How to Transfer Audible Books to iTunes [Popular Tips]

Updated by Adam Gorden on Feb 7, 2021 3:05 PM.
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"My friends sent some audiobook CDs to me as birthday gifts last week. Since I don't have a CD player, I wonder if it is possible to add these audiobooks to iTunes so that I can sync to iBook on my iPhone for playback. I am not so tech-savvy. Please help. "

It is not difficult to add media files to iTunes. But there are some details you need to put attention to when importing audiobooks especially Audible audiobooks, else they may not show up correctly or play well. Here I will show you the full tutorials about how to add audiobook to iTunes and transfer Audible books to iTunes.

Part 1. How to download Audible books to iTunes
     On Windows
     On Mac
     By converting to MP3
Part 2. How to add audiobooks to iTunes
Summary

How to download Audible books to iTunes

In this part you will learn how to import Audible audiobooks to iTunes on Windows, Mac, and with a special method.

How to transfer Audible books to iTunes on Windows

If you'd like to transfer Audible books to your iPhone or other iOS devices, you need to put them on iTunes from your computer first. Here I will show you how to finish it with a Windows computer. There are two methods. One is for Windows 10 and the other one is for other Windows computers.

How to download Audible books to iTunes on Windows 10

The Audible for Windows 10 app empowers you to import Audible to iTunes directly by turning on a feature of the Audible app.

Step 1. Plug an iOS device into the USB port of the computer.

Step 2. A prompt will pop up. Just click OK.

Step 3. Another window will pop up to ask you about the Audible Plugin. If you have installed the Audible Plugin, Click OK again. If you do not have that plugin, click the Install Now button. Audible will launch your browser and download this plugin automatically.

Step 4. When it is installed, toggle on the Automatically import Downloaded Titles into iTunes button on the Settings menu.

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If you want to add individual titles to iTunes, just go to the Library section, click the button next to a title that has 3 dots, and choose the Import to iTunes button.

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How to transfer Audible books to iTunes on other Windows computers

Step 1. Launch iTunes. Click File > Add File to Library, it will open up a window for you to browse your audiobooks.

Step 2. Navigate the folders to locate and highlight your audiobooks. Your Audible audiobooks may be saved in different places on your computer based on the version of Windows.

For Windows XP, go to C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\Audible\Downloads

For Windows 7/8/Vista, go to C:\Users\Public\Documents\Audible\Downloads

Step 3. Highlight the Audible audiobooks you are going to add to iTunes. Click the Open button.

Now you can listen to the audiobooks on iTunes or sync them to your iOS devices. You can find them on iTunes by clicking the Book button and the My audiobooks button.

How to download Audible books to iTunes on Mac

It is much easier to add Audible books to iTunes on Mac. Just follow this guide. Find the Library page of your Audible. Click the Download button next to the audiobook. When it is done, it will be added to iTunes automatically.

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Add Audible books to iTunes after converting to MP3

The methods above need your account and passcode of Audible. Normally, you can authorize Audible to up to 10 iOS/Android/Windows mobile devices and up to 5 Windows/Mac computers. But if you don't have the Audible account or password anymore or your audiobooks are received from your friends, you won't be able to authorize them by yourself. In this case, you'd better convert Audible books to MP3 or other unprotected formats. And after the conversion, you can upload your Audible audiobooks to any devices or apps and listen to them at any time.

TunesKit Audible Converter for Windows/Mac is one of the handiest audiobook converters in the market. It is designed to rip Audible AA/AAX files in a unique way, just throw any audiobooks into the software main screen and click Convert, TunesKit will do the remaining job for you. This means you don't have to have the original Audible account to do the conversion. That is awesome, isn't it? As I know, none of the other software has this great feature so far. Besides, it supports multiple output formats including M4A, M4B, WAV, MP3, FLAC, AAC, and so on.

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Now please download the software and follow the steps to convert your Audible books.

1Add AA/AAX audio files

Load audible audiobooks

You can click the Add Files button to add the files or drag and drop the Audible audiobooks into the conversion interface.

2Change output format for iTunes

set output format for iTunes

When the AA/AAX files are loaded into TunesKit conversion window, you can simply click the Edit icon to choose the output format and set other parameters, like codec, channel, sample rate, bit rate, etc. You can choose MP3 to be compatible with more devices or M4A/M4B to keep the audiobook chapters or FLAC to keep original quality.

3Convert Audible Audiobooks

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Next, you can tap the Convert button to start converting your Audible audiobooks in batch. With the direct decryption technology, the converting speed could reach up to 100X faster. So even if you have a couple of books, they will be completed converting within a few minutes.

After converting Audible audiobooks to MP3, it will be a breeze to import and play the Audible audiobooks to iTunes like other MP3 files. You need to follow the method to upload common audiobooks, which is shown in the next part.

How to add audiobooks to iTunes

To import common audiobooks to iTunes, you can follow the guide below.

Step 1. Launch iTunes. Click File > Add File to Library. It will open up a window for you to browse your audiobooks.

Step 2. Navigate the folders to locate and highlight your audiobooks. Then click the Open button to import all of your files. When they are imported, you should find them under the audiobook section of iTunes.

Step 3. In case the files don't show up correctly, you can right-click on the audiobooks and then choose the Get info button to open the info page. Next, you can go to the Options column and make sure the Media Kind is changed to Audiobook.

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Summary

Now you know how to transfer Audible books to iTunes and how to add audiobooks to iTunes when your audiobook is in iTunes-compatible format. And then you can listen to the audiobooks on iTunes and sync them to any Apple mobile devices such as iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch or iCloud. Do you still have any questions? Let's know your thoughts on the comment section below.

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