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Best Ways to Convert iTunes M4B Audiobooks to MP3

By Catrina Jones

Updated on March 02, 2019

What's M4B file? It's an MPEG-4 file type for audiobooks you download or purchase from iTunes Store or other sources. It is similar to M4A format except that the M4B format can store digital bookmarks along with the audio.


The only problem I can find about M4B audiobook seems to be the format incompatibility. Simply put, it's hard to find a compatible player to play M4B audiobooks, whether they are from iTunes Store or somewhere else. That’s why we made this guide, to help you convert M4B to MP3 so that you can listen to your audiobooks on whatever device or player you like.


Let's dive in, shall we?


What's the Best M4B to MP3 Converter?

It depends on what audiobooks you are trying to convert with the M4B file converter. If the M4B audiobooks you have are not encrypted with DRM, you can use some freeware including iTunes, M4B to MP3 online converter and VLC media player to help you finish the conversion.


If what you need is a converter that can convert protected M4B to MP3, TuneFab Apple Music Converter is the best option.


Although TuneFab Apple Music Converter sounds like a tool for converting Apple Music songs, it is actually more than that. It converts iTunes M4B audiobooks, Audible audiobook, Apple Music and iTunes videos which are protected audio files in iTunes, and it also converts podcast, CD songs, and iTunes purchased songs which are non-protected audios in iTunes. Let's check out the main features with more details:

#1. Convert M4B to MP3 and other 8 audio formats

#2. Convert M4P to MP3/M4A

#3. Convert Audible AA/AAX to MP3/M4A

#4. Convert large M4B audiobooks with fast speed

#5. Keep M4B audiobook chapters


Convert iTunes M4B to MP3 in Batch – The Easiest Solution

Step 1. Download and install the M4B to MP3 converter on your computer.

Step 2. Launch the converter and add M4B files by clicking at "Audiobooks" tab from the main interface. Chose the audiobook you want to convert by ticking at the checkbox.

Select iTunes M4B Audiobooks

Step 3. In the main window, click at "Output Format" tab and select MP3 as the output of your audiobooks.

Select MP3 As Output Format

Step 4. Click "Convert" to start converting M4B to MP3. You need to wait for a while until the M4B files are all converted.

Convert M4B to MP3


Note: Remember that you need to install iTunes on your computer before using the converter. The latest version of iTunes is recommended. And most importantly, if you purchase the M4B audiobooks from iTunes, you need to download them from cloud and authorize your PC to play the M4B audiobooks.


Convert M4B to MP3 Online

If you don't feel like downloading any program on your computer, try an online converter. But, it's not 100% working because most of the online converters won't convert iTunes M4B audiobooks. It your audiobooks are from other sources, you might get a chance.


Step 1. Go to Cloudconvert.

Step 2. Click at "Select Files" to upload M4B files you want to convert.

Step 3. Select the MP3 as output format. There are other audio formats supported: AAC, AC3, AIFF, FLAC, M4A, WAV and WMA.

Step 4. Click at "Start Convertsion" to start converting M4B to MP3.

Step 5. Wait with patience until all M4B files are converted into MP3.

M4B to MP3 Online Converter


Convert M4B to MP3 using VLC Player

Step 1. Open VLC media player on computer.

Step 2. Hold "Ctrl" and press "R" on the keyboard to activate the "Open Media" window.

Step 3. Tap "Add" to import your M4B audiobook.

Step 4. Click at "Convert/Save" then a window will show up. Click at "Profile" and then choose "Audio" > "MP3".

Step 5. Click "Browse" on the same windows to select an output folder for keeping the converted files.

Step 6. Finally, click "Start" to start M4B to MP3 conversion.


Convert M4B to MP3 with iTunes

iTunes can perform audio conversion easily. Let's see how to convert M4B to MP3 with your iTunes.


Step 1. First let's open iTunes.

Step 2. Now open the "Preferences" window.

• Windows: Click "Edit" and select "Preferences".

Mac: Click "iTunes" on the menu bar and select "Preferences".

Step 3. Click "Import Settings" from the Preferences windows.

For Import Using, select"MP3 Encoder".

For Setting, select Good Quality (128 Kbps) or Higher Quality (192 Kbps).

Finally, click "OK" to save the above import settings.

iTuns Import Settings


Step 4. Go to "Book" > "Audiobooks" to select the M4B audiobooks you want to convert.

Step 5. Click "File", select "Convert" and click "Create MP3 Version". Now you just need to wait until the files are converted.


And this is how you can convert M4B to MP3. Which one of these methods that you like best? If you know other way to convert M4B audiobook, please let us know!


TuneFab Apple Music Converter - Best M4B to MP3 Converter

#1. Convert M4B to MP3/M4A/AAC/AC3/FALC/AIFF/MKA/AU/M4R.

#2. Keep original audio quality and save chapter info.

#3. Convert M4B files in batch.

#4. Convert Auidble audiobooks to MP3


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