A year ago, I created a tutorial on how to convert a DRM protected Audible AAX file to MP3 — a much more user-friendly audio format. This tutorial overrides everything that was written up in the previous tutorial. Please, follow the below steps to make your AAX file to MP3 file conversions.
What will you learn in this post?
I will show you:
- how to look up free Audible AAX files with search engines
- how to easily download AAX files without using the Audible Manager software
- how to convert AAX files to MP3 using a super simple tool
Search for Free AAX Files
For the sake of this post I needed to download some AAX files.
There’s a simple trick to search for free Audible files online. Just use the following search command:
Without much thought I went for the first result — The Jewel of Dantenos by Brian D. Anderson.
Download the Free AAX File Directly from Your Browser
Audible Manager is a crappy piece of software. Thankfully, you can download your AAX files directly from your browser using a nifty trick.
1. Go to your Audible library. You need to have an Audible account and you need to be signed into it to do this.
2. Select the audiobook you wish to download. Select
3. After you click on the Download button a popup will appear. Save the
4. View the admhelper file and copy its full content (
In the above case, I used MultiCommander‘s built-in MultiDataViewer feature.
But you can open the admhelper file in Notepad or Notepad++ just the same.
5. Type in your browser’s address bar:
6. Now paste in (
The full URL should look something like this:
http://cdl.audible.com/cgi-bin/aw_assemble_title_dynamic.aa?user_id=Xm66IuIYwJ509gVFd9HFVt1qfXryDWwbKIcUDUA--Ped60axDqbpNQV1YT9D&cust_id=Xm66IuIYwJ509gVFd9HFVt1qfXryDWwbKIcUDUA--Ped60axDqbpNQV1YT9D&product_id=BK_PODM_000104&asin=&codec=LC_64_22050_stereo&awtype=AAX&source=audible_adm&title=The Jewel of Dantenos&assemble_url=http://cds.audible.com/download&order_number=D01-1335920-1475469&size=&domain=www.audible.com&transfer_player=1&browser_type=
7. Hit enter to get a download file popup.
8. Save the AAX file to your disk.
Update (January 16, 2017)
As Kevin pointed out in the comments section, for the conversion described in this post to work, you might need to install Audible Manager.
Here is what he wrote:
Users must have the audible manager installed and verified by audible for use on their pc for this to work with aax2mp3.
I missed this fact for a simple reason. I installed Audible Manager two years ago, but shortly thereafter uninstalled it from my computer.
However, something remained on my computer that allowed me to convert AAX files to MP3’s using AAXtoMP3 — the software tool I am describing below. In the meantime, I found out what was that remaining piece of code.
Read this related post for an in-depth investigation of the issue and much more…
Convert Your AAX File to MP3
Download the free, portable, and open source AAXtoMP3.
Unpack the contents of the downloaded
Unpacked, there will be four files:
Yes, its two buttons are in German…
Select the AAX file you wish to open by clicking on the
Then click on the
The conversion process is pretty fast.
It takes about a second to convert a minute’s worth of audio material. In other words, a 90 minute AAX audiobook will be converted to MP3 in about 90 seconds.
Listen to Your Converted MP3 File
To make sure that the process worked like a charm, open up your converted MP3 file and rejoice.
Because this tutorial really works!
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