Can I listen to Audible books on my iPod Shuffle? I have purchased and downloaded two different audiobooks encoded in the standard 'Format 4' from Audible.com for listening to audiobooks on iPod Shuffle. To my surprise, two Audible books both failed to play and I received an error message saying the files are incompatible. What have I missed? Is it possible to get Audible files on iPod for playback?
You might meet the same situation when putting Audible audiobooks on iPod. In this article, I will expound the key reason why audio books can't work on iPod and show you the effective ways making audio books available for all iPod media players.
When talking about the iPod, we don't refer to a single device but for a line of portable media players, including iPod Classic, Mini, Nano, Shuffle as well as Touch. Apart from being external data storage devices, the iPod also can be considered as one of the most popular digital music players. The iPod has the ability of playing a wide variety of audio files, like podcasts, music and audiobooks.
From the question above mentioned, we all know that iPod devices can play audiobooks from Audible.com. However, why sometimes users can't sync books to iPod successfully? It could be caused by that most of us have forgotten the key point that different iPod models and generations are compatible with different Audible book formats. As a result, before transferring audiobooks from Audible to iPod, we need to have a full knowledge of the right format for each of iPod model and generation.
If you own an iPod Touch on hands, you will have no problem in downloading Audible audio files to this device, because you can play all kinds of Audible book formats, also including AA and AAX files on iPod Touch, even without using iTunes. As for iPod Shuffle and Nano, generally speaking, the Shuffle can handle Audible format 2 and 3 if file size allows while Audible format 2, 3 and 4 can work well on the Nano. Please make sure that you have downloaded the right format from Audible for the specific iPod device.
Just like other iOS devices, you are allowed to download Audible app on iPod Touch directly. Put it another, in order to play audiobooks from Audible.com, you just need to install the official Audible app into iPod Touch from the Apple App Store. Once installed successfully, you are able to download Audible books to Touch directly. – Open Audible app and sing in your personal Audible account and password. And then enter into to Library Page to stream favorite audiobooks to iPod Touch.
There is no way for you to download and install Audible app on both iPod Shuffle and Nano. But we can use the iTunes software to help me sync Audible audiobooks to iPod for listening. Besides, there is an audio file size limit in most iPod models. Before getting them to iPod, you'd better to download any Audible audiobook longer than 20+ hours in multiple parts. Transferring process is a little complicated, so I will show the detailed steps for you as below.
1. If you are using a Mac, you will found out all Audible files are saved in iTunes library. But if you are running a Windows operating system, you should import audiobooks to iTunes firstly by using Audible Download Manager or iTunes itself.
2. You can go to the 'Audiobooks' section to create an Audible playlist by selecting 'Add to Playlists' -> 'New Playlist' option. Please add all favorite Audible files to this new playlist.
3. Please connect your iPod device with your computer including downloaded Audible audiobooks via USB cable.
4. Launch iTunes store and click File -> Devices icon to select your iPod. Now, you can click 'Sync' button to choose the new playlist you created before. And then please touch 'Sync' button again. All Audible books will be streamed to iPod automatically.
Obviously, you are able to transfer Audible audiobooks to iPod by following the tutorial I listed above, especially for playing audio books on iPod Touch. We can't deny that there are still a lot of restrictions when importing them to iPod Nano and Shuffle, such as different iPod model and generation compatible with different formats, audio file size limit, etc. If you have an older iPod Classic, the above ways won’t work anymore.
So here I will introduce alternative solution for you to play Audible books on any iPod without any limitation, which is using the third-party Audible audiobook converter to convert AA/AAX audiobooks to plain MP3 files supported by iPod devices and split large audio book into small segments. Here, we highly recommend DRmare DRM Audio Converter that can meet all requirements. As a professional DRM removal software, it can convert DRM AA/AAX to MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV and M4A. And it comes with splitting feature and enables you to cut Audible audiobooks by chapters and time.
Step 1. Download and install DRmare DRM Audio Converter on your Mac or PC. DRmare Studio offers the free trial version for you to test its performance.
Step 2. You can import Audible audiobooks to DRmare software via the first 'Add Files' button or dragging&dropping action.
Step 3. Once all favorite audio books are uploaded well, you can click the 'Format' button to choosing MP3 as the output format for iPod. In this step, you can allow to split added books according to your needs.
Step 4. Now, you need to touch the 'Convert' icon at the bottom-right corner of the main interface to start the conversion process.
When the converting process finishes, you can locate converted Audible files on destination folder and put audio books on any iPod device you own freely. By the way, this smart software can work on Apple Music. If you would like to listen to Apple Music on iPod, you can refer to this useful source page: How to Put Apple Music on iPod.