How to Listen to Audible on a PC
Audible is one of the best international audiobook subscription services around. Not only do they have a comprehensive library of books, podcasts, and other audio materials, but they also provide original content.
If you have an Audible membership, you might have gotten used to listening to audiobooks on your mobile device while you’re out and about. But when you’re home, it can be much more comfortable to listen to a book on your PC.
Fortunately, Audible offers this option to its users. In this article, we’ll explain how to listen to Audible on a PC and answer all the common questions related to the subject.
How to Listen to Audible on PC
First things first, you need to have an Audible membership. It’s also important to keep in mind that the method you’ll use to listen to a great Audible book on PC will depend on your computer’s operating system.
The good news is that Audible has thought of almost all types of users and continuously updates ways they can listen to audio material.
How to Listen to Audible on Windows
If your PC runs on Windows 10, you can listen to Audible by downloading the free app from the Microsoft Store. It’s an official Audible app for Windows 10, which will allow you to easily sync all of your Audible bookmarks, notes, and everything else from other devices you use for listening to books.
The app provides chapter navigation, allows you to manage your library, and can change the listening speed. It works in the exact same way as the mobile apps. You can listen to it over Wi-Fi or in offline mode, and you can choose dark or light mode.
When you download the app, you will be prompted to sign in to your Audible account. If you don’t have one, you can create an account from the Audible app too. After that, you’ll find the app in your Start Menu, and you can create a shortcut for your desktop.
Another option is to download the AudibleSync app for Windows 10 from the Audible webpage. This will allow you to download AAX files directly to your computer that you can play in offline mode in a supporting media player. You will also have the option to convert the AAX file extension to MP3 and play it on any Windows media player.
Unfortunately, neither of these apps support Windows 8.1 or 7. You might have luck with finding an old version of Audible Download Manager online and using it to play audiobooks. This software has a simplified interface, but it could do the trick if you don’t need any additional features.
How to Listen to Audible on macOS?
When it comes to listening to your favorite Audible books on macOS, the most straightforward way is to use the Apple Books app.
You can download it from here to your computer if you don’t already have it. Keep in mind that this is available for macOS 10.15 Catalina version and newer. Older versions of macOS can use iTunes to access Audible books offline. If you’re using macOS, all you have to do is:
- Sign in to your Audible account on the web.
- Go to your “Library.”
- Select the title you want to listen to and click “Download” on the right.
- When the book is downloaded, click on it, and it will launch with either iTunes or Apple Books.
Note: If you’re downloading an Audible audiobook to your Apple Books for the first time, you will have to authorize your account first.
Here’s how to do it:
- Open Apple Books and select “Store.”
- Select “Authorizations” and then “Authorize This Computer.”
- When a pop-up message appears, click on “Yes.”
- Sign in with your Audible details.
- Now, select “File” and then “Add to Library.”
- Find the audiobook file on your computer and click on it.
Apple Books and iTunes are great ways to listen to audiobooks offline, but they don’t have the full features you can find in the iOS Audible mobile app.
1. How Do I Play an AAX File on My PC?
AAX is short for Audible Enhanced Audiobook, and it is a file extension designed by Audible. These files contain audio, links, images, videos, and a timeline. When you download an AAX file to your Windows or macOS PC, all you have to do is click on it, and it will start to play.
But you need a media player that supports this file extension. Mac users won’t have an issue with this because Apple Books and iTunes support AAX. Windows users can use iTunes as well. Some older versions of the Windows Media Player also support AAX files.
However, if you have a different type of media player on your Windows PC, you might have to convert the AAX file to another file format, such as MP3. You can use one of the audio files online converters to do so. The process is usually fast, and then you can play your audiobook on the media player of your choice.
2. How Can I Listen to Audible Using My Sonos Device?
Sonos is one of the best home audio systems with high-quality speakers and an extensive streaming library. You can use it for Spotify, Pandora, and even Audible.
In order to enjoy listening to an audiobook with excellent sound quality with Sonos, you first have to download both Sonos and the Audible app on your mobile device.
Next, you have to ensure that your Sonos speakers are connected to the same wireless network as your mobile device. Then follow these steps:
• Open Audible and go to “Library.”
• Select the audiobook you wish to play on Sonos.
• From the “Player” screen, select “Connect to a Device.”
• Select Sonos from the list of devices.
The first time you connect these devices, you’ll have to authorize your Audible account. When it’s time to play the audiobook, you will be prompted to select “I agree” for the authorization.
If it’s already authorized, all you need to do is select the room where you want Audible to play the book.
3. How Do I Listen to Audiobooks on My PC?
There are several ways you can listen to audiobooks on your PC, depending on which operating system you’re using. You can find the explanation in the sections above.
However, there is one way you can listen to audiobooks on your PC without having to download any apps on your computer. This option is possible with Audible Cloud Player.
As the name implies, this is a cloud-based player, and you can use it on any browser on your PC. Essentially, this is a player that allows the streaming of Audible audiobooks on your computer.
When you log into your Audible account on the web and go to your library, you will be able to see the “Listen now” option next to the title. By clicking on it, you will launch Audible Cloud Player in a new window.
Note: This option is only available for online streaming, so you need to have a stable internet connection for it to work. There is no offline mode.
4. Can You Listen to Audible on Any Computer?
The answer is yes. You can listen to Audible in several different ways on any computer, including PC and laptop.
You will need to have an internet connection at least temporarily to download the apps and audiobooks to your computer. And you will need to be connected to the internet to use Audible Cloud Player to listen to audiobooks.
5. How Do I Play Audible?
Audible is compatible with many devices. The most common way users listen to Audible is via the mobile app on their smartphones or tablets. But you can play Audible on Kindle or Alexa.
You can even listen to Audible on the Waze app in your car by going to Settings>Audio Player>Your Apps and selecting Audible. Make sure to have it on your mobile device first, though. Finally, you can always play Audible on your computer.
6. Does Audible Offer Free Trial?
Yes, you can sign up for the Audible 30-day free trial before making a commitment to membership. If you choose to stay on, the subscription is $14.95 per month.
You can also sign up for an annual plan that costs $149.50 per year. For Amazon Prime members, Audible is free, but there is a limit to how many books you can access.
Enjoying a Good Audiobook on Your PC With Audible
Audible has provided many ways subscribers can access their audiobooks, even though they encourage mobile apps as the most compatible devices. The audiobook service is easily integrated across platforms, and it’s likely that number will continue to grow.
PC users who want to have their audiobooks stored have the option to do so by downloading the media player that supports the AAX file extension.
An easier route is to access the cloud-based player and listen. But that’s for streaming only. You might also need to convert the AAX file to another extension if you want to listen to books on your PC.
How do you prefer listening to Audible? Let us know in the comments section below.