M4B to MP3 - How to Convert iTunes Audiobook M4B to MP3

By Emily Watson, Monday, April 24, 2017

M4B to MP3 Conversion - Do You Need It?

M4B is similar to M4A. It is a file extension for audio books or podcast files. The main difference between M4B and M4A is that M4B files support metadata for chapters and bookmarking while M4A doesn't.

Due to M4B files are rarely supported by portable players other than device from Apple, many people want to convert M4B to MP3 or M4A. However, M4B to MP3 conversion process may be not as simple as you think.

M4B to MP3

Why is it Difficult to Convert M4B to MP3

When it comes to converting M4B to MP3, many people may recommend to use iTunes to convert M4B to MP3. Not surprisingly, perhaps, you will be failed. That’s possibly because the M4B audiobooks you want to convert is copyright-protected by digital rights management software (DRMS).

Many M4B audio books are available on the internet for free, but more can be purchased in online store like iTunes. If the M4B audiobooks are purchased from iTunes Store, they are protected. In this case, you cannot use the common converter or iTunes to convert them to MP3 format. In other words, you need a professional M4B to MP3 Converter.


Have You Ever Known TuneFab Apple Music Converter

TuneFab Apple Music Converter, just like its name, is initially a converter designed for converting Apple Music to MP3. But I must say its capability to convert iTunes M4B audiobooks and Audible AA/AAX audiobooks to MP3 or M4A is a "huge plus". Here are some highlights of the software:

• Convert M4B audio books purchased from iTunes to MP3

• Convert Amazon Audible AA/AAX audiobooks to MP3/M4R

• Remove DRM from iTunes & Audible audiobooks

• Preserve Audiobook chapter information to M4A output

With this program, you can make DRM protected M4B files playable on Android phone, MP3 players and many more media players.

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How to Convert iTunes M4B to MP3 on Mac/Windows

Step 1. Install TuneFab M4B to MP3 Converter

Just click the download button above to get the trial version of the program. After installation. double click the desktop icon to fire up the program. iTunes will be launched automatically and please don't quit it.

Install TuneFab M4B to MP3 Converter

Step 2. Select iTunes Audiobooks

Click "Audiobooks" in the left side column and you will see all audiobooks in your iTunes library shown on the right of the main interface. Now, you can choose Audiobooks you want to convert.

Select iTunes Audiobooks

Step 3. Choose MP3 as Output Format

In the bottom of the main interface, you can select "MP3" as output format. If necessary, you can change the output parameters such as codec, bitrate, sample rate and channels are

Choose MP3 as Output Format

Step 4. Customize Output Settings (Optional)

If you want to modify output settings, just click "Option" button. You can adjust the converting speed, output filenames 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.

Output Settings

Step 5. Start M4B to MP3 Conversion

Click the icon "Convert" at the top of the main interface to start converting iTunes audio books to MP3.

Start Converting

More Tips: Convert M4B to MP3 with iTunes

Though most M4B files are copy-protected, some of them are DRM-free. For the non-protected M4B files, you can use iTunes to directly change the M4B to MP3.

Step 1. Open iTunes and import the .M4B file into iTunes if it is not already there.

Step 2. Click the "Edit" > "Preferences" > "General" > "Importing Settings". Then, click the "Import Using" menu and select "MP3 Encoder." Click "OK."

Step 3.  Locate the M4B file you want to convert. You are possible to find them in the "Books" section of iTunes.

Step 4. Click the "Advanced" menu and select "Create MP3 Version". The M4B file will be copied as a MP3. 

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