How to Convert iTunes M4B Audiobooks to MP3

Posted by Adam Gorden on March 13, 2015 10:14:00 AM.

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Q: I downloaded some audiobooks from iTunes Store and want to play them with the MP3 player in my car. But all the iTunes audiobooks are saved in .m4b format which is not supported by my MP3 player. So, any workable solution on converting the M4B audiobook files to MP3?

Before we get into the solution for a M4B to MP3 converter, let's firstly take a look at the M4B file itself.

What is M4B & Why We Need to Convert M4B to MP3

M4B is a file extension for audiobooks based on the MPEG-4 Part 14 standard. Unlike M4A, another common audiobook format, the M4B audiobooks support chapter markers which make it easy for listeners to jump to the begin of any chapter while playing. Currently, most M4B audiobooks are sold from the online digital content stores, such as iTunes. However, since iTunes audiobooks are protected by Apple's FairPlay DRM, we can only play those M4B files on authorized computers and Apple devices. So if you want to play iTunes M4B audiobooks on common MP3 players, you'll have to remove DRM from the M4B files and convert the M4B to MP3 format.

Introduction of TunesKit M4B to MP3 Audiobook Converter

In order to convert iTunes M4B to MP3, you'll need a third-party M4B to MP3 audiobook converter to help you. Here we are introducing TunesKit DRM M4B to MP3 Audiobook Converter for you. It's an all-in-one audiobook DRM removal solution specially designed to get rid of DRM protection from iTunes M4B files while converting the M4B audiobook to DRM-free MP3 format so that you can play the iTunes audiobooks on any media player without limitation. Besides, this smart M4B to MP3 audiobook converter can also convert M4B to MP3 at 30x faster speed with ID3 tags and chapter info preserved.

Further more, except for converting iTunes M4B audiobooks, TunesKit DRM Audiobook Converter is also developed to support M4A, AA, AAX audiobooks while converting them to unprotected MP3 as well as AAC, M4A, WAV and FLAC.

Now you may download the proper version of TunesKit M4B to MP3 Converter and then follow the tutorial below to begin convert iTunes M4B files to MP3.

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How to Convert DRM iTunes M4B to MP3 with TunesKit

Note: We will take TunesKit Audiobook Converter for Mac as an example to show you the tutorial on converting M4B to MP3. The Windows version just works the same for M4B to MP3 conversion.

1Add iTunes M4B Audiobooks to TunesKit DRM Audiobook Converter

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Click Add Files button to locate the iTunes library which contains the DRM M4B audio books so as to select the files you want to convert to MP3 and click Add.

2Select Output Format as MP3

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When the DRM M4B audiobooks are added to TunesKit, you can choose the output format as MP3 by clicking the "gear" icon behind the audiobooks' name. Besides, you can also set the output format in advance via the Preferences of TunesKit DRM Audiobook Converter.

3Convert DRM M4B to MP3

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When all the settings are adjusted, you can begin to convert the DRM-protected iTunes M4B audio books to common MP3 by clicking the Convert button.

Once the M4B to MP3 conversion finished, you can find the converted MP3 audiobooks and freely import them into any media players, such as iPod, PSP, Zune, Creative Zen, Sony Walkman, etc. for playback at anytime you want.

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More Tips: Convert M4B Audiobook to MP3 with iTunes

Although most of the M4B audiobooks from iTunes Store are protected by DRM restriction, there are still some M4B audiobooks on the Internet are DRM-free. For those non-DRM M4B audiobooks, you can use iTunes to directly change the M4B to MP3 with the following steps:

1. Open iTunes and add the M4B audiobook files into iTunes library.

2. Click Edit > Preferences to open the Preferences window. Under General, click Importing Settings and choose MP3 Encoder.

3. Locate the M4B files you'd like to convert to MP3, click Advanced and choose Create MP3 Version to make a copy of the M4B audiobook files in MP3 format.


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