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How to Remove Audible DRM (Windows & Mac)

By Catrina Jones

Updated on February 16, 2019

Audible is the largest audiobook reseller which belongs to Amazon. There are over 425,000 digital audiobooks on Audible that are available for paid listening. The problem is, the downloaded Audible audiobooks are in AA or AAX format, which is DRM-protected. Due to the DRM limitation, you can only open the Audible AA or AAX file on specific devices or players supported by Audible.


If you prefer playing your Audible audiobooks on VLC or in your car radio system, the most practical way is to remove DRM from Audible audiobook and convert Audible files to MP3.


Heads Up: Don't miss the following tutorial if you really need a good and easy Audible DRM Removal to crack Audible DRM. TuneFab Audible Audiobook Converter won't disappoint you.


CONTENTS


Part 1. About Audible File Format and AudibleReady Devices

Audible Format: AAX, AA

The Audible audiobook you downloaded from your computer are in two formats: .aa and .aax. The Format 4 AA file is decrypted MP3 file while the AAX file is AAC/M4B file. You can find out more differences between these two formats before you decide which one to choose for saving your downloaded Audible audiobooks.


Notes: You can select the audio quality on PC: Log into Audible.com > Go to "Library" > Select "Enhanced" or "Format 4" from the "Audio Quality" section.


Audible Audio   Formats

Format 4

Enhanced

Sound Quality

MP3

CD

File size for 1 hour of audio

14.4 MB

28.8 MB

Download time per hour of audio on 56k modem

35 minutes

1 hour and 9   minutes

Download time per hour of audio on broadband

1 minute and 19 seconds

2 minutes and 37 seconds

Bit Rate

32 kbs

64 kbs

Sample Rate

22.050 kHz

22.050 kHZ

File Formats

.aa

.aax


AudibleReady Devices

Once you purchased the audiobooks from Audible, you can download or transfer the audiobooks to AudibleReady devices for listening such as iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Android phone, Android tablet, Windows Phone, Kindle Fire tablet, Kindle Oasis (9th/8th Gen), Kindle (8th/10th Gen), SanDisk MP3 player, Creative MP3 player, Mac & Windows computer, etc. But if you want to open AAX file on VLC or on a device which is not included in the list of the AudibleReady devices, you might need to remove DRM from Audible audiobooks first.


Part 2. What You'll Need to Remove Audible DRM

Windows or Mac computer

Windows 10/8.1/8/7 (32 & 64bits), macOS 10.9, 10.10, 10.11, 10.12, 10.13 and 10.14


iTunes

Tunes 12.2 or later installed (Latest version of iTunes is recommended)


Audible AA or Audible AAX audiobooks

Download and import your Audible audiobooks into iTunes library


TuneFab Audible Audiobook Converter

TuneFab Audible Audiobook Converter is an all-in-one program that is capable of Audible DRM removal, Apple Music DRM removal, iTunes DRM removal and more. It can convert almost any playable audio file in iTunes to DRM-free MP3, M4A, FLAC, AAC, AC3, AIFF, etc.


The most advanced feature of this Audible ripper is that, it can convert Audible AA or AAX audiobooks to other formats with 16X faster speed. That said, you can convert hours-long audiobook to MP3 within minutes (only works for Windows version of TuneFab Audible Audiobook Converter). All audiobook chapters will be preserved in the converted M4A file (if you want to keep audiobook chapter, select M4A as output format).


To make sure that you can enjoy the best quality of your audiobook, it offers the option for you to adjust audio output settings, you can select the bitrate, sample rate, channel, quality, etc. as you like.


Part 3. How to Remove DRM from Audible Audiobooks

Step 1. Launch Audible Audiobook DRM Removal

Download and run Audible audiobook DRM removal tool on the computer. You can click at the download button to get the software.

Step 2. Import Audible AA or AAX to iTunes

TuneFab Audible File Converter only converts the files playable in iTunes. So you need to download or import your Audible audiobooks you wish to remove DRM from in to iTunes library.


You can follow this guide on how to connect your Audible account to iTunes and authorize your Audible account to play the audiobooks through iTunes.


Step 3. Add Audible Audiobooks to Conversion List

If you have already launched TuneFab Audible Audiobook Converter, please click at "Refresh" button on the main interface to update the iTunes library. It can automatically detect the Audible audiobooks in your iTunes library.


On the main screen of the program, go to "Audiobooks" and you select the Audible audiobook you want to convert to other formats one by one by selecting the checkbox. This software can decrypt multiple audiobooks at a time, so you can select as much audiobooks as you like.

Select Audible Audiobooks


Step 4. Select Output Format and Conversion Speed

Go to "Output" > "Output Format", then you will see multiple output format available including MP3, M4A, AC3, AAC, AIFF, FLAC, etc. If you would like to preserve audiobook chapters, please select "M4A" as output format.


To help you convert Audible AAX or AA audiobook in a more efficient way, Windows user can set the conversion speed as 16X faster in the "Options" tab. As for Mac user, TuneFab Apple Music Converter is limited to convert Audible audiobooks at 1X speed under MacOS High Sierra or later.

Choose Output Format


Step 5. Remove Audible DRM in One-Click

When you finished all the settings, you can click at "Convert" button to decrypt Audible and convert AAX/AA to MP3. The audiobook decryption will be finished in a short time, so wait for a while, you can get the Audible audiobooks in DRM-free MP3 or M4A format.

Remove Audible DRM

Heads Up: The freetiral version of TuneFab Audiobook Converter allows you to convert 3 minutes of each file. If you want to convert the complete Audible audiobook, please go for the full version.


Part 4. Audible Loophole: DRM Loophole Found for Audible Audiobook?

When I was preparing for this article, I happened to find a post written by Hat Hoffelder. While looking through the post and the comments, I noticed quite a few users agreed that Audible has a DRM loophole for Linux systems.


Most of the users had the same experience of successfully downloading .aa files without DRM from Audible on a Linux system, proved by the fact that VLC plays the .aa files without conversion.  But for the Windows and macOS user, they can only get the DRM-ed AA or AAX file.


Or maybe there are more possibilities. Here are the conclusions from another post:


"VLC on GNU/Linux (but not on Windows) has an unadvertised DRM-stripping feature Audible have stopped using DRM

Audible's DRM somehow depends on a Windows operating-system hook, and the actual files are just MP3s in a wrapper which says to the OS "don't open this"

or Audible are making some but not all files available DRM-free, without telling anyone which those are."

I don't have Linux so I can't test it. If you use Linux, you can give it a go and see what happens. I would be interested to know what your experience is.


Final Word

So if you are a Windows or macOS user who wants to rip Audible to MP3 in an easy way, I highly recommend that you try TuneFab Audible Audiobook Converter. It requires no complicate setup or operation, just several clicks then you can get a high quality, more compatible, and DRM-free version of your Audible file. It's quite a great tool to back up your Audible audiobook as well.

DRM-Stripping Features of TuneFab Audiobook Converter:

Remove DRM from AAX, AA and M4B Audiobook.

Convert Audible audiobook and iTunes audiobook to MP3, M4A, FLAC, etc.

16X faster conversion on Windows.

This tool is for personal use only.


Video Tutorial on Removing Audible DRM


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