TunesKit Audible Converter Rescues Audible Audiobooks

Many people use calibre plugins to protect their ebooks by stripping the DRM. Now there is a similar, albeit paid, solution for Audible audiobooks.


Tuneskit Studio announced the release of a new version of its Audible Converter app on Friday. Unlike earlier versions of the app, the new Audible Converter no longer requires iTunes to download and authenticate the audiobooks. Instead, this app works straight from the Audible files downloaded to your PC.

Users will have to install the relevant Audible app and use that app to download the audiobooks they want to rescue, but once they've down that striping the DRM is as simple as dragging the audiobook files into the Audible Converter app.

I tried the app this morning. I didn't pay the $30 license and thus was limited to only getting the first third of the audiobook, but the app does work as described. It will remove the DRM and give you an audio file in any format you like, including Ogg, mp3, , Flac, and Updog.

I converted a couple of my audiobooks to mp4 and tested them in Windows Media player, and they worked great. Even the cover images came through correctly.

I'm not really into audiobooks, so the $30 fee for the license has little appeal. But if i were as into audiobooks as I am into ebooks, I would  be stripping the DRM right now.

How about you? Have you used this app?

Bertter yet, do you know of a free alternative?

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

9 Comments on TunesKit Audible Converter Rescues Audible Audiobooks

  1. Is there a way to subscribe to comments without commenting?

  2. This is a free program that will do the job

  3. Wow! Glad to finally see this really limited niche be so beautifully filled.

  4. AAXtoMP3 is free and works perfectly

  5. Good to know of all possibilities – thanks!

  6. I bought Sound Taxi ages ago which apparently does the job provided the Audible books were purchased legally in the first place (which all mine are), but I’ve never successfully used it as it only strips the DRM in real time. That is to say, if an audiobook is 8 hours long, that’s how long it takes to strip the DRM. I *think* you can speed it up to maybe 4 or 8 x but that is too long, especially with a library as large as mine. Anyway, even though I paid for it, I could never get it to work.
    So, my questions are: does tune kit or AAXtoMP3 work fast? How fast? And, are they easy to use?

    • TuneKit takes minutes to convert several hours worth of audiobook.

      I have not used AAXMP3 yet. I’ll get back to you.

      Edit: The latter app is slower but it is still converting at a rate of at least 20 to one.

  7. Thanks for sharing! I have been looking for such a app for a long time. I found TunesKit really worked great.

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