How to Convert Audible to MP3 Mac

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How to Convert Audible to MP3 Mac
Convert Audible audiobooks to MP3 on your Macintosh computer. (white notebook image by Jorge Figueiredo from

By default, audiobooks from Audible cannot be converted into an MP3 format, but they can be imported into your iTunes program on your Macintosh computer. Your import settings can be changed in the iTunes preferences to import media from a CD to an MP3, as it is set to encode CD tracks into AAC format by default. Once an audiobook is added to your iTunes library, it can be burnt to a CD and ripped back to your computer. To avoid copyright infringement, burning and ripping your audiobook should only be used for personal use, as audiobooks contain copyright protection to prevent illegal sharing.

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Things you need

  • iTunes 7.5 or later
  • Blank CD-R disc
  • CD-RW or DVD-RW drive

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  1. 1

    Click the iTunes icon on your Macintosh screen's dock, and click "File" at the top of the screen.

  2. 2

    Select "Add to Library" from the drop-down menu, and locate the Audible file in the Add to Library window. Click the audiobook file to highlight it, and click the "Choose" button to add it to the "Audiobooks" section of the iTunes library.

  3. 3

    Click "iTunes" at the top of the screen, and click "Preferences" from the drop-down menu. Click the "Import Settings" button and click the drop-down menu at the top of the Import Settings window. Select "MP3 Encoder" and click "OK."

  4. 4

    Click "OK" on the main iTunes Preferences window, and click "File" at the top of the screen. Select "New Playlist" and create a name for the playlist.

  5. 5

    Click the "Audiobooks" tab in the iTunes sidebar, and drag and drop the Audible audiobook to the new playlist in the sidebar.

  6. 6

    Click the new playlist in the sidebar, and insert a blank CD-R disc into your optical drive. Click the "Burn Disc" button at the bottom of the iTunes window, and click "Burn Disc" on the dialogue box. The CD-R disc will eject from the optical drive when it is burning process is complete.

  7. 7

    Push the CD-R disc back into your optical drive, and click the CD tab in the iTunes sidebar. Click the "Import CD" button in the upper-right corner of the iTunes window to import the audiobook to your iTunes library as an MP3.

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