Easy Guide on Converting iTunes M4B Audiobooks to MP3

"I have downloaded many M4B audiobooks, they play perfectly on my Mac. I'd like to know if it is possible to convert M4B audiobooks to MP3 to play on Android phone or in my car. " - Asked by one user from Reddit.

As a special format for iTunes audiobooks, M4B has become more and more popular. However, there are still a big amount of devices don't support it yet. To play iTunes audiobooks on any MP3 player, you should learn more about M4B format as well as the best solutions to convert iTunes M4B to MP3 in details. Here we go.

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Part 1. Why Do You Need to Convert M4B to MP3

M4B is a similar format like M4A, 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 such as iPod, iPhone, iPad, they will be detected as audiobooks directly. You can easily pick up where you left off when you continue to listen next time or simply jump to the chapter you like without starting from the beginning all the time.

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 portable MP3 players. There are DRM-free audiobooks as well as DRM protected audiobooks in the world and you can use either free or commercial software to convert them.

Part 2. Top 3 Free Ways to Convert Unprotected M4B to MP3

If your audiobooks are DRM free, many tools such as the VLC media player, iTunes and the online converters can help. Here we will introduce the top 3 totally free ways to convert M4B files.

1. Convert M4B to MP3 Online

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, AAC, M4A, MP4, OGG, FLAC and so on. You never need to download anything to your computer, 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.

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2. Convert M4B Audiobooks with VLC Player

VLC is a well-known cross-platform media player, it supports to run on Windows, Mac, Linux computers and play all kinds of digital media files without the need of installing 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 a name of the new output file.

Step 6. Click 'Start' button to encode M4B audiobooks to MP3.

3. 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. In addition, if your audio files such as the iTunes M4A music or M4B audiobooks which are DRM free, iTunes will be able to convert them to MP3. But it won't keep the chapters.

Step 1. Open iTunes and then click 'Add Files to Library' to import M4B audiobooks to the iTunes library.

Step 2. Go to the 'Preferences' of iTunes.

Step 3. Under the 'General' tab, click 'Import Settings' and 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 3. Convert DRM-Protected M4B Audiobook on Mac/PC

If you have the iTunes DRM protected audiobooks, the free M4B converter will be powerless. In this case, you need a copyright remover. DRmare DRM Audio Converter for Mac/Windows is one of the best M4B converters which can convert iTunes audiobooks, Audible books and Apple Music. Compared to the free audio converter. It has premium features to remove DRM, split files, higher output quality and fast converting speed. Even if you don't need to convert DRM protected files, it perform much better to convert unprotected audiobooks so that to save time for you.

DRmare iTunes DRM Audio Converter

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  • Remove DRM and convert M4B audiobooks to MP3, M4A, AAC, FLAC, WAV
  • Split audiobooks by chapters for listening on any players or devices
  • Lossless output quality and up to 30X faster batch converting speed
  • Lifetime free update and technical support

Users who are interested in the software can download and try it out for free. Now let me show you how does it work step by step.

Step 1Import iTunes M4B audiobooks
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You can drag and drop to import your audiobooks directly or you can click the two 'Add Files' buttons to load multiple files from computer folder or iTunes library. For the DRM protected audiobooks, please make sure they are authorized to play on iTunes first.
Step 2Set output format as MP3
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You can directly click the 'Profile' icon to select the output format, I'd suggest you convert M4B to MP3 if you want to play audiobooks on portable players. Besides, you can customize the playback options such as speed, volume, pitch and edit the tag info.
Step 3Batch convert DRM-ed M4B to MP3
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After checking everything are set as you expected, you can press 'Convert', Audio Converter will batch convert your files promptly with multiple parallel threads. When the converting completes, you will get all DRM free files you want.

Video Guide: Convert iTunes Audiobooks to MP3 with DRmare Audio Converter

If you are still not clear about how to use DRmare Audio Converter to convert your iTunes M4B audiobooks to MP3, then you should follow this video tutorial to learn how to get it done on macOS.

March 9, 2018 9:23 am

Posted by Thomas Carman to Convert DRM Audiobooks

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