How to Put Audible Books on iPod for Listening

By Noah Brown

Updated on September 23, 2021

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With an iPod, you could have an extreme audio experience. You can stream your favorite tracks from Apple Music and listen to some interesting books on the iPod. Where could you find some interesting audiobooks? Audible could be a good place. If you want to enjoy Audible books on the iPod, you should read this article. In this post, you’ll learn how to put Audible books on iPod for playing.

Part 1. Official Method to Sync Audible to iPod

As long as you have iTunes, you can download and transfer your Audible books to your iPod. But what should know is that sometimes, some Audible books cannot be played on the iPod due to the format. Then you can follow the second method to make Audible books playable on the iPod. Now, let’s follow the instructions below to listen to Audible on the iPod.

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Step 1. Plug your iPod into your computer and launch iTunes.

Step 2. Once your iPod appears in the left-side menu, click the device icon at the top of iTunes.

Step 3. On the left-side menu, click Audiobooks.

Step 4. Check the box next to Sync Audiobooks then choose either All Audiobooks or Selected Audiobooks. After a few seconds, your audiobooks will be transferred to your iPod.

Part 2. How to Download Audible Books to iPod

The supported formats for iPod are AAC, MP3, PCM, Apple Lossless, FLAC, and Dolby Digital. However, all books from Audible are encapsulated in the format of AA or AAX file format with the protection of digital rights management. So, Audible’s content can only be played on selected mobile devices. Therefore, this also results in difficulty that sometimes you cannot play Audible books on the iPod.

However, multiple software products are capable of removing Audible DRM protection by re-encoding in other formats. Then you can transfer Audible books to iPod for listening. It’s been our experience that we remove DRM from Audible books and convert Audible AAX to a playable format using Tunelf Audio Converter. With the help of Tunelf Audio Converter, you can unlock a listen of Audible books for every moment.

Key Features of Tunelf Audio Converter

  • Remove DRM protection from Apple Music, iTunes audios, and Audible
  • Convert Apple Music to MP3, AAC, and more for playing on any media player
  • Personalize the output audio parameters like the output format and bit rate
  • Converse the converted audio with the lossless audio quality and ID3 tags

Step 1 Add Audible books to Tunelf Audio Converter

audio converter interface

The first step it to fire up Tunelf Audio Converter on your computer after you have finished the download and installation. Click the second icon marked Add Files at the top of the Tunelf interface. Then you can begin to select Audible audiobooks from your computer and add them to the Tunelf interface for the conversion. Or you can directly drag and drop them to the Tunelf interface.

Step 2 Tweak the output parameter for Audible books

select output format

In the second step, you need to configure the output parameters. Just click the Format at the bottom left-hand corner then a pop-up window will appear. Here you can set the output format as MP3 and adjust the bit rate, sample rate, channel, and codec to get better output audio quality. Remember to click the OK button to save the settings.

Step 3 Start to convert Audible to a playable format

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Finally, after setting all the properties, you can now click the Convert button at the lower right corner to start the conversion of Audible audiobooks to MP3. After several minutes, Tunelf Audio Converter will save the converted Audible books to the folder you designate. And you can click the Converted button to locate the converted Audible files in the history folder.

Part 3. Step-by-step to Add Audible Books to iPod

There are three methods available for you to complete the sync of Audible to iPod. After converting Audible AAX to MP3 or other iPod supported formats, you can follow the below three methods to sync Audible books on your Windows or Mac computer.

Three Methods Available for Audible Download to iPod:

Method 1. Move Audible books to iPod from iTunes on Windows

If you’re using a Windows computer or your operating system is macOS Mojave or earlier, iTunes would be the only choice for you to sync Audible books to iPod. Learn how to sync Audible books using iTunes on your Mac or PC.

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Step 1. Open iTunes and connect your iPod to your computer with a USB cable.

Step 2. Click the device icon in the upper-left corner of the iTunes window. 

Step 3. Open iTunes and create a new playlist for uploading Audible books by clicking File > New > Playlist.

Step 4. From the list under Settings on the left side of the iTunes window, click the type of content that you want to sync and choose Music.

Step 5. Select the checkbox next to each Audible book that you want to sync then click Apply to start syncing Audible books.

Method 2. Transfer Audible books to iPod from Finder on Mac

When you update the operating system to macOS Catalina, you can choose to use the Finder to sync Audible books to iPod. Starting with macOS Catalina, syncing with the Finder is similar to syncing with iTunes. Learn how to get Audible books on iPod using the Finder.

transfer music to ipod from finder

Step 1. Open a Finder window and connect your iPod to your computer using a USB cable.

Step 2. Your iPod appears in the sidebar of the Finder window then click the device icon to select it.

Step 3. If prompted, just choose to trust your iPod and start to select the type of content that you want to sync.

Step 4. To turn syncing on for a content type, select the checkbox next to Sync then select the checkbox next to each Audible book that you want to sync.

Step 5. Click the Apply button in the lower-right corner of the window to start syncing Audible books.

Method 3. Import Audible books to iPod using Apple Music

If you subscribe to Apple Music, you can turn on Sync Library to access your music library on Apple Music on all of your devices including the iPod. So, it is also a good method for you to sync Audible books from Apple Music to your iPod.

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Step 1. Open Apple Music on your Mac or iTunes on your Windows. 

Step 2. From the menu bar at the top of your screen, choose Music > Preferences on your Mac or Edit > Preferences on your Windows.

Step 3. Go to the General tab and for Mac users, select Sync Library to turn it on; as for Windows users, select iCloud Music Library to turn it on.

Step 4. Then transfer Audible books to Apple Music or iTunes for making Audible books sync on all of your devices.

Step 5. Go to Settings > Music on your iPod and turn on Sync Library, then download Audible books from Apple Music.


Though you can sync Audible audiobooks to iPod, there still exist some problems during the playback of Audible on iPod. If you want to listen to Audible on iPod without limit, the best choice is to convert Audible book to a playable format then play them on the iPod. Just try the above methods out for yourself.

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