Best 4 Ways to Convert M4B to MP3

If you have a lot of audiobooks, you must be familiar with M4B format. M4B files support metadata for chapters and bookmarking on supporting players, so Audiobook and podcast files which contain metadata including chapter markers, images, and hyperlinks more commonly use the .m4b extension.

Before choosing the appropriate M4B to mp3 converter, please confirm whether your M4B audiobooks are DRM protected or not. If the audiobooks are not DRM protected you can choose below 3 ways: Online M4B Converter, iTunes or VLC. If you want to convert iTunes DRM protected M4B to mp3, go to part 2.
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Part 1. 3 Ways to Convert Unprotected M4B to MP3

1. Online M4B to MP3 Converter

Apowersoft Free Online Video Converter is a powerful online tool that allows you to convert and edit any DRM-free video/audio files. Click "Select files to start" and choose the m4b file you want to convert. Choose mp3 as output format and then click "Convert". Similar free online audio converter includes: https://online-audio-converter.com, https://audio-convert.com, https://www.zamzar.com, https://www.filezigzag.com, etc.

2. Convert M4B to MP3 with iTunes

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. Mac: From the menu bar at the top of your computer screen, choose iTunes > Preferences.
    Windows: From the menu bar at the top of the iTunes window, choose Edit > Preferences.
  3. Click the General tab, then click Import Settings in the lower section of the window.
  4. Click the menu next to Import Using, then choose the encoding format that you want to convert the song to. Here we choose mp3.
  5. Click OK to save the settings.
  6. From your library, select one or more songs that you want to convert.
  7. Choose File > Convert, then Create MP3 Version. The format shown is the one that you chose in step 4. For example, if you chose Apple Lossless Encoder, select Create Apple Lossless Version.

New song files appear in your library next to the original files.

3. Convert M4B to MP3 with VLC

Run VLC media player, click Media - Convert/Save(or use hoykey Ctrl+R), click Add to choose the m4b file you want to convert, then click Convert/Save. In the popped up window, you will see a drop-down menu “Profile” , select “Audio–MP3” from it. Then, click “Browse” to choose an output folder. Now, click “Start” to get VLC convert your M4B files to MP3.

On Mac, Run VLC media player, click File - Convert/Stream(or use hoykey Shift+Command+S), click Open media to choose the m4b file you want to convert, then choose Profile as Audio–MP3. Click Browse to choose a destination. Click Save. Now the m4b audiobook will be converted to MP3.

However, the above 3 m4b converters only supporting converting unprotected m4b files. They can't convert m4b audiobooks purchased from iTunes store since iTunes audiobooks are DRM protected. If you want to convert iTunes m4b audiobooks, please use Ondesoft Audible Converter - a professional iTunes m4b to mp3 converter that allows you to convert any m4b audiobooks purchased from iTunes store to mp3.

Part 2. Convert iTunes DRM M4B audiobook to mp3 with Ondesoft Audible Converter

Audiobooks we downloaded or purchased from iTunes Store or Audible.com are protected by DRM. In order to play them on common MP3 players other than iPod, iPad or iPhone, we need a convenient software to remove DRM protection and convert the protected M4B Audiobooks to popular MP3 format. Ondesoft Audible Converter is designed to remove DRM from iTunes/Audible Audiobooks and convert M4B, M4P, AA, AAX Audiobooks to popular formats such as MP3, AAC, AC3, AIFF, AU, FLAC, M4A, M4R, and MKA , and then, users can listen to their iTunes/Audible Audiobooks without device limitations.

The following tutorial will show you how to convert iTunes M4B Audiobooks to MP3.

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Step1: Install Audiobook Converter
Download Audiobook Converter trial version.  Follow instructions to install it on your Mac. After installation, launch Audiobook Converter and iTunes will be launched automatically to get ready for you to convert iTunes Audiobooks.
Notice: Unregistered users can only convert each Audiobook for 3 minutes. However, you can break the limitation by purchasing a full version. To convert iTunes M4B Audiobooks to MP3 on Windows, please download Ondesoft iTunes Converter for Windows .

Step2: Select Audiobooks
Launch AudioBook Converter and you will see all Audiobooks in your iTunes Audiobooks library will be shown on the right of main interface, so no need to add Audiobooks manually.  Now, you can choose Audiobooks you are eager to try into booklist by clicking the option box in front of every Audiobook. This AudioBook Converter supports batch conversion, so you can select more than one Audiobook or all.

Step3: Customize the settings
If you want to modify output settings, just click ”option” button, you will find all the output parameter here, such as converting speed, output filenames, format and so on. Also you can choose to save ID tags and metadata information to the output MP3 and M4A files or keep Chapter information in the converted M4A files.

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Also, you can easily customize the settings as you wish in the main interface because output parameters such as codec, bitrate, sample rate and channels are below the booklist in the main interface.

Step4: Start to convert
Click the icon ”Convert” at the top of the main interface to start converting audio books to MP3. Ondesoft Audible Converter is capable of the remaining work and you can let it alone and do what you like.

Step5: Find output files
When the converting process is completed, we can go to default folder (if you haven’t modified) or your chosen folder to find the converted files.

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