How to Put Audible Books on iPod Touch/Nano/Shuffle/Classic

By Ivan Scott Updated on 2023-01-05 / Update for Audiobook Tips

Does Audible work on iPod? When you try to put Audible books on iPod models, like iPod Nano, Shuffle, Touch, etc., you may encounter playback errors. You can transfer Audible books to iPod, but receive an error message saying 'the files can't be recognized'.

If so, please don't worry. You can read this article and then you'll know the real reason why Audible books won't play on iPod. Besides, you will also get professional tutorials on how to play Audible on iPod Touch, Nano, Shuffle and Classic.

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Part 1. Why Audible Not Compatible with iPod

It is well known that Apple allows Audible users to listen to audiobooks directly on their computer and with the help of iTunes will sync Audible to play on their iPod device. However, before downloading Audible books to iPod, it is important to note that most iPod models can support different audio formats with the limitation of an audio file size. Let's check the compatible Audible audio formats depending on the different iPod models and generations.

As for iPod Nano and Shuffle: In general, iPod Nano works well with Audible format 2, 3 and 4, while iPod Shuffle is compatible with Audible format 2 and 3. In addition to the audio format, Audible file size also plays a role. So you're better off downloading or cutting those audiobooks that are longer than 20+ hours before loading them to iPod Nano and Shuffle.

As for iPod Touch: You don't need to worry about the limitations we mentioned above. There is an Audible app for iOS coming to iPod Touch by default. That's to say, iPod Touch works well with any kind of Audible formats, including AA and AAX audio files.

Part 2. How to Put Audible Books on Any iPod without Limit

Audible books are not available on some older iPod devices like iPod Classic. What's more, when it comes to adding Audible books to ipod, you will encounter many limitations to prevent you from syncing audiobooks and controlling the length and encoding format of audiobooks.

To lift all the restrictions, here we will introduce a professional and effective method to help you play Audible AA/AAX books on all iPod devices smoothly. It is to use an audio converter for Audible, called AudFree Audible Book Converter to convert protected AA/AAX files to any iPod supported audio file, like MP3.

At the same time, it will retain the ID3 tags, chapters and 100% original quality of Audible books. The built-in split function allows you to split Audible books by chapter to get smaller segments that fit different iPod models. Then you are able to get Audible books on any iPod device without restrictions including iPod Nano, Shuffle, Classic and Touch.

AudFree Audible Converter

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  • Losslessly convert Audible books to MP3, FLAC, WAV, AAC and more
  • Split Audible audiobooks into smaller segments by chapter or time
  • Transfer Audible books to iPod Nano, Shuffle, Classic and Touch
  • Retain lossless audio quality and ID3 tags

How to Get Audible Books on iPod without Limit

Step 1Add Audible Files to AudFree Auditior
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Launch AudFree Audible Converter and click the first 'Add Files' button in the bottom left corner. Select Audible audio files from your iTunes library or drag and drop them into the main conversion window directly.
Step 2Set Audible Output Format for iPod
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Now, you can start clicking on the 'Format' icon to open the settings window. Here, you define the output format of Audible book as iPod compatible MP3. You can also adjust the bit rate, sample rate, channels and codecs to get better output Audible quality according to your needs.
Step 3 Edit and Split Audible Books
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Click on the 'Edit' icon next to each audiobook so you can split Audible audiobooks by chapter or time. You can also edit ID3 tags such as year, title, artist, cover, etc. Tap the 'Effect' button to set the volume, speed and pitch of Audible book.
Step 4Convert Audible Files for iPod
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When all the settings are complete, you can simply press the 'Convert' button to extract the MP3 audiobook from the Audible AA/AAX file. After that, you can click the Converted button to find the converted Audible file in the history folder to make it compatible with any iPod.

How to Add Audible Books to iPod

Step 1. Launch iTunes on your computer and add the converted Audible book to it.

Step 2. Connect your iPod device to your computer via USB cable.

Step 3. Click on the "Device" icon in the iTunes app, then touch the "Audiobooks" option to locate all Audible files synced to iTunes.

Step 4. Tap the "Sync" bar to put Audible books on your iPod for offline use.

Part 3. How to Use Audible on iPod Touch via Audible App

As Audible app is available for iOS devices officially, like iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad, there is a straightforward way to make Audible books available in Touch model. To integrate iPod Touch and Audible, please visit the Apple App Store and download the Audible app for iPod Touch. Then you can refer to the step-by-step tutorial below to get Audible books on iPod Touch.

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Step 1. Open Audible app and login your Amazon account details, like name and password.

Step 2. Navigate to the 'Library' option and access to whole audiobook library. You can start to click the item that you'd like to play.

Step 3. If you'd like to listen to Audible AA/AAX files offline, please click the 'Download' button to download books in advance.

Part 4. How to Transfer Audible Books to iPod Nano/Shuffle via iTunes

As there is no official app for Audible on iPod Shuffle and Nano, you need to get help from iTunes software to transfer Audible books to iPod. Before you start following the guidelines below, make sure you have downloaded right book format with right file size for Nano and Shuffle.

All Audible files for Mac users are saved in the iTunes library. As for Windows users, you will need to create a new Audible playlist and add Audible books to iTunes.

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Step 1. Connect your iPod Nano or Shuffle device to your computer via USB cable and launch iTunes on your computer.

Step 2. You will see the iPod model displayed in the left menu of iTunes, click on the File > Device icon to select your iPod.

Step 3. Please hit on "Audiobooks" tab in the left menu bar and select the "Sync Audiobooks" > "Selected Audiobooks" or "All Audiobooks" button to locate the Audible file you'd like to transfer.

Step 4. Finally, touch the "Apply" button to get Audible books on iPod Nano or Shuffle.

Part 5. More about Audible on iPod

Which iPods Work with Audible?

You can play Audible files on iPod Touch directly. For iPod Nano and Shuffle, if the Audible file size is appropriate, Shuffle can handle Audible format 2 and 3, while Nano supports Audible format 2, 3 and 4.

How to Play Audible on iPod Classic?

You'd better make use of AudFree Audible Converter to convert Audible books to iPod Classic supported format. After that, you have the right to transfer and play Audible files on iPod Classic or other desired iPod models.

Part 6. In Conclusion

Whether it's iPod Touch, Nano, Shuffle or Classic, you can find the right way to put Audible books on iPod in this article. It is recommended that you use AudFree Audible Converter to stream Audible audiobooks to all iPod devices without restrictions. Try to make Audible iPod work together to start a nice Audible journey.

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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