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.
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'.