Brief Introduction to AA/AAX Audiobooks on Audible.com
As the largest producer and seller of downloadable digital audiobooks in the world, Audible.com has already become the most popular online audiobook store for audiobook fans to purchase audiobook of any genre they like. However, in spite of the large amount, all of the audiobooks provided on Audible.com are encoded in .aa or .aax file format protected by Audible's Digital Rights Management (DRM), in which way the Audible .aa and .aax audiobooks can only be played on selected mobile devices. That's to say, customers are not allowed to play the DRM-locked .aa and .aax Audible files on non-Audible-approved devices even they've purchased the audiobooks legally from Audible.
Best Solution to Remove DRM from AA/AAX Audiobooks
You may have been wondering whether there's any effective way to get rid of the Audible DRM protection from its AA and AAX audiobooks by re-encoding them to other common audio formats, like MP3 so that you can enjoy the audiobooks on any media playing devices. Fortunately, the answer is yes. Currently the best solution to strip off DRM from AA/AAX audiobooks is to use a third-party audiobook DRM removal software which can easily bypass the DRM control of Audible AA and AAX audiobooks either with a sound recording or virtual CD burning method.
Here you meet one of the best DRM audiobook converter - TunesKit DRM Audiobook Converter for Mac, which is specially developed to get rid of DRM lock from Audible audiobooks as well as iTunes audiobooks while converting the DRM .aa, .aax audio books to MP3 and other formats, including WAV, AAC, M4A, FLAC, etc at 30X faster speed with the original ID3 tags and chapter info fully preserved in CD quality. If you are using Windows OS, you may then need TunesKit DRM Audiobook Converter for Windows.
Tutorial to Convert DRMed AA/AAX Audiobooks to Unprotected MP3
Now let's take the Mac Audiobook Converter as example to show you how to convert Audible AA/AAX to MP3. Firstly, you should get the free trial version of TunesKit DRM Audiobook Converter for Mac and follow the complete guide as below to begin converting the DRM-protected Audible AA/AAX audiobooks to unprotected MP3 step by step.
1Import AA/AAX Audiobooks to iTunes Library
Launch iTunes and go to My Audiobooks section. Then click iTunes menu bar File > Library > Import Playlist to import the Audible AA, AAX audiobook files to iTunes library.
2Load AA/AAX Audiobooks to TunesKit Audiobook Converter
Once the AA, AAX audiobooks are loaded successfully to the iTunes playlist, shut down iTunes and launch TunesKit DRM Audiobook Converter. Then click Add Files button to load the iTunes library which contains the DRM AA/AAX audio books that you've imported previously and select those you want to convert to MP3 and click Add.
3Select Output Format as MP3
When the DRM audiobooks added to TunesKit, you can choose the output format as MP3 or other formats by clicking the "gear" icon behind the audiobook name. Besides, you can also set the output format in advance via the Preferences of TunesKit DRM Audiobook Converter.
4Convert DRM AA/AAX to MP3
Now you can begin to convert the DRM-protected Audible AA or AAX audio books to common MP3 format by clicking the Convert button in TunesKit.
After the AA/AAX to MP3 conversion, you can find the converted MP3 audio books and freely import them into any media players, such as iPod, PSP, Zune, Creative Zen, Sony Walkman, etc. for playback.
You can also refer to the following video demo to learn how to easily convert DRM-protected Audible AA/AAX audiobooks to MP3 or other DRM-free audio formats with TunesKit DRM Audiobook Converter step by step.
More About Audible.com
Besides the digital audiobooks, Audible.com also sells other spoken audio entertainment, information, and educational programming including radio, TV programs, and audio versions of magazines and newspapers in totally 150,000 audio programs. In March 2008, Audible was bought by Amazon.com and became the subsidiary of Amazon. Although Amazon was expected to remove the DRM from Audible audiobook selection after the purchased of Audible in keeping with the current trend in the industry, Audible's audiobook products continue to have DRM, in keeping with Amazon's policy of DRM-protecting its Kindle e-books. Therefore, it's still have a long way to go when the DRM is totally removed from Audible's .aa and .aax audiobooks.
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