How to listen to Audible on Mac

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By Cliff Weitzman Dyslexia & Accessibility Advocate, CEO/Founder of Speechify in Audible on April 17, 2023
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    How to listen to Audible on Mac

    If you love books but find it hard to make time to sit down and read, audiobooks could be the perfect solution for you. Audible is one of the world’s largest audiobook providers, with a vast collection of titles in various genres, including fiction, non-fiction, self-help, and much more. In this article, we will explore how to listen to Audible on a Mac.

    About Audible

    Audible was founded in 1995 by Don Katz as a company that specialized in digital audio content for the Internet. Initially, the company focused on providing spoken-word recordings of books, newspapers, and magazines for listeners to download and play on their personal computers. Over time, the company evolved to become the world’s largest audiobooks platform, offering millions of audiobooks and other audio content for listeners to stream or download onto their devices.

    In 2008, Audible was acquired by Amazon and has since continued to grow, offering exclusive content, original programming, and a variety of subscription options to suit different listening preferences. Today, Audible has become a go-to destination for audiobook lovers around the world and continues to expand its offerings to provide the best listening experience for its users.

    Audible’s subscription options

    Audible Plus

    Audible Plus is a newer subscription option that offers unlimited access to a rotating selection of audiobooks, podcasts, and Audible Originals. With Audible Plus, you can stream as many audiobooks in the Audible Plus Catalog as you like without having to use credits or purchase titles individually. This option is great for listeners who want access to a wide selection of audiobooks but don’t necessarily need to own each one.

    Audible Premium Plus

    Audible Premium Plus is the most comprehensive subscription option and includes everything offered by Audible Plus. With Premium Plus, you receive one credit per month, access to the rotating selection of audiobooks and podcasts in Audible Plus, and free access to the Audible Originals selection every month. In addition, Premium Plus members receive the added benefit of unlimited access to Audible’s exclusive “Premium Plus Catalog,” which includes thousands of audiobooks and other titles not available through other Audible plans.

    Is there an Audible App for Mac?

    Unfortunately, there is no official Audible app for Mac, but there are still ways to listen to Audible on any Mac computer, including the MacBook Pro or iMac. The easiest way to play Audible content is to use the Apple Books app, which is available on all Macs running macOS 10.10 or later, including devices running MacOS 10.15 or macOS Catalina. Alternatively, you can use the Audible Cloud Player, which allows you to stream your Audible audiobooks directly from the Audible website or simply the Audible desktop website,, on Safari.

    Benefits of listening to Audible on a Mac

    There are many benefits to listening to Audible on a Mac, including the ability to enjoy your audiobooks on a larger screen and with better speakers. Also, the Apple Books app on Mac allows you to control playback speed, add bookmarks, and set a sleep timer, making it easier to manage your listening experience. Additionally, using the Audible Cloud Player means you can access your audiobooks from anywhere with an internet connection, making it easy to switch between your devices.

    Using Audible on iTunes

    Some users may prefer to listen to their audiobooks through iTunes on their Mac computers. This method allows users to easily manage their audiobook library alongside their music collection.

    Setting up Audible with iTunes

    To get started, users must first activate their Audible account and download the Audible app on their iOS devices. Then, they need to download their audiobooks onto their device through the Audible app.

    Next, users must connect their iOS device to their Mac computer using a USB cable. Once connected, open iTunes on the computer and click on the device icon in the top left corner.

    Under the “Settings” tab, click on “Books” and ensure that the “Sync Audiobooks” option is selected. Then, select the audiobooks that you want to transfer to your iTunes library and click “Apply.”

    The audiobooks from your Audible library will now be available in the “Audiobooks” section of your iTunes library, where you can manage and organize them as desired. To listen to an audiobook, simply select it from the library page and click the Play button. You can also adjust the playback speed and output format from the menu bar at the top of the screen.

    DRM protection

    It’s important to note that DRM (digital rights management) protection may prevent some audiobooks from being transferred to iTunes. In this case, users may need to use an audible converter tool, such as OpenAudible, to convert Audible audiobooks from the Audible Aax format to a compatible format before importing them into iTunes.

    How to access audible on other devices

    Audible for Android, iPhone or iPad

    To listen to Audible on your Android, iPad, or iPhone, you’ll need to download the Audible app from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. Once you have installed the app, log in with your Audible account details, and you can start browsing and listening to audiobooks right away. The app also allows you to download audiobooks for offline listening, so you can enjoy them even when you’re not connected to the internet.

    Audible for PC

    To listen to Audible on your PC, you can use the Audible app for Windows 10, which is available from the Microsoft Store. Once you have installed the app, log in with your Audible account details, and you can start browsing and listening to audiobooks. Alternatively, you can use the Audible Cloud Player, which allows you to stream audiobooks directly from the Audible desktop site and can be accessed through your preferred browser, such as Chrome.

    Speechify Audiobooks

    Speechify Audiobooks features a library of over 70,000+ titles across various genres, making it the perfect choice for people of all ages who love listening to their books. Whether you’re looking for a romance read, mysterious crime detective story, scary horror novel, light-hearted children’s book, sci-fi thriller, New York Times best-seller, or new release, Speechify has something for everyone with thousands of the best books. Try Speechify Audiobooks today on either the iPhone or Android app by visiting the Google Play or App Store and get instant access to thousands of public domain audiobooks and your first premium audiobook for free when you sign up.


    Can I use Audible on Kindle?

    Yes, to use Audible on Kindle, you will need to have an Amazon account and an Audible account. If your Kindle device supports the Audible app, you can download it from the Amazon Appstore and sign in with your Audible account credentials to access your audiobooks. If your Kindle has built-in Audible playback functionality, you can purchase and download Audible audiobooks directly from the Kindle store and listen to them on your device.

    Can I use Audible on my iPod?

    If you have an iPod touch or a newer model of iPods, you can use the Audible app to listen to audiobooks from Audible. The Audible app is available for free on the App Store and can be downloaded and installed on your iPod. It’s worth noting that older models of iPod that do not support apps or that have limited storage capacity may not be able to run the Audible app or store large audiobook files. In this case, you may need to use a different device, such as a smartphone or tablet, to listen to your audiobooks from Audible.

    Which Apple devices can I use Audible on?

    You can use Audible on a variety of Apple devices, including:

    1. iPhone: Audible is compatible with all iPhone models that run iOS 10.0 or later.

    2. iPad: Audible is compatible with all iPad models that run iOS 10.0 or later.

    3. iPod touch: Audible is compatible with the iPod touch (6th generation) and later models.

    4. Mac: Audible is compatible with Mac computers running macOS 10.10 or later.

    5. Apple Watch: Audible is compatible with the Apple Watch Series 3 and later models.

    How do I download Audible books?

    You can download Audible books for offline listening by following these steps:

    1. Open the Audible app on your device or go to the Audible website on your computer.

    2. Sign in to your Audible account.

    3. Browse or search for the audiobook you want to download.

    4. If using the Audible app, tap on the cover of the audiobook to bring up its information page. If using the website, click on the title of the audiobook to access its information page.

    5. On the information page, you’ll see a “Download” or “Add to Library” button. Tap or click on this button to start the download.

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