, etc.

• ID tags and metadata will be saved to output MP3 and M4A files

• Batch conversion allows you to convert entire audiobook collection

4 Steps to Remove DRM from iTunes Audiobooks

Step 1. Install Audiobooks DRM Removal

Click the "Try It Free" button the get the trial version of the program. Then, install it your Mac or Windows computer.

When you run it, all your iTunes files will be shown automatically on the interface, including music, movies, TV shows, audiobooks, etc.

Install Audiobooks DRM Removal

Step 2. Select Audiobooks You Want to Remove DRM

Click "Audiobooks" on the left column and you will see all your audiobooks on the right side. Then, click the checkbox before the audiobook you want to remove DRM from.

Select Audiobooks You Want to Remove DRM from

Step 3. Customize Output Settings

In the "Output Settings" section, you can select the output format, customize output file profile, choose an output folder.MP3 and M4A are suggested output format.

Now, click "Option" at top left corner and tick the checkbox before "Metadata tags" and "Keep Chapter info".

Customize Output Settings

Step 4. Start to Strip iTunes Audiobook DRM

Click "Convert" on the top to start removing DRM from audiobooks. Since most of the audiobooks are long, it will take you a few hours to remove DRM from all audiobooks you selected.

Start to Strip iTunes Audiobook DRM

After conversion, you can enjoy iTunes audiobooks on any devices and any audiobook players.


Tips: This Guide can also be applied to remove DRM from Audible audiobooks.


Extras: How to Add Chapters to Audiobooks in iTunes

Step 1. Launch iTunes and right-click the audiobook file. Click "Get Info," then "Options."

Add Chapters to Audiobooks in iTunes

Step 2. Enter the "Start" and "Stop" time for each chapter in the empty text boxes. For example, chapter 1 will start at 0:00 and end at 20:15. Chapter 2 will then start at 20:15 and end at 40:15 depending on your preference.


Step 3. Click "Advanced," then "Create MP3 Version." Click the "Music" icon on the left pane and rename each chapter "1st Chapter," or whatever name you prefer.


Step 4. Right-click "1st Chapter" on the left pane and click "Get Info," then "Options." Choose "Audiobook" as the "Media Kind" and click "OK." Repeat these steps for each chapter you set.


With such professional converter, you can easily exact DRM protection from M4B audiobooks and listen on various devices.


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