How to do this was asked in another thread.
Part of the solution was found there .
This is the method I came up with ( with some credit to others I will put below).
Download of newest version 14.3
Select “Install” & Save as.
You will also need the dbpoweramp Directshow codec which is free form the site.
Select “Codec Central” :
Then “DirectShow Decoder” under other codecs.
“DirectShow Decoder Release 2”
Download it .
You should have got the AudibleManager when you downloaded your Audible books.
I did & got the latest version:AudibleManager Version 188.8.131.52
This worked fine with the additions below.
This was made for using a version of GoldWave . Which works but it is an old trial version.
I’m not sure how long the old GoldWave trial will work. When it does it can create either .wav or .mp3 files from the .aa .
I decided to go with dbpoweramp instead . You still need a couple of files from the Audible_to_MP3_Kit.zip for dbpoweramp to be able to do the conversion.
The files are: "AudibleMediaPlayerFilter.exe " . This is an old file that used to be included with AudibleManager.
You copy this file to the “C:\Program Files\Audible” folder . But not into the main folder “Bin” or it doesn’t work correctly.
The second file you need is : “msvci70.dll” . Copy it to your " C:\Windows\System32 " folder .
- Click on the "AudibleMediaPlayerFilter.exe " "run as administrator & Select “Install” .
- Install dBpoweramp when it completes .
Right click on the downloaded “dMC-R14.3-Ref-Trial.exe” & “run as administrator”.
- Install "dBpoweramp-Codec-DirectShow.exe " .
You are done with what you need for the conversion . I already used the trial so I can only convert to .wav & a few other formats but not .mp3 . If you have not used the trial you should be able to convert to .mp3 for the 21 day trial period.
dBpoweramp still work after the trial for all but .mp3 conversion . This means you can use it for .aa file conversion to .wav permanently . Or you can purchase the dBpowramp & it will do .mp3s also.
- This is an additional step. Open the .aa file with WMP & in the small "audible.com Section Navigation " window Select the rewind button. This makes sure the book is at the beginning. Go ahead & close WMP.
- Start dBpoweramp Music Converter & open the .aa file .
- I leave all the settings for the .wav as default .Which is "uncompressed " [as source] .
- Select convert . When it completes close dBpoweramp with its’ “Finish” button.
You should now have a playable .wav file. (.mp3 file if available.)
If you just have the free after trial version of dBpoweramp there are lots of software that will convert the .wav to .mp3 . I did a conversion to .mp3 & it sounds fine. The only drawback is if you want several small .mp3s of the book for navigation you will need a software that will split the one large .mp3 into small ones.
The other method is to have a version of Nero.
What I have is Nero Express Essentials from Nero 9 .
If you have already downloaded an Audible book you can just open an .aa file with Nero.
Or if the AudibleManager is still open it has an option to Burn to CD’s with Nero.
It works the same.
Once the CD is burned & you open it . There are several .cda pointer files. These are the same as tracks on an Audio CD . This makes it easy to go to a track where you stopped to book.
I tried EAC & some other rippers . The only one that would rip the tracks as a mono .wav was dBpoweramp CD Ripper.
I set to mono both EAC & CDEX both ignored this & did a 2 channel stereo .wav file.
CDEX will do a mono .mp3 file from the CD which is what you would want if you wanted to create a Data CD
or store as smaller files.
The reason to stay mono is the original .aa file is supposed to be mono . The only program I have to confirm this is dbpoweramp when I did the “rip as source” . When a 2 channel file is created it is really just a dual mono . The mono file is also smaller.
Special thanks to those that developed the process for GoldWave without that this wouldn’t have worked. Also thanks to the one that still has the old files necessary for the process available.