How to Play Audible Books on Apple HomePod

Posted by Adam Gorden on Feb 19, 2020 4:02 PM

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Q:"I have a large library on Audible. I realize Siri won't have any support for it. Is there any integration for Apple's audiobook store in the Books app?" – aarsam from HomePod Community on

The thing we are going to complaint about Apple HomePod, is that it can't even natively play an audiobook from Apple Books, not to mention audiobooks from Audible or other platforms. However, you can AirPlay them to HomePod, but unlike Apple Music and Podcast, Audible audiobook can't be stream on HomePod. You must download the audiobooks to your iDevice before you AirPlay them. Now, we will shed some light on how to AirPlay audiobook on HomePod in the next section.

Solution 1 Directly AirPlay Audible Books on HomePod
Solution 2 Play Audible on HomePod Using Siri Command

Solution 1 Directly AirPlay Audible Books on HomePod

Step 1. To play Audible books on HomePod, you need to download them to your iPhone, iPad, or Mac first. Please remember this is essential.

Step 2. Make sure your HomePod and iDevice are under the same Wi-Fi network.

Step 3. Launch the Audible app on your iPhone or iPad and choose the audiobook you want to play on HomePod.

Step 4. Tap the ‘AirPlay ‘ button at the top left, and then select ‘HomePod' among all devices. Or simply use 3D Touch (or long press if you've got an older iPhone or iPad) and press the AirPlay button.

Step 5. Now press the play button of the Audible book and you will be able to listen to your audiobook HomePod via AirPlay.

Solution 2 Play Audible on HomePod Using Siri Command

The key to this solution is to transfer your Audible books to your iTunes Library. Once you do that, you can use Siri Command to play your audiobooks in your iTunes library and also, you can use the voice control feature. You may know that, you can use iTunes as an meadia player to play Audible audiobooks if you connect your Audible account to iTunes. However, to play Audible on HomePod via iTunes Library, you need to upload your audiobook files to iTunes Library. Audible audiobooks are DRM protected, so, in order to make them playable on iTunes Library. You can use TunesKit Audible Converter to convert them to free format. Here's the details.

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TunesKit Audible Audiobook Converter Key Features

  • Losslessly remove DRM from Audible without account authorization
  • Convert Audible audiobooks to common formats at 100× faster speed
  • Freely customize lots of parameters of output audiobooks
  • Split audiobooks into small segments by time frame or by chapters
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Step 1 Add Audible Books to TunesKit

add audible aax files

Download TunesKit Audible Converter from the above link. There are both Windows and Mac version for you to choose. After the installation, launch it on your computer. Click the "Add Files" button at the left of the central top to choose Audible AA or AAX audiobooks you want to convert and add them to TunesKit. Or you could open the folder where your Audible audiobooks locate and directly drag and drop your Audible files to the converter. TunesKit Audible Converter allows you to import a batch of audiobook files for conversion.

Step 2 Choose Output Format

change output settings

After all Audible audiobooks you want to save are added to the converter, you can begin to choose the output settings for your audiobooks. First of all, you should click the button "Format" at the left corner of the software and choose MP3A as the output format. The default output format is lossless which will generate a DRM-free audiobook file without touching the original audio tracks at all. Except for the format, you also can customize the audio codec, channel, sample rate, and bit rate if needed.

Step 3 Convert Audible to Common Format

add audible aax files

Now, click the button "Convert" to start getting rid of protection on Audible AA or AAX audiobooks and converting the format to MP3 or other common format as you want. ThunesKit can convert at up to 100X faster speed at most. When it done with its job, you will get a red reminder and you can click the button "Converted" to look through all converted audiobooks.

Step 4 Transfer Audible Books to iTunes Library

transfer audiobook to itunes library

Launch iTunes and click on "Library" and locate the book you want to have appear in iTunes. After that, click "Download" on the right under "Other Actions" and the .aax file will download. After the file is downloaded, you can either open the file in iTunes or manually add it to iTunes Library. To do that, you need to launch iTunes and go to "File"> "Add to Library". Browse to the folder where you downloaded the audiobook.

The Final Thought

HomePod is quite a great speaker for iOS users. It is smart and capable of Siri command. As we all know that HomePod is a Wi-Fi driven speaker and it is designed for iOS users to use with AirPlay. In other words, HomePod doesn't have Bluetooth support. Otherwise, you will be able to stream Audible to HomePod via Bluetooth without downloading them. If you are interested in what are the differences between Bluetooth and AirPlay, the review below has all you need to know.

Differences between Bluetooth and AirPlay


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