How to Play Audible on MP3 Player (Step-by-Step Guide)

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Takeaways first

1. The 4 methods mentioned in this post will help you play Audible books on MP3 player easily, whether they are Audible-compatible players or not.

2. If you have Audible-compatible MP3 players, simply download your books to your Windows computer and transfer Audible to an Audible-compatible MP3 player.

3. If you don't have an Audible-compatible MP3 player (most of us don't, right?), the best and easiest way is to convert Audible to MP3 format and then transfer it to your MP3 player via USB cable.

Can I play Audible on MP3 player? I don't have the Audible compatible player and I am going to buy one.

As an Audiobooks lover, I have purchased a lot of Audible audiobooks. I know I can play Audible on Android or iPhone, but compared to playing Audible on a mobile device, I prefer playing Audible on MP3 players. Why? Playing Audible on an MP3 player provides a focused, portable, and reliable listening experience.

Today, I will introduce different ways to play Audible on MP3 player, whether they are Audible-compatible MP3 players or not. So if you are interested in playing your own Audible books on MP3 player, you should not miss it.

 play audible on mp3 player

Part 1 3 Ways to Play Audible on MP3 player -- Audible Compatible MP3 Players

Check if your MP3 players are Audible Compatible MP3 Players or not?

Although Audible claims that Audible is compatible with hundreds of devices from mp3 players to the latest and greatest phones and tablets, the fact is that you will find a few audible ready mp3 players. Let's see the list of Audible compatible MP3 players at first.

List of Audible compatible mp3 players

    Audible Compatible MP3 Players are listed here:

  • SanDisk Clip Jam MSC
  • Bones Milestone 312
  • Victor Reader Stream MSC 2
  • SanDisk Clip Sport Plus
  • SanDisk Clip Sport Go
  • Bones Milestone 212


From above list, you will find that the most popular MP3 players such as sonos, Sandisk, Zen Player, Sony Walkman are not on this list. So if your MP3 players is not in the audible compatible MP3 player list, just skip to the how to play Audible on any MP3 player.

Anyway, if you happen to have any of these Audible compatible MP3 player, please use the following 3 different methods to transfer and play Audible on audible compatible mp3 player.

Method 1. Play Audible on MP3 player using Audible Manager

Step 1 Install Audible Manager

Download and install Audible Manager.

Note: there is only Windows version for Audible manager. So if you are on Mac platform, this method will not work for you. So transferring drm-free mp3 audible file via USB will help you transfer your audible files from Mac to any mp3 player.

Step 2 Add MP3 player to Audible Manager

Plug your MP3 player into your computer at first. Open Audible Manager, you will see Devices at the top toolbar. Click on Device-->> Add New Device, Audible Manager Mobile Device Update window will pop up.

 add mp3 player to audible manager

In this new window, you will see all Audible Ready devices.

 add mp3 player to audible manager

Select your device and click on "ok" button. Now you will received a message asking that Audible Manager must be closed to install all the component files. Click on " OK" button to close the program. The Audible Manager will install a plug-in for the device you selected. When the component file has been installed successfully, the Audible Manager will close automatically. When you restart it, you will see your device under the Mobile Devices section located in the bottom left corner.

Step 3 Activate your MP3 Player

Find your device under the Mobile Devices section, right click it and select Activate. Then you have to enter your Audible account information to finish the activation.

 activate Mp3 Player

Step 4 Transfer Audible to MP3 player

When you have activated your MP3 player, you can transfer Audible audiobooks to your MP3 player. Ensure you have selected your MP3 player, and then the Audible book you want to play on MP3 player. Then click on "+Add to Device" in the upper right corner.

 transfer audible to mp3 player

A progress bar will show you the transferring status. Once finished, your Audible audiobook will be transferred to your MP3 player successfully. Now you can play Audible books on audible compatible MP3 player.

Method 2. Transfer Audible to MP3 Player with Audible Windows 10 App(Not work anymore)

Updated 2022: The Audible app for Windows has been discontinued in 2022. If you still have not installed this software, this method will not work for you.

Beyond the above method, if you are on Windows 10 platform, here I want to share the easiest way to play audible books on audible compatible mp3 player.

Step 1 Download and Install Audible for Windows 10 app.

 download audible for windows 10 app

Step 2 Launch Audible for windows 10, and connect mp3 player to your computer.

Step 3 Once the mp3 player connected, audible app will recognize it.

Step 4 To transferring audible books, you can click on menu icon(...) to show all the options. Then click on " Add to ...". Or you can just drag the audible book over to the device icon on the screen.

 transfer audible to mp3 player

Step 5 A new window will pop up. Just click on "ok", then enter your audible account information, and finally click on "Activate" to your audible account for the mp3 player.

audible windows 10 activate

Then the transferring will start. Once finished, a prompted window will show the message.

transfer audible to mp3 windows 10

Note: The activation process only for the first time transferring. If you have activated your audible on this device before, you will skip this step when transferring audible books next time.

Method 3: Transfer and play Audible on MP3 Player via AudibleSync

With the discontinuation of Audible Windows 10, Audible has released a new app called AudibleSync for listening to and transferring Audible books to an MP3 player. Similar to other Audible apps, AudibleSync can only transfer Audible books to Audible-compatible MP3 players. However, it is not very effective in most cases. If you manage to get it to work properly, it can assist you in transferring Audible books to an MP3 player, enabling you to listen to your Audible books on Audible-compatible MP3 players. I've already provided instructions on how to transfer Audible to MP3 with AudibleSync.

Step 1 Download and install Audiblesync.

Step 2 Launch AudibleSync, connect your Audible compatible MP3 player to your computer. Now click on the device icon at the left side and then click on “Activate Device” button to activate your MP3 player.

audiblesync activate mp3 player

Step 3 Now click on "Download" button to download your audible files first. Then click on “Copy to Device” to transfer the selected audible book to your Audible comptaible mp3 player.

audiblesync transfer audible to mp3 player

For more knowledge about Audiblesync, please read AudibleSync to learn the details.

Ultimate Guide: Play Audible on MP3 Player with No Limitation (Support Audible Compatible or non-Compatible Players)

Do you have Audible compatible mp3 player? What if I don't have any audible compatible mp3 player? In this case, you should convert your audible aax files to mp3 format which is supported by almost all mp3 players.

To do this, you will need Epubor Audible Converter which enables you to download Audible from Audible library to your computer, convert Audible books to DRM-free MP3 files so that you can listen Audible on any MP3 player.

Step 1 Download and install Epubor Audible Converter.

Download the Epubor Audible Converter for free:

Step 2 Download Audible to your computer and convert Audible to MP3.

Launch Epubor Audible Converter, click "Log in" button at the top-left corner, and then choose your Audible region and sign in with your Amazon account.

log in audible

Then your Audible library will be loaded into Epubor Audible converter.

Drag and drop the Audible books to the right side, and click on “Convert to mp3" button to initiate the downloading and converting process.

convert audible books to mp3

Click on the "Open" button located at the top area to open the folder where your converted audible MP3 files are stored.

Step 3 Transfer DRM free audible mp3 files to your MP3 player for playing.

Now connect your MP3 player to your computer, and then copy and paste your converted DRM-free Audible audiobook to your MP3 player. From now on, you can listen to your own Audible books freely and easily.

FAQs on Playing Audible on MP3

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is Sony Walkman compatible with Audible? Can I play Audible on Sony Walkman?

A: It depends on the operation system of your Sony Walkman mp3 players. 
If your Sony Walkman is running Android system and supports Audible app. You can just download Audible App from Google Play store and install it on your App. You can login to your Audible account and then play audible on Sony Walkman mp3 player. 
If your Sony Walkman is not running android system and not compatible with the Audible app. It is better to download your Audible as mp3 format and transfer the Audible MP3 files to Sony Walkman mp3 player. 

Q: How to activate Audible on MP3 player?

A: To play Audible on Audible compatible mp3 players, you need to activate your mp3 player  in the audible manager or AudibleSync  before you can use it to listen to Audible content. The Audible Manger and the Audiblesync only works on Windows computer, what can I do if I have a Mac?  To copy files using macOS, the MP3 player must be activated on Windows.  To activate MP3 player, please launch Audiblesync and connect your mp3 player to your computer, then click "Activate  Device".  Content can be copied to the MP3 player by drag and dropping to the Audible folder on the player once activated.

Q: Can I tranfer Audible books to a USB? 

A: You can download Audible books to your computer if your Audible books have the download  option. However, the downloaded Audible books are all in aax format and protected by the audible drm. You can transfer Audible books to a usb, but you cannot play it.  

Q: What's the best Audible mp3 player?

A: There are many excellent mp3 players over there. You can find the best 5 Audible mp3 player here.

Now I am sure you can play Audible books on any MP3 player of your choice.

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