"How to convert M4B to MP3 from iTunes? I want to listen to them outsides my Mac computer. I would like to enjoy them on Android phone or other devices. Is there any available way to fix it? Thanks for any help."
M4B, as a special format for iTunes audiobooks, has become more and more popular. Yet, there are still a big amount of devices that don't support it. To listen to iTunes M4B audiobooks anywhere, you need to learn more about M4B format first. Also, you need to know how to convert M4B file to MP3 in detail. Now, let's follow the tutorial below and learn more.
Part 1. Why Do You Need to Convert M4B to MP3
Before learning why you need to convert M4B to MP3, you should know what is M4B. Here you can check the detail about it below.
What Is M4B
M4B is a similar format like M4A. They both are based on the MPEG-4 Part 14 standard and encoded with the AAC. Unlike M4A or MP3, M4B supports the metadata for chapters or bookmarking. When you import M4B files to iTunes or Apple devices, they will be detected as audiobooks. You can easily pick up where you left off when you continue to listen next time. Or you can jump to the chapter you like without starting from the beginning all the time.
Why You Need to Convert M4B to MP3
But if you don't have an Apple device or you rarely want to listen on computers at home, M4B format maybe not a good format for you. Converting M4B to a more universal format will help you enjoy audiobooks on any device. You can convert M4B to MP3 or other formats you want. There are DRM-free audiobooks as well as DRM-protected audiobooks in the world. You can use either free or commercial software to convert them. In the following sections, we will show you how to convert M4B to MP3 free/online on Mac and Windows.
Part 2. How to Convert DRM-Protected M4B to MP3 on Mac/PC
If you have the iTunes-protected audiobooks, you need a copyright remover. DRmare DRM Audio Converter is one of the best M4B to MP3 converters. It can convert iTunes audiobooks, Audible books and Apple Music. Also, it performs much better to converting unprotected audiobooks.
This tool can remove DRM, split files, output higher quality and convert at a fast speed. And it is easy to use and it can convert audio files at a fast rate. So, you don't need to take much time to do the conversion job.
DRmare iTunes DRM Audio Converter
How to Convert iTunes M4B to MP3 via DRmare Audio Converter
To convert M4B to MP3 by DRmare Audio Converter, first, you need to download and install it on your computer. After that, now check how to convert M4B to MP3 Mac/Windows 10 below.
- Step 1Import iTunes M4B audiobooks into DRmare
- Open the installed DRmare Audiobook Converter from your computer. You can click the two 'Add Files' buttons to load multiple files from computer folder or iTunes library. For the iTunes DRM protected audiobooks, please make sure they are authorized to play on iTunes first.
- Step 2Set output format for iTunes M4B to MP3
- You can click the 'audio format' icon to select the output format. Here we'd suggest you convert M4B to MP3 if you want to play audiobooks on portable players. You can also adjust the codec, bit rate and more as you want. Besides, you can customize the playback options such as speed, volume, and pitch.
- Step 3Batch convert DRM-ed M4B to MP3
- After checking everything are set as you expected, you can press 'Convert' button. Then DRmare Audio Converter will batch convert M4B file to MP3 for you. When the converting completes, you will get all iTunes DRM-free audiobooks you want.
Video Guide: Convert iTunes M4B to MP3 with DRmare Audio Converter
Still not clear about how to use DRmare Audio Converter to convert iTunes M4B audiobooks to MP3? If so, you should follow this video tutorial to learn how to convert M4B to MP3 Mac.
Part 3. How to Convert M4B to MP3 Free
Besides using DRmare Audio Converter, here are some tools to help convert M4B to MP3 free. You can use the VLC Media Player, iTunes and so on to do that. Here we will guide you on how to use free M4B to MP3 converter to convert M4B files to MP3.
1. Convert M4B to MP3 by VLC Player
VLC is a well-known cross-platform media player. It supports to run on Windows, Mac, Linux computers. And it can play all kinds of digital media files without the need of installing a third-party codec. But you may not know that it is also a great free media converter. For M4B audiobooks, you just need to follow the 4 steps to convert them. It supports batch converting. The drawback is that after converting the chapters of audiobooks can't be kept.
Step 1. Launch VLC, you will see the main screen of VLC media player.
Step 2. Choose 'Convert/Save' menu under the top 'Media' menu, you will see the 'Convert' window.
Step 3. In the opened window, click 'Add' button. And then browse the M4B audiobooks from your computer.
Step 4. Press 'Convert/Save' to go to the next step.
Step 5. You can select the output profile as 'Audio-MP3' and type the name of the new output file.
Step 6. Click 'Start' button to encode M4B to MP3.
2. Convert M4B to MP3 with iTunes
iTunes is one of the biggest media Store as well as the media manager. You can import all kinds of files such as music, audiobooks, video to iTunes library. Besides, if your audio files are DRM free, iTunes will be able to convert them to MP3. But it won't keep the chapters.
Step 1. Open iTunes. Then click 'Add Files to Library' to import M4B audiobooks to iTunes library.
Step 2. Go to the 'Preferences' of iTunes.
Step 3. Under the 'General' tab, click 'Import Settings'. And then choose the 'Import Using' option as 'MP3 Encoder'.
Step 4. Return to iTunes library, find and right-click on your M4B book. Then click 'Advanced' menu and select 'Create MP3 Version'.
Part 4. How to Convert Unprotected M4B to MP3 Online
In the last part, we will introduce the way how to convert M4B to MP3 online for you. Please check the guide below and learn how to do that.
The best online video converter recommended is Zamzar. It supports to import multiple input and output audio and video formats. For audiobooks, you can convert M4B to MP3, AC3, and so on. You never need to download anything to your computer. You just go to the Zamzar and get started to do it. The shortcoming is that it only supports to convert 1 file at a time and the size of the file is limited.
Step 1. You can select the URL, browse the file or drag and drop the audiobook. It may take some time for the file to upload.
Step 2. Select the output file format as MP3.
Step 3. Type in your Email address to receive the converted file.
Step 4. Click 'Convert' to start transcoding the file from the server.
Part 5. The Verdict
Now, you had learned the top 4 ways to convert M4B to MP3. You can choose one of the ways you like. But we would like to mention that the DRmare Audio Converter is the best option for you. It can convert protected iTunes M4B to MP3. It can also convert common M4B file to MP3. Besides, it can convert Audible AA/AAX to MP3 and so on. Then you can listen to any audiobook you want offline.