If you are looking for a guide to show how to convert audio files .aax to .mp3, then this post is for you. I have included both free and paid solutions so you could choose the one suitable for you. I will walk through the whole process of aax to mp3 converting, point out important steps that you might be ignored, make sure that you could do it on your own computer successfully.
Sound good. Let’s begin.
What is the AAX file, and how to play it?
AAX file format is a proprietary audiobook format of Audible. You need to have your own Audible account login. It can be played by Windows/Mac computer, Amazon devices (Kindle, Alexa), Apple devices/software (iPod), Microsoft Zune, and Creative Zen. If you installed the Audible app on your phone or tablet, then you have turned your phone into an Audible player.
Can VLC play AAX files?
Yes, the VLC Media Player can play AAX files, but the quality is poor.
Why do you want to convert AAX to mp3?
If you want to play your audiobook files on an unsupported device, you need to convert it to an mp3 format. After all, the mp3 is the most popular audio format for almost any audio device. On the other hand, an aax file is DRM protected, so you must log in to your account to play on the supported devices. You can’t share it with your family or friends.
The audible doesn’t support aax to mp3 conversion officially. Fortunately, we have some third-party aax to mp3 converters that can help you convert your Audible files so that you could enjoy your audible books anywhere.
Best for free: AAX Audio Converter (Windows only)
I have tested all free “AAX TO MP3” converters like Audible AAX to MP3 Converter, which ranks no.1 on Google. If you search the word “AAX to mp3,” they are working until I got this one called AAX audio converter. It is a free and open-source software program, which means you can convert your aax files for free with this program.
It will help you convert Audible proprietary .aax files to plain .mp3 format with fast converting speed (convert a 14mins Audible file at 5 seconds).
Steps of converting AAX to MP3
- Download AAX Audio Converter here
- Install and open it
- Install the Audible Manager if you don’t have one.
- Sign-in to your audible account (in the application). Now the converter is ready for converting aax to mp3.
- Drag and drop your .aax files into the interface of the AAX Audio Converter
- Choose a mode of output.
- Choose an output folder if the default one is not perfect.
- Click the “Convert” button to begin the AAX to mp3 conversion. You can tell if the conversion is finished by checking the processing bar.
That’s it. Your aax files should be converted to mp3 successfully.
- Free to use
- Fast converting speed
- Multiple output files per input file, divided by chapter
- Support the output format .m4a/.m4b
- Support the input of old .aa files
- Only support Windows PC.
- Require the user’s personal Audible account to be able to process his/her Audible audiobooks. If you got Audible files from somewhere else, this converter would show a pop-up window as below:
- Support Windows 7 and above.
- Requires .Net Framework 4.7.1 to be installed.
OpenAudible (Windows, Mac, and Linux)
AAX audio converter is great, but how do I convert AAX to MP3 on Mac? Well, the OpenAudible is for all Windows, Mac, and Linux users. However, it is not an open-source program like its name indicated. It a cheap solution ($12USD per license) for converting AAX to mp3. Since the best AAX to mp3 converter is only for Windows, this one could be the best option for a Mac user.
How to convert .aax file with OpenAudible
Before starting a conversion, you need to log in to your audible account (in the application) and download the audiobook on your computer.
Step 1. Download and install the OpenAudible.
Step 2. Launch the OpenAudible, and drag-and-drop .aax files into the interface.
Step 3. Right-click on the Audible book title and choose “Convert to mp3.”
The program will start to convert the files into mp3 format. Once the conversion is completed, you will find the mp3 files in the output folder.
Compatible for Windows, Mac, and Linux
Require the user’s personal Audible account to be able to process his/her Audible audiobooks.
Paid AAX to mp3 Solution:
Epubor Audible Converter ($49.99 lifetime license)
The Epubor Audible Converter is a powerful tool that can convert Audible AAX files to MP3. It can also get rid of Audible DRM protection and convert the protected files to plain MP3 without reducing the quality.
You could download it and try it for free. The limitation of a free version allows you to convert an Audible file for the first 10 mins. It just gives you an idea of output quality.
How to use Epubor to convert AAX to mp3?
- Install the Epubor and launch it
- Import aax files by dragging-and-dropping files into the interface
- Click the “Convert” button to begin the conversion.
With 3 simple steps, your DRM protected aax file has converted to a common mp3 format.
- Fast converting speed
- Convert DRM protected aax file
- Easy to use
- Support both Windows and Mac
- Not free
Other AAX to mp3 converters similar to Epubor
I have found that those AAX to mp3 converters work similarly to Epubor. Even the interface is looked the same. So I listed them below so that you could compare them by price if you decided to take the paid solution.
Tuneskit Audible AA/AAX Converter ($34.95)
imElfin Audible Converter ($29.99)
TunePat Audiobook Converter ($59.95)
TuneCable Audiobook Converter ($99.95)
Online AAX to mp3 converter
I understood that people who are looking for an online aax to mp3 converter want a simple solution without installing any software program on her/his computer. Unfortunately, I have tested all so-called online AAX to mp3 converting sites, and no one is working. So, please don’t waste time on them.
The sites I have tested
The AAX to mp3 converting is fairly easy if you got the right third-party tool. If you have converted to mp3 successfully, please enjoy it on your own devices, don’t share any mp3 files online. Please let me if you got better solutions for converting Audible AAX files.