How to Burn Audible to CD [Top 3 Ways]

By Ivan Scott Updated on 2023-03-24 / Update for Audiobook Tips

It is an easy job to burn audiobooks to CD as there are many free CD burning tools available online that can get the work done in seconds. But when it comes to AA/AAX Audible books, the situation is different. Since they are encoded in special format, Audible books cannot be copied and burned to CD as easily as common audiobook files.

As you probably know, iTunes is the only licensed software that can burn Audible to CD. But if you don't like iTunes, there are lternative ways to put Audible to CD without iTunes. How? This article will show you three viable ways to burn Audible books to CD with iTunes or other third-party CD burners.

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Part 1. How to Burn Audible Books to CD with iTunes

The advantage of using iTunes to burn Audible books on CD is that no additional software is required. The burning process will be very smooth and without any difficulties. Here are the necessary requirements and all the steps to burn Audible CD.


✔ Computer with a disk drive.

✔ The latest version of the iTunes app is installed.

✔ Download Audible audiobooks to your computer.

✔ Authorize an Audible account in iTunes.

✔ Have a blank audio CD as a container instead of an MP3 disc or DVD.

How to Authorize Audible Accounts in iTunes

Step 1. Launch the Audible application on your desktop and click on Library.

Step 2. It will ask you to authorize your computer, click "Yes" in the pop-up window.

itunes authorize mac

Step 3. Enter your Audible login information and click on the "Activate in iTunes" button.

authorize audible accounts in itunes

Step 4. Now, the Audible books you downloaded will be saved in the Audiobooks section of iTunes.

How to Put Audible Books on CD

Step 1. open iTunes, click File menu > Add File to Library.

add audible to itunes library

Step 2. Right-click the title of the audiobook you want to burn, and then click Add to Playlist > New Playlist.

create new playlist

Step 3. Now insert the blank disc into your computer's CD drive. Then right-click the newly created playlist and click the Burn Playlist to Disc option.

burn audible to cd with itunes

Step 4. After the pop-up window appears, you can customize the burning settings. It is highly recommended to set the burning speed to 8X, the disc format to Audio CD, and the gap between songs to None.

Step 5. Click "Burn" button to start burning Audible to CD with iTunes.

set burning settings

📝 Note: Each Audible audiobook can only be burned to CD once on iTunes. If your audiobook is longer than 80 minutes, iTunes will need a second CD to complete the burning process. So you'd better prepare some extra CDs in advance.

Part 2. How to Burn Audible Book to CD with Audible Manager

Actually, Audible Manager is for users to manage Audible content, including purchased and downloaded books. It is similar to iTunes for Windows, a bit outdated, but works well. Then you are allowed to use Audible Manager to download audible books to CD, and the whole process can be time-consuming.


✔ Audible Manager version 3.6 or later.

✔ Blank CD-R or CD-R/W.

✔ Download Audible books on PC.

How to Convert Audible to CD 

Step 1. Click "File" at the top of Audible Manager and click "Add Audio Files".

Step 2. From the "Look in" bar, select the Audible AA/AAX folder, and then tap Import.

audible to cd with audible manager

Step 3. The downloaded Audible project will be displayed on the main screen of Audible Manager.

Step 4. Install the Nero burning ROM on your computer and then activate the Nero plug-in on Audible Manager.

Step 5. Now you are ready to burn Audible books to CD with Nero.

Please refer to this official help document: Burning CD with Audible Manager .

📝 Note: When converting audiobooks to CD in Audible Manager, you can only burn approximately 74 minutes of audio per CD.

Part 3. How to Burn Audible to CD without iTunes

The above two methods only allow you to burn Audible books to CD once, mainly because of Audible's digital rights management. To remove this limitation, you need to use a third-party tool to remove Audible protection. Here, we find the top AudFree Audible Converter, which can completely break the Audible format encryption while converting Audible AA/AAX to MP3, AAC, WAV, and other formats that can be burned to CDs.

What makes this tool unique is that it batch converts Audible at a super fast 30X speed. With the built-in splitter, it lets you split large Audible audiobooks into smaller parts by chapters or fixed time ranges. In addition, it retains ID3 tags and chapter information in the output file without loss. In turn, you have the freedom to convert original Audible to CD with ease.

AudFree Audible Converter

AudFree DRM Audio Converter
  • Get rid of format encryption from Audible audiobooks
  • Convert Audible AA/AAX to MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, M4A, etc.
  • Keep original ID3 tags, metadata and chapter info
  • Split large audiobooks into small segments by chapters
  • Work with other audios, like iTunes, Apple Music, etc.

Now, please meet the following conditions in order to burn Audible CD with the assistance of AudFree Audible Converter.


Now, please meet the following conditions in order to burn Audible CD with the assistance of AudFree Audible Converter.

✔ A computer with a disk drive.

✔ Blank CD or DVD.

✔ AudFree Audible Converter installed on your computer.

✔ WMP/VLC player on PC.

How to Download and Convert Audible Books for CD

Step 1Add Audible books to AudFree Audio Converter
add audible audiobooks to audfree audio converter
First of all, launch AudFree Audible Converter, then directly drag the Audible audiobooks into the converter main window. Or click the first Add button in the lower left corner to load the target Audible file you want to burn to CD.
Step 2Set Audible output format for CD
set audible output format for cd
Simply click the 'Format' icon at the bottom right. Then you'll access to the Format Settings window where you can set the Audible output format as MP3, M4A, AAC, FLAC, WAV or M4B for CD. If you want to keep the original quality of the books, make sure you've selected the option of 'Keep lossless quality' in this window.
Step 3Convert Audible audiobooks for CD
convert audible books for cd
Now click 'Convert' from the right corner and then it will begin removing locks from the audiobooks in the queue. Wait till the conversion completes. After that, you can find the converted Audible books on your computer locally compatible with CD.

How to Burn Audible Audiobook to CD 

Congratulations, you have successfully converted Audible to CD supported common format, you can copy Audible book to CD using Windows Media Player or VLC Media Player now.

On Windows Media Player

Step 1. Insert a blank CD into your computer and open Windows Media Player.

Step 2. Click the "Playlist" panel to create a new playlist, drag the downloaded Audible files to this playlist.

Step 3. Click the "Burn" button on the top right and drag the target Audible book to the "Burn List" on the right.

Step 4. Click the "Start Burn" button to burn Audible to CD.

audible to cd with wmp

On VLC Media Player

Step 1. Launch VLC Media Player, click "View" and "Playlist" from the top menu.

Step 2. Create a new playlist to add the converted Audible audiobooks.

Step 3. Select "Media", then click "Convert/Save" option.

Step 4. Hit on the "Disc" button and insert your CD into the CD-ROM drive.

Step 5. Click Audio CD > Browse to select the inserted CD, and then click the "Convert/Save" button.

Step 6. Tap "Browse" to select the Audible file and click the "Convert/Save" button again to start the burning process.

burn cd from audible via vlc

Part 4. Conclusion

This article summarizes three ways to burn Audible to CD with or without iTunes. On the whole, you'd better use AudFree Audible Converter to download unprotected Audible books locally. In turn, you can easily burn Audible to CD without losing any audio quality. Then have fun in Audible CD burning tour.

Ivan Scott

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Ivan Scott, an audiobook enthusiast with a passion for writing. He keeps up with information and tech skills related to iTunes and Audible audiobooks, and shares them with readers.

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