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A Good Deed for Android Users to Play iTunes M4B Audiobooks

Karlie Harris
BY Karlie Harris   
LAST UPDATED: Jul. 30, 2017

A majority of audiobooks from the Apple Store are in the format of M4B. Although some users have purchased M4B Audiobooks from Apple Store, they can not play them with their Android devices since the use of iTunes M4B Audiobooks is only limited to products such as iPhone, iPad, iPod, etc. It would be quite annoyed that you have got something but you can't use it!

Part 1: Why Android Devices Refuse iTunes Audiobooks?

There are two reasons for:

1. M4B is not the format supported by Android phones and tablets.

2. M4B audiobooks bought from iTunes Store are DRM-protected which cannot be played on the unauthorized device.

DRM refers to Digital Rights Management, an advanced technology to protect digital contents of media works. With DRM, files such as audio, video cannot be replicated or reused by other devices and media players. Apple Store adopts this method to protect its songs, videos, audiobooks, and so on.

To play these media files, you need to authorize your device with iTunes Store account or Apple account which cannot be applied to Android devices.

Select Audiobooks

Therefore, you cannot play iTunes M4B audiobooks on your Android device, including Samsung Galaxy S8/S7/S6/S5, Galaxy Note 7/5, LG G6/G5/G4, Google Pixel, Sony X, etc.

It is no doubt that this would be a bolt from the blue to audiobooks lovers. So many people ask for help that if we can play iTunes M4B Audiobooks on Android?

Luckily, the answer is YES. There comes a good deed for Android users. Actually, iTunes M4B Audiobooks can also be played on Android devices freely. To achieve this, all you need are several steps to get DRM-free audiobooks.


Part 2. How to Remove DRM and Play M4B Audiobooks on Android Phones

Firstly, we need the help of an application to help the conversion. Apple Music Converter can be a good choice. This app can not only be used to remove DRM from Apple Music but also can be adopted to audiobooks' DRM removal. Besides the removal of DRM, it can help to convert the format of music, videos, and audiobooks, for example, converting M4B audiobooks to MP3 audiobooks, etc., to make the format supported by Android. Besides, to some certain format, the audiobooks' chapters can be kept. The following steps can be followed:

Apple Music Converter- Free your iTunes M4B Audiobooks

This multifunctional app can help iTunes M4B Audiobooks get rid of the protection of DRM, making them available to be played on Android phones such as Samsung Galaxy S8, Huawei P10, Sony Xperia XZ and so on.

Step 1. Launch the app

Click on the "Download" button above to download and install the app on your computer.

Step 2. Open the app and select the audiobooks

Then you can open the app. You will find that it has been connected with iTunes of your computer. Your audiobooks will be shown in the list when you click on "Audiobooks" in the "Playlist". Select the M4B audiobooks you want to convert.

Select Audiobooks
Step 3. Output settings

Set the format of your output audiobooks. Choose the one that is suitable for your Android devices. Here I recommend the MP3 files since it is supported by most media players and can also keep the M4B audiobooks' chapters. You can also improve the bitrate of your files here.

Choose MP3 as Output Format
Step 4. Optional settings

In the "Options" on the top right of the interface. You can choose the conversion speed for saving time. Also, sorting the files according to their artists, albums, etc. is also provided. Additionally, for keeping the audiobooks’ chapters, you can tick the "Metadata tags", which can help the chapters remain. But this function is only limited to M4A, MP3 files.

Set Preference of Conversion
Step 5. Convert the files

Press the "Convert" button and wait for the conversion finished. It would be in just a few seconds. Then open the output folder you have chosen, you will get your converted MP3 audiobooks.

Converting M4B to MP3

After conversion, you just need to transfer your converted audiobooks into your Android mobile phone. MP3 is supported by Android, so you can use the audiobooks freely.



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