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How to Remove Audible DRM Protected in AAX/AA Format

How to remove DRM (Digital Rights Management) from Audible files purchased in iTunes? "Is there a legal (!) way to convert the audible aax files to something an mp3 player (that can really only use mp3's) can play? Or am I bound to mobile devices that can play aax's or similar?"

Audible audio books purchased on iTunes have an .m4b extension and contain AAC audio which is encrypted by Apple's FairPlay DRM. Therefore, to freely transfer and play Audible audio books, we need to remove Audible DRM and convert Audible files to MP3 in advance. This is forbidden in Audible's Terms of Service. Here's how to make audioble books DRM free for personal use.

Remove DRM from Audible Books Purchased in iTunes Store

The easiest way to make audible books DRM free - try Audible DRM Removal Tool, WinX MediaTrans

  • Remove DRM from Audible books in AAX/AA format and convert to DRM-free MP3 in a few clicks.
  • Remove DRM from music and music purchased in iTunes for listening freely.
  • Transfer, manager, and organize photos, music, videos, ringtones, etc between PC and iOS.

Part 1. How to Make Audible DRM Free with DRM Removal Software

WinX MediaTrans is a desktop-based iOS file manager compatible with Windows and macOS. It adds the support for DRM removal through the latest update. When you connect iOS with PC, this program can detect DRM-protected music, audio books, and part of the movies purchased from iTunes Store automatically, and suggest you to remove DRM after you export them from iOS to PC. So, Audible audio books bought on iTunes Store are fully supported by this software. Besides removing Audible DRM, it will convert Audile books to MP3, an audio format accepted by virtually all media players.

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How to Remove DRM from Audible Books Purchased in iTunes, Convert Audible Files to MP3?


1. Download WinX MediaTrans on your Windows computer. Or, download a Mac version.
2. Connect your iPhone to computer via a USB cable. The original cable is recommended.

Step 1: Launch the Audible DRM removal tool you just installed. If iPhone is connected to PC well, it will guide you to main UI immediately. If not, check how to fix iPhone not showing up on PC. Plus, there's a prompt saying that you'd better check "Prevent iPods, iPhones, iPads from syncing automatically" in iTunes to avoid data loss.

Step 2: Click on "Book" module, and then you will get access to a new window. In the meantime, this program will load all e-books stored in your iPhone.

Note: If the source files are in iTunes library, you should click "Remove DRM" to kill DRM embedded in your audio books.

Step 3: Navigate to "Audio Books" located at the left bar, move your eyes to the file window, tick target Audible files and hit "Export". Then all selected files with copy protection will be transferred to PC.

Make Audible Books DRM Free

Step 4: After that, it will pop up a dialog telling you that those audio books are encrypted. If you want to play the DRM-protected Audible audio books without limitation, just click on "Decode" to remove Audible DRM instantly.

Note: In this step, you're supposed to keep iTunes open. Besides, make sure you sign in iTunes with the account you used to purchase the Audible audio books.

If you are trying to transfer an EPUB book on your PC to PDF, first "Add Book" from the hard drive (Note that only ebook in .epub and .pdf can be successfully loaded) -> press "Sync" button at the bottom right -> select the one you want to convert -> choose "Export EPUB book to PDF" -> done.

Moments later, you'll see DRM-free Audible audio books in your destination folder. This tool will give Windows 10 users MP3 output files, while offer AAC with .m4a file extension to Windows 8.1/8/7/Vista users. Again, it is inadvisable to remove Audible DRM for any commercial use.

WinX MediaTrans is not only an Audible DRM removal and Audible to MP3 converter, but also the best iOS file manager to transfer photos, music, videos, e-books, ringtones, iTunes U and Podcast between computer and iPhone iPad iPod. Plus, it can turn your iPhone as a USB flash drive to store all kinds of files, make iPhone ringtones, create music playlists, and so on.

Note: Digiarty Software does not advocate removing DRM from Audible audio books for any commercial purpose and suggests referring to copyright laws in your countries before doing so.

Part 2. More about Audible DRM Copy Protection

Audible: Audible Inc. is a seller and producer of spoken audio entertainment, information, and educational programming on the Internet. Audible is the largest producer of downloadable audio books in the world. In 2003, this audio books provider and Apple reached an exclusive deal whereby Apple could only source audio books from Audible and Audible could not supply other music digital platforms with the content besides Apple's iTunes store. Purchase Audible audio books on iTunes Store, and then you can listen to your audio books on your authorized Apple devices. But if you want to transfer them to alternative MP3 players, you will fail.

DRM: Digital rights management (DRM) schemes are various access control technologies that are used to restrict usage of proprietary hardware and copyrighted works. Audible uses DRM and other mechanisms to protect Audible content from unauthorized distribution and modification. Encryption technologies update continually and improves to ensure protection of their titles.

In the United States, it is illegal to remove DRM from purchased Audible books. But there is also contract law in many countries. The licensing terms allow you to view the title, but they don't allow the removal of DRM. Since your "purchase" was only a paid license for the right to view the media in their defined terms, you did not own the actual content.

Part 3. FAQs about Audible DRM Removal

1. How do I remove DRM from Audible free?

To remove DRM from Audible free, use a reliable Audible DRM removal tool like WinX MediaTrans. It helps remove DRM from Audible books in AAX/AA format and convert to DRM-free MP3 format easily. Open the Audible DRM removal tool on your computer, click iBook Manager, select the books you want to remove DRM from, select Export, Decode, and the DRM will be removed from the exported Audible book.

2. Can DRM protection be removed?

DRM protected can be removed from Audible with a DRM removal tool. DRM removal tool can detects the DRM and convert DRM-ed content to DRM free automatically. No third party help is required.

3. Can you rip audio from Audible?

Yes. You have several ways to rip audio from Audible, or convert Audible to MP3 audio formats. Recommended tools to rip audio from Audible include:

  • Audacity
  • AAX Audio Converter
  • OpenAudible
  • Online Audio Converter
  • Convertio Online Audio Converter

4. Audible DRM Removal Github

Github gathers a list of audible-centric tools, including organization and removing DRM from Audible files. Below is a list of Audible DRM removal tools recommended in Github.

  • Libation: audible audiobook manager. Download, decrypt, organize, search, and tag. Open-source. GUI and CLI. Windows only.
  • inAudible: remove Audible DRM, edit files, and convert files.
  • Book Lib Connect: A standalone Audible downloader and decrypter.
  • AAX Audio Converter: Convert Audible aax files to mp3 and m4a/m4b.
  • OSAC: Open Source Audible Converter. Convert audible's proprietary AAX audio files to MP3, AAC/M4B, or FLAC.
  • AAXtoMP3: Convert Audible's .aax filetype to MP3, FLAC, M4A, or OPUS.


Estrella H.

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Estrella H. is a senior editor at Digiarty covering all the latest tech in mobile industry for the better part of the first four years, from iPhone, Samsung to other innovative gadgets. And now she's been dived into data backup and management to keep data safe on mobile devices in the recent three years. Outside the tech, she is a songwriter and loves hip-hop.

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