4 Ways to Convert Audible AAX Audiobook to MP3

Peter William
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I can play .aax with their software on my PC, but I can't download it to my MP3 player, which only understands MP3. – From Video Help Forum

Obviously, the AAX files are protected by Audible’s Digital Rights Management (DRM), so the user from the Video Help forum is unable to download and convert AAX files to MP3. Otherwise, the converted MP3 files will be copied anywhere. But is there any legal method to convert AAX to MP3? Don’t worry, here shows you 4 ultimate ways.

Why Need Convert AAX to MP3?

AAX, a multimedia digital audiobook format developed by Audible, is now available from Audible.com, iTunes Store, and AudibleKids. Compare to AA format, it includes more features, like images and links.

AAX and AA that are downloaded from Audible or iTunes are protected by DRM. Only authorized PCs or portable players allow to playback Audible’s audiobooks.

Unlike AAX and AA, MP3 format is the most widely used audio format for the moment. It’s compatible with most audio players and audio processing software.

If you convert AA/AAX to MP3, you can share your purchased audiobooks with your families and friends. Meanwhile, you can also playback audiobooks on a variety of audio devices such as Android, iPhone, Walkman, tablet PC, etc.

How to Convert AAX Audiobook to MP3 with DRM Media Converter?

Aimersoft DRM Media Converter is a standout video and audio DRM removal and AAX, AA, M4V, WMV, MP4, etc. converter for Windows. With its comprehensive features, you can easily remove DRM from audiobooks and music in most popular formats.

Main Features of Aimersoft AAX to MP3 Converter:

  • Supports converting DRM-ed and non-DRM files in batch
  • The conversion speed is 6X faster
  • Provides output parameters like resolution, frame rate, etc.
  • Offers lots of video presets for portable media players

Step 1. Add AA/AAX files to the program

Click the Add button at the upper left corner to browse AA/AAX files on your Mac or Windows PC. Alternatively, drag and drop the AA/AAX files into the main window directly.

Add AA/AAX files to the program

Step 2. Select MP3 as output format

Click Settings button near by Audio files to, choose MP3 format and you can audio parameters, like sample rate, channel, encoder, and bit rate.

Select MP3 as output format

Step 3. Convert AA/AAX to MP3 Mac and PC

Back to the main interface and then click Start button at the bottom right corner. Your DRM protected AA/AAX files will be transferred to MP3 format.

More AA/ AAX to MP3 converter DRM Removal Tools

  • NoteBurner M4V Converter Plus (Windows & Mac)
  • Audials Tunebite 10 Platinum (Windows)
  • Sidify Apple Music Converter (Windows & Mac)
  • Epubor Audible Converter (Windows & Mac)

How to Convert Audible AAX Audiobook to Chaptered MP3 with inAudible?

inAudible is a simple and convenient AAX to MP3 converter. It has few introductions from the Internet. The software can split MP3 files by Audible chapters, set CBR bitrate, VBR quality and sample rate. inAudible has both Mac and Windows version, but the Windows one is more powerful.

  1. Install inAudible, then select the source AAX files that you want to convert from your PC. You are able to choose more than one file. Since inAudible will process them consecutively in batch mode.
  2. Select MP3 from Output Type. Set the target location and file name of the output file.Convert Audible AAX Audiobook to Chaptered MP3 with inAudible 02
  3. If you want to split your MP3 files, modify the contents on Preprocessing Options. Finally, Click the Begin Conversion button to convert AAX to chaptered MP3.Convert Audible AAX Audiobook to Chaptered MP3 with inAudible 03

Convert Audible AA/AAX to MP3 by Burning Audiobooks to CD via iTunes

Method three is burning Audible AA/AAX to a CD. This method is quite complex. You need create an audio CD in iTunes and then convert AA/AAX to MP3 with iTunes built-in encoder. Now let’s know how to convert Audible AA/AAX to MP3 by burning audiobooks to CD.

  1. Launch iTunes on your Mac or Windows device. Navigate to Account →Authorization → Authorize Audible account. In the new pop up window, fill your Audible information and finish the activation.Burning Audiobooks to CD via iTunes
  2. Click File → new → playlist to create a new playlist and add Audible books to it.
  3. Insert a blank CD and to iTunes. Next, select the audiobooks playlist that you would like to burn, click Burn Disc option.
  4. In this step, you should choose your CD burner and write speed, and hit on the Burn button to start the process.
  5. Reimport the burned audiobook CD to your iTunes library in MP3 format.

Two Helpful Audio Recorders for Converting AAX to MP3

That using a dedicated audio recorder to record DRM-protected AA/AAX audios and save them to hard drive or portable MP3 player is a good solution as well. In this case, you can listen to Audible AAX audiobooks in MP3 anywhere while offline.

Wondershare Streaming Audio Recorder (Windows and Mac)

This streaming audio recorder can record audio smoothly from 500+ popular radio stations and online music sites including Spotify, iTunes radio, BBC radio, YouTube, etc. It can also filter the ads in the audiobooks while recording and converting AAX to MP3. In addition, the software is capable of splitting and cutting the audios into small segments if necessary.

Wondershare Streaming Audio Recorder

GoldWave (Windows)

GoldWave, a market leader in voice recording software, provides you with the function to record, convert, edit, play, mix, and analyze audios. Besides, it offers some special effects, like fade, echo, reverse, noise reduction, time warp, equalizer, pop/click filter. When using the software to record and convert AAX to MP3, you need do it manually.


Extended Knowledge: Free Download Audiobooks from Audible

Although there are more than 180,000 books on Audible.com, most of them are a bit expensive. It will cost approximately $30 for a new release or the best seller. Then are there any free ways to download audiobooks from Audible? The answer is yes.

  1. Get a 30-days Audible Free Trial. The first option is to get an Audible free trial. You only need create a membership account, during which you are offered with the free first book, 200,000 available best sellers within 30 days.
  2. Download free Audible audiobooks with Amazon Prime. If you already got a Prime subscription, you are eligible for a three-month free trial on Audible.com. If not, please check out this guide: Should I get Amazon Prime?


Throughout the full text, we presented 4 ways to convert Audible aa. or .aax to MP3 format. Comparing these four methods, method one and method four are relatively simple; method two is more professional for Windows system; method three is free, but complicated. So every coin has two sites, so do the AA/AAX to MP3 converters. Note: if you need do other audio or video conversions, Cisdem Video Converter for Mac will meet all your demands.

Peter William
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