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i have some audio books i'd like to convert into mp3 as my Nexus 7 doesn't recognise them in their current format :p must work on mac

asked Nov 21 '12 at 21:12

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What's the starting file format?

answered Nov 21 '12 at 23:53

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DJ Scooby Doo

To add on to this: Where did you get the audiobooks? DRM can create a problem (albeit not an unfix-able one) with file conversions.

(Nov 22 '12 at 01:34) Zbob750 Zbob750's gravatar image

oh sorry, they're in MPEG-4 and i got them from the iTunes Store

(Nov 22 '12 at 09:12) mutley2209 mutley2209's gravatar image

I'm assuming .m4a or something like that. Well try to convert it with an audio conversion program. It might just work. http://www.dvdvideosoft.com/products/dvd/Free-Audio-Converter.htm

I personally like the DVDVideoSoft suite, and Chris supports it as well, haha.

(Nov 22 '12 at 10:00) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

doesn't work on mac :p

(Nov 22 '12 at 12:26) mutley2209 mutley2209's gravatar image
(Nov 22 '12 at 17:58) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

not sure if it works as it won't convert files large files without purchasing the software and even then it may not convert it :p i only have a few audiobooks to convert so i'd rather not pay for software i probably wont use again as i'll purchase them off the Google play sore in future so i don't get the same problem again.

(Nov 22 '12 at 18:12) mutley2209 mutley2209's gravatar image

Hmm. If only you had Windows. How about, last resort, Switch file converter. http://www.nch.com.au/components/switchmaci.zip

(Nov 22 '12 at 18:21) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

no luck, it converts the file but there's no audio tried it in a few formats and same thing each time

(Nov 22 '12 at 20:17) mutley2209 mutley2209's gravatar image

If only you had Windows... Well I'm all out of options, except... Try converting on iTunes?

(Nov 22 '12 at 21:50) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image
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Try using Audacity.

You should be able to just open it and then choose File>Save As and then selecting the .mp3 format. If it won't open then it probably has DRM which makes things a little more difficult but not impossible.

If you don't have it Audacity is available for free, Here for OS X, and Here for Windows.

answered Nov 22 '12 at 17:38

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it wont open it which means it has a DRM :(

(Nov 22 '12 at 18:08) mutley2209 mutley2209's gravatar image

After a quick search I have found lots of free and paid DRM removal tools for audiobooks. Most of them work in OS X. However, I cannot recommend any as I haven't used them and do not know of their authenticity.

This is really something you'll just have to experiment with. Best of Luck :)

(Nov 22 '12 at 22:27) Zbob750 Zbob750's gravatar image

turns out the best way to do it is by removing the DRM through Tune4Mac however the software costs about £20 which exceeds the value of the audiobooks i need to convert, so i'll just purchase them again and be done with it :p using Audible to do it and the good thing is after signing up to a month trial i got a free download before cancelling it lol so at least i saved on re-purchasing one book, cheers for the help but i really do wish there were a simple inexpensive option to get around the DRM or preferably extend the DRM to include Android devices or at least the most popular ones which would make sense :p

answered Nov 25 '12 at 01:04

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