Perhaps you had already started to listen to Amazon Audible audiobooks long time ago, but you may have not paid a lot of attention to the format of Audible files as usually the Audible audiobooks are played through Audible Manager or iTunes only, you rarely have the chance to see the downloaded Audible files. As an Audible enthusiast or audio book new user, it is really important to learn the format of Audible files if you want to get the most out of audiobooks in your devices and players. In this article, you will learn the top 3 things about the Audible files like Audible file format, Audible player and how to play Audible audiobooks on more devices.
What Are the Formats of Audible Files
In general, there are 2 formats of Audible audiobooks with the extension of AA or AAX. AA is the standard Audible audio format and it is divided into three subsidiary formats (2, 3, 4) according to different audio quality. AAX is a new enhanced format which has best audio quality like CD. If you want to get a best audio quality in your downloaded Audible files, it is recommended to change the format to AAX before you download. Though AAX has a best quality , it is largest in size which takes up bigger space and longer time to download. For the customers who have low internet speed, it is better to choose AA format. The common thing for both formats is that they are all DRM protected, you need to authorize the file to your device before you can play it.
How to Play Amazon Audible Audiobooks
Currently Audible files support a lot of devices including Windows PC and Mac computer and mobile devices like phones, tablets, MP3 Player etc. But you need to follow the specific Audible official instruction to use the right Audible App and player.
1. For Mac computer, you can use iTunes to download and play the audio books you purchased directly.
2. For Windows PC, you can use the Audible Download Manager to download the audio books first, then you can play them on Windows Media Player, Audible Manager or iTunes.
3. For mobile devices like phones and tablets, normally you can install the Android or IOS Audible Manager first, then you will be able to download and play Audible books with it.
4. For MP3 players, you can refer to instruction 2 above to download Audible files to your windows PC first, then you can use the Audible Manager to transfer Audible book to your MP3 player.
Though it seems Audible books can be played on lots of devices, however, due to the limitation of DRM protection, you can only play them only 4 computers and 3 mobile devices at most. What is more, every time you are requested to download the audio books and input your Audible user name and the Audible password to authorize the device. Last but not least, you need to download Audible App or iTunes all the time for your new devices which is a waste of time. It is really depressed because sometimes we do need to play on more devices without the restrictions.
What Can You Do if You Want to Play Audible Files on More Players
Good news that this problem is solved today with the powerful TunesKit Audible Converter which integrates the feature to remove Amazon Audible DRM Protection and keep 100% quality. Just download the trial version to have a try and you will understand how well it performs. Almost all the tasks are done automatically in a fastest speed. There are two versions, TunesKit Audible Converter for Windows and TunesKit Audible Converter for Mac. I will take the Windows version for example to show you how to convert Audible files. Please make sure you have already downloaded the Audible AA or AAX files with Audible Download Manager to your computer first. Usually after downloading by the Audible Download Manager, you will get Audible files from this folder "C:\Users\Public\Documents\Audible\Downloads" in your Windows computer.
Step 1Load your Audible audiobooks
You can drag the AA or AAX files to the software easily, you don’t even need to input the Audible user name and password , TunesKit can handle that directly.
Step 2Choose the right format you want
Generally, you can choose MP3 which is a most popular audio format. But it is OK if you want other format like WAV etc.
Step 3Start converting and wait for it to complete
When it finished, you can transfer the converted files anywhere without any limitations and you will be able to play them on most players easily. You no longer need iTunes or Audio Manager all the time.