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How to Download and Convert Audible AA Files to MP3

“I bought 2 audible ebooks and turns out they are in. aa format which my MP3 Player doesn’t support. How can I open the Audible audiobooks on my MP3 Player?”

To play audible AA file on the MP3 player or your smart phone, you need to convert AA to MP3.  However, it is not easy to convert AA files to MP3 format because of the DRM protection in AA files. To discuss the topic in depth, we divide this post into three parts to explain what is AA and how to open it on any popular device successfully.

Part 1. What is AA File Format & What Opens a AA

What is AA

The AA file extension is a data file format associated with Audible Audio Book, a spoken audio recording of Audible. AA files contain the digital audio clips of the audiobooks with Digital Rights Management encryption. The Audible Download Manager is in charge of downloading the AA files to the computer.

AA file format is supported by several devices like Apple’s iPods, Microsoft Zune, Creative Zen, Amazon Kindle and other. Files in AA format can also be opened with Apple iTunes in Mac Operating systems and with Audible Manager, Nero 11, Rapid Solution Tunebite 9, SoundTaxi Media Suite and TuneCab in Microsoft Windows-based systems.

If you cannot play AA files on your media player, you may need to convert AA to MP3 or M4A. Be careful not to rename the extension on. aa files, or any other files. This will not change the file type. Only special conversion software can change a file from one file type to another.

Part 2. How to Download Audible AA/AAX Books

Please follow the guide from Audible to download AA/AAX files to your computer, iOS device or other devices.

Download Audible Books to a Windows Computer

Download Audible Books on a Mac

Download Audile Books to iOS Devices

Part 3. How to Convert Audible AA to MP3 on Windows/Mac

As we mentioned above, AA files are protected by DRM, which restricts us to only playing them on some designate portable audio players, like Apple iPod, Creative Zen, SanDisk Sansa, and Amazon Kindle. To get rid of the DRM restriction, converting audible AA to MP3 is a good way.

Apple Music Converter, which is also an excellent AA to MP3 Converter, can convert audible AA to MP3 with just a few clicks.  It is capable of removing remove Audible DRM protection and convert AA audiobook to plain MP3, M4A, FLAC, AC3, etc. quickly. After that, you can open AA files on all music players.

Step 1. Download AA Files to Your Computer

Download and install AA converter on your Windows or Mac computer. Make sure you have downloaded the audiobook AA files to your computer with the Audible Manager.

Download AA Files

Step 2. Add AA Files to iTunes Library

The AA to MP3 Converter detects audiobooks in iTunes, so we need first add files to iTunes. Launching iTunes, then click File -> Add To Library to import the files you prefer into library.

Add AA Files to iTunes Library

Step 3. Run AA File Converter

Now, launch the AA file converter you have just installed. iTunes will be launched at the same time and all your media files in iTunes library will be uploaded to the program automatically.

Run AA File Converter

Step 4. Choose AA Files You Desire to Convert

Click “Audiobooks” playlist on the left side of the program and then choose all audiobooks you want to convert to the right side.

Choose AA Files

Step 5. Set Output Format and Output Path

In the bottom of the program, select MP3 or other audio formats you like as the output audio format. Meanwhile, click “Browse” button and choose a folder to save the converted files.

Set Output Format

Step 6. Start to Unlock AA DRM and convert AA to MP3

Click “Convert” button to start converting AA to MP3 on Mac or Windows. Wait for a while and you will get non-DRM protected audiobooks in MP3 format to play on any media player.

convert AA to MP3

Tips: You can also convert AAX files to mp3 as the same way.

What’s next? Download AA to MP3 Converter now!

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