How to Play Audible Audiobooks in the Car

Posted by Adam Gorden on Jan. 09, 2018 5:36:28 PM.

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"Can I play Audible books in the car? What are the best way to do this? I have bought many Audible audiobooks but don't have time to enjoy them yet." - Asked by Lillian Campbell.

While you are driving on a long trip or commuting daily, you may feel boring. Listening to Audible audiobooks in your car will be a great way to kill time as well as acquiring knowledge. There are many different ways can help you get the job done. Some new car drivers may feel it complicate to setup the car entertainment to play audiobooks. If you are also confused on this, please just join us, we will discuss the top methods there.

Best Way to Play Audible with Android Auto/Apple CarPlay Directly

Nowadays, almost all cars are equipped with the car stereo, also known as car infotainment system, car DVD system, GPS navigation system. They are designed for users to have a more enjoyable driving experience.

Some latest select models of Ford, Lincoln, GM vehicles are already combined with the Audible app, you can turn on the Audible app to play the downloaded audiobooks. For some cars, even if they don't come with Audible, you can easily stream the Audible files from your phone to the car. I will take the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay sound system to show how do they work.

Android Auto

If your car stereo is built in with the Android Auto, you can follow these steps to listen to Audible books:

1. Open the Audible program on your Android mobile device. Please make sure you have the Android 5.1 Lollipop system or above.

2. Connect it to the Android Auto-compatible car infotainment system via USB cable.

3. Then the Audible audiobook which is playing on the phone will switch to play on your car stereo automatically. If you haven't play it on your phone yet, just tab the book to play it.

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Apple CarPlay

1. Launch Audible on your iPhone 5 or above.

2. Insert your iPhone into the USB interface of your car. Usually there is a CarPlay or smartphone icon labeled near the port.

3. Then go to the CarPlay home screen and tap right to see the Audible app.

4. Tap Audible >'My Library' on the Audible app and select a title to play in your car, the audiobook will be streamed to the car.

More Ways to Listen to Audible Audiobooks in the Car

If your car stereo is different from Android Auto or Apple CarPlay system, you may not use the same method mentioned above. Depending on different features of your car sound system, you can try the following ways.

USB Drive

If your car stereo supports to exchange data from USB, you can put your audiobooks files to a USB and transfer them to your car stereo. After that, you can use your music player to play the files from the USB. However, since the Audible AA or AAX file is DRM protected, you have to remove DRM from the Audible file first by TunesKit Audible AA/AAX Converter/Mac and you'd better transform them to another more popular format such as MP3, WMA, AAC, M4A, M4B etc. to make them more wildly supported. You can download the free trial version and refer to the following tutorial: How to Remove DRM from Audible Audiobooks.

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Auxiliary Cable

For a car music system which supports auxiliary input, you can connect your mobile phone with an auxiliary cable directly, then the audio which is playing on the phone will be streamed to the car instantly. Normally a phone doesn't come with such a cable, so please buy one from a local or online store.

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To connect through Bluetooth, it requires both your phone and car stereo support the same Bluetooth protocol. You can turn on the Bluetooth and follow the screen instruction on your phone and car display. To learn the full tutorial, you can visit: How to Play Audible Audiobooks through Bluetooth.

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FM Transmitter

As long as your car support to receive radio singles, you can try to transmit your Audible audiobooks from your phone to the car with an FM transmitter. Just connect the FM transmitter and then setup a channel which is not used by the local radio stations, next turn your car stereo to the same channel. You car stereo will receive and transform the singles back to audio content.

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Burning CDs

Though CDs are not as popular as before, many cars are still able to play CDs or DVDs. You can burn your Audible audiobooks to physical CDs first and then plugin the CDs to your car stereo to get started to play them. For your convenience, you can follow this instruction: How to Burn Audiobooks to CDs.

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