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Is it illegal to Remove DRM from Audible Audiobooks?

By Justin SabrinaUpdated on March 22, 2024

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Audible uses DRM protection in audiobooks to avoid unauthorized playback. Is it illegal to remove DRM from Audible audiobooks? Get the answer here and learn how to get rid of Audible DRM protection so you can play audiobooks anywhere.

Audible users face the biggest problems is that most common issue they can’t listen to the Audible AA and AAX audiobooks without the Audible app or iTunes. The reason behind this is that all audiobooks from Audible are protected by DRM. Audible uses DRM technology mainly to prevent users from downloading, saving audiobooks to their own devices, or sharing them to any other platform. If you don't aware of the DRM technology, then it is safe to say that you should know what Audible DRM is. The DRM-protected Audible audiobooks will cause inconvenient playback. Is it illegal to remove DRM from Audible audiobooks? How to remove Audible DRM from AAX or AA audiobooks? Keep reading and you will get the answers and solutions.


Part 1. What Is DRM and What is its Use in Audible?

DRM (Digital Rights Management) is a technology used to prevent unauthorized circulation of various copyright-protected and proprietary digital media. It is widely used in popular streaming services, such as Audible Audiobook, iTunes Audiobook, Apple Music, Spotify Music , ITunes Music, Amazon Music, etc., which restricts consumers from using streaming media content only on their official media and authorized devices, and prohibits them from using and sharing content on unauthorized devices. Let us take an example.

If you are a Windows user and have purchased and downloaded several audiobooks from, and want to transfer the downloaded Audible files to your MP3 player. Sadly, Audible's DRM does not allow you to do this.

Part 2. Is It Legal to Remove DRM from Audible Books?

We all know that DRM limits the free use of Audible audiobooks. To break these restrictions, you must first crack Audible DRM. Here comes the most important point, is it legal to remove DRM from Audible? Whether it is legal or not depends entirely on your intent and purpose for doing so.

If someone removes DRM from Audible for some commercial purpose or unauthorized sharing to the social platforms, then this move is absolutely illegal and he will be punished by some related penalties.

If someone purchases audiobooks from, he can convert these audiobooks to other formats for personal use only. To be clear, you only use these DRM-free Audible books for your personal use, such as transferring to them on your MP3 player for personal enjoyment, burning them into a CD to play in the car, etc. In this way, it is supported by the law.

Part 3. Why do You Need to Remove DRM from Audible Audiobooks?

As we mentioned above, the downloaded Audible audiobooks are in DRM-protected AA or AAX format and can only be played on devices authorized by Audible. This means you can't enjoy them freely. If you can remove DRM from Audible books, you can control them by yourself!

The Benefits Removing DRM from Audible Audiobooks:
*Play non-DRM-protected Audible books through any media player, like Windows Media Player, QuickTime, VLC Media Player, etc.

*Transfer Audible audiobooks to USB flash drive, SD card(with SD card reader together) to play in the car anytime.

*Burn DRM-free Audible books to CD or DVD on iTunes, Windows Media Player for personal enjoyment.

*Listen to Audible audiobooks on any MP3 player, Sony Walkman, SanDisk, iPod Nano, iRiver, PS5, Kindle, etc.

*Add small Audible books to your video, PowerPoint Presentation as BGM. (not for commercial use) etc.

Part 4. Best Audible DRM Removal: UkeySoft Audible Converter 👍

To strip DRM from Audible audiobooks, you can use a powerful Audible DRM Removal. Here UkeySoft Audible Converter comes in handy. UkeySoft Audible Converter is an all-in-one Audible DRM Removal software, as well as Audible Audible Converter. With it, users can legally remove the DRM from Audible AA and AAX files without iTunes app and Audible authentication. What’s more, it is capable of converting DRM-locked AA and AAX files to DRM-free MP3, M4A, M4B, AAC, FLAC, WAV, AC3, AIFF and OGG format without any quality loss.

By using advanced cracking techniques, UkeySoft Audible Converter can run up to 700X super faster conversion speed. With the built-in ID3 editing and splitting function, it allows you to edit ID3 tags and split a single large audiobook into small fragments by chapter and time. By using this great tool, you are able to play Audible books on any MP3 player, iPods, iRiver, PSP, Kindle, smartphone, etc.

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Audible DRM Remover & Audible to MP3 Converter

  • okNo need to install iTunes app or authorize Audible account.
  • okLegally remove DRM from AA and AAX files for personal use./li>
  • okRemove Audible DRM with 100% original quality kept.
  • okConvert AA/AAX files to unprotected MP3, M4A, AAC, FLAC, etc.
  • okRemain and edit ID3 tags, metadata like cover, artist, album, etc.
  • okSplit large audio book to small part by chapter, time frame.
  • okSupports batch conversion, works at 700X super faster speed.
  • okWorks on WindowsOS and macOS, including Mac Big Sur.

Part 5. Tutorial: How to Remove DRM from Audible Audiobooks Legally?

Step 1. Launch UkeySoft Audible Converter
Download, install and launch UkeySoft Audible Converter on your Mac or Windows PC. UkeySoft Audible Converter is a smart and straightforward tool, no need to use with other extra apps like iTunes.

launch UkeySoft AAX to MP3 Conerter

Note: Please make sure you have downloaded the audiobooks from your Audible library to computer in advanced.

Step 2. Add DRM-ed Audible Files to UkeySoft
It is very easy to add the Audible books to the program. You can directly drag and drop the AA or AAX files to its main interface.

drag and drop audible files to ukeysoft

Or click "Add" button to select multiple AA/AAX files at once.

add aa or aax audiobooks

Step 3. Customize the Output Settings
Now tap "Options" and "Advanced" button, you can customize the output format, bitrate and sample rate as you prefer. You can select lossless M4A or MP3 format to compatible with your devices.

select mp3 as the output format

Tips: To change the output path and divide the audiobooks into small parts by chapter, you can go to the "Generic" section.

Step 4. Start to Remove DRM from Audible Audiobooks
Finally, hit on "Convert" button to start removing DRM from Audible files and converting them to unprotected MP3 or M4A losslessly.

remove drm from audible books

Step 5. Get DRM-free Audible Audiobooks
UkeySoft Audible Converter works at 700X super speed. After a few seconds, you can tap the "History" button to find the non-DRM Audible files in MP3 format.

get drm-free audible mp3 files

Now you can freely enjoy the non-DRM Audible books!

Remove DRM from Audible Audiobooks Legally


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