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Know More About iTunes Audiobooks Format

By Patrick Dyer

September 14, 2017

iTunes Store offers lots of contents for users to enjoy, such as music, movies, TV shows, and audiobooks. If you are interested in audiobooks, you can try the iTunes Audiobooks, which are in pretty good quality. To begin with, let’s know something about iTunes Audiobooks.


About iTunes Audiobooks

Audiobooks refers to a talking book, which means the recording of a text being read. The production of audiobooks consists of a narrator reading the text while a studio engineer and director record and direct the performance. At present, Audiobooks are distributed into these downloadable digital formats - MP3, WMA, AAC.


iTunes Audiobooks are encoded by AAC, and M4B is one of the most common file extension of it. To enjoy iTunes Audiobooks, you must purchase them on iTunes Store. There are massive amount of audiobooks stores in iTunes, and the prices are vary from one to one. For example, Stephen Colbert's remark of the White House Correspondent's Dinner costs $1.95, while Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms goes for $25.95.


iTunes Audiobooks are sorted by the type of the audiobooks and authors' name. To search for an audiobook, you just need to click on the proper classification and then the authors' first name, then you can find the audiobooks. iTunes Audiobooks also equipped with the bookmarks and chapter information, which can help users listen to the texts in much more convenient way.


What is M4B Format?

As mentioned above, the common format of iTunes Audiobooks is M4B. The M4B file extension is also use the MPEG-4 Part 14 container format. iTunes M4B Audiobooks are also encoded by AAC format, as a result, they are also protected by FairPlay DRM encryption, a DRM technology developed by Apple Inc. With DRM protection, the locked files cannot be transferred or be played on other unauthorized devices. There are also some DRM-free M4B audiobooks on Internet. But if you purchase audiobooks from iTunes store, they are DRM-ed. Therefore, if you want to enjoy iTunes M4B Audiobooks on other devices or media players, you have to remove DRM from it and convert the format of M4B into MP3.


How to Convert iTunes M4B Audiobooks to MP3 Format

To convert iTunes M4B Audiobooks to MP3 format, you need a third-party software. TuneFab Apple Music Converter can do a pretty good job on DRM removal and format conversion. Although it is named as Apple Music Converter, it can deal with audiobooks, too. This professional tool can help iTunes Audiobooks get rid of DRM limitation, and convert M4B into MP3 format, which can help them be recognized by a majority of MP3 players. Then you can enjoy iTunes M4B Audiobooks whenever you want.

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• Enjoy DRM-free Audiobooks on MP3 Player;

• No waste of time and quality;

• Comfortable conversion experience with all original info fully preserved;

Note: TuneFab Apple Music Converter will help to keep the chapter information (only for M4A, MP3 format).


The guidance is showed below:

Step 1. Launch TuneFab and improt the iTunes Audiobooks

Launch TuneFab Apple Music Converter. A free trial version is provided, and you can click on the button above to download the program directly. It is provided to both Windows and Mac users. Then you need to import the iTunes Audiobooks to TuneFab Apple Music Converter.

Add Audiobooks to iTunes

Step 2. Find your audiobooks lists and select them

When you run TuneFab Apple Music Converter, the program will connect with your iTunes and catch the lists of audiobooks you have added. Find them in "Audiobooks" in "Playlists", and tick those you want to convert.


Step 3. Choose MP3 as output format

In the "Output Settings" section, you can preset the output format of your target audiobooks. Here we can choose MP3 as the output format. Also, you can select a particular output folder to save the converted audiobooks.

Choose Audiobooks output Format

Step 4. Start conversion

Click on "Convert" button to start the conversion. The whole procedure will be finished in few minutes. After conversion, you can get the converted audiobooks.

Convert AA to MP3


Tips: Convert DRM-free M4B Audiobooks to MP3

Except for DRM-ed audiobooks such as iTunes M4B audiobooks, for other DRM-free M4B Audiobooks, iTunes has offered you the way to convert them into MP3 format.

Step 1. Open your iTunes and add the DRM-free audiobooks to the Library.

Step 2. Select "Preferences" in the "Edit" tab, then click on "Import Settings".

Step 3. Drop down "Import Using" and select "MP3 Encoder", then click on "OK".

Step 4. Go to the Audiobooks lists in your iTunes Library, and select the DRM-free M4B audiobooks you want to convert. Click on it, then click on "Advanced" menu. Select "Create MP3 Version". Then you can get the MP3 audiobooks.

Convert DRM-free M4B to MP3 Format Using iTunes


PS: If you still have any questions about the audiobook, including its format, usage, or the problems you confront with during the conversion, leave your comment below and let us know. We will keep this post fresh and continue to update more knowledge about audiobook, letting you know more about audiobook clearly in all-round.


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