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How to Convert iTunes M4B Audiobooks to MP3 for Playing on Multiple Devices

By Laura Barnes

Updated on November 15, 2018

Many of you may have purchased audiobooks from iTunes Store which are in M4B format. Here is how to convert M4B audiobooks to MP3 files so as to listen to your iTunes audiobooks on multiple devices such as Android, MP3 player, etc.

iTunes audiobooks are identified as .m4b format, which are very similar to .m4a except that the .m4b format can store digital bookmarks along with the audio. That makes it easy for you to pause at a specific chapter and then resume from the same place you left off. However, the iTunes M4B audiobooks are not compatible with many multimedia players like MP3 players, VLC, Windows Media Player, etc. because of the DRM. If you want to listen to your M4B files on all your devices without limitation, you'd better convert M4B to MP3 which is a format that generally supported by most of the media players and portable devices.

This guide will show you how to directly convert both DRM-protected M4B to MP3 and DRM-free M4B audiobook to MP3 with different methods. If your M4B audiobooks are purchased from iTunes, I highly recommend that you follow the steps in Part 1 to remove the DRM and convert M4B file to MP3.


Part 1. Convert iTunes M4B to MP3 with Professional Converter

iTunes M4B audiobooks are DRM-protected which can only be played on authorized devices or computers. And because of the DRM protection, you cannot directly convert M4B to MP3 without a specially designed program like TuneFab Apple Music Converter, or you can call it iTunes Audiobook Converter.

TuneFab Apple Music Converter is an all-in-one program that can remove Apple's DRM protection and convert iTunes M4B audiobooks, Apple Music, Audible audiobook, and iTunes videos to DRM-free MP3, M4A, FLAC, AAC, AC3 and more. It can automatically import your iTunes audiobooks from iTunes into the program, so you don't have to manually added the M4B file. Also, it allows you to preserve high quality audio settings such as 256/320 kbps and 44100 Hz. Most importantly, it supports converting M4B to MP3 at 16X faster speed and it can preserve the audiobook chapters in converted M4A format.

Let's see how to convert iTunes M4B to MP3 with TuneFab Audibook Converter now.

Step 1. Download and Run TuneFab iTunes M4B Converter

After installation, run Tune iTunes M4B converter on your PC. iTunes will be automatically opened to work with this program, please don't quit it.

Step 2. Select the M4B Audiobooks

This program will detect all M4B audiobooks stored in iTunes library so you don't need to add M4B files by yourself. Now click "Audiobooks" category in the left sidebar, then all M4B audiobooks will be displayed. Choose the one you want to convert and click the checkbox.

Step 3. Choose MP3 as Output Format

Go to "Output Settings" and choose the output format as MP3 from the drop-down list. Then all the profile settings will be automatically filled. If you want to customize the settings, you can select them one by one such as codec, bit rates, sample rate, etc.

Select Audiobook Format

Step 4. Select Conversion Speed (Optional)

You can select the conversion speed from 1X to 16X by clicking at the "Options" tab and choose "Adjust audio conversion speed". Meanwhile, if you want to keep chapters info, you'd better choose the M4A as output format.

Step 5. Converting M4B to MP3

Click "Convert" button to start converting M4B to MP3 on Windows or Mac computer. Within a few minutes, this M4B to MP3 conversion process will be finished. And you can transfer the MP3 audiobooks to any device for listening.

Converting M4B to MP3

Video Tutorial: How to Convert iTunes M4B to MP3

Part 2. Convert M4B to MP3 with Online Freeware

If you have some M4B audiobooks that downloaded from other sources and want to convert them to MP3, you can try this online converter. Online tool can only convert DRM-free M4B file to MP3 for free. Please make sure that your M4B audiobook is not DRM protected before choosing this method.

Cloudconvert, an online website that can convert multiple audio files to MP3. If you don't want to install software on your PC, you can visit the website and add your M4B files into the website and click on "Convert" button to start converting M4B to MP3. When the converting is done, you can click on "Download" button to save the converted MP3 to your computer.

Online M4B to MP3 Converter

Part 3. Convert M4B File to MP3 with iTunes

If you have installed iTunes on your Windows PC or Mac, you can add the M4B audiobooks into iTunes and then use iTunes to convert them to MP3 format. Previously we've already introduced how to create iPhone ringtone in iTunes, now let's see how to convert M4B to MP3 with iTunes step by step.

Step 1. Go to "Edit" > "Preferences", and then select "Import Settings" from the pop-up window. In the Import Settings window, select "MP3 Encoder" and choose the audio quality. Finally, click on "OK" to save the settings.

iTuns Import Settings

Step 2. Now you can go to "Audiobooks" section in iTunes and then click on "File" > "Add File to Library" to import the M4B audiobook into iTunes.

Step 3. Select the audiobooks you want to convert to MP3 and then go to "File" > "Convert" > "Create MP3 Version". iTunes will start converting M4B to MP3 within minutes.

Convert M4B to MP3 with iTunes

Editor's Note

That's all the 3 methods we would like to share with you in this post. All 3 methods are tested by our team and they are so far the best ways to convert M4B to MP3. But I still need to remind you that if you are converting iTunes purchased M4B audiobook, please download and try TuneFab Apple Music Converter because it can completely remove DRM and convert M4B to MP3 in batches. Pick the one you like best and starting convert M4B files to MP3 now!

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