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Offline Daniel

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Is there a free way to remove the DRM from Audible books?
« on: June 19, 2020, 01:02:51 PM »
I signed up for an Audible account only to find that the books can't be played on my Mac. I contacted Audible customer service and they basically said it's a problem on Apple's end and I'd need to contact Apple. I haven't done that yet but maybe I will.

In the meantime, I'd like to listen to the book. I do see that there is software available that supposedly can remove the DRM, but all such software that I've found costs money.

Does anyone know if there's a way to do this free of cost? You'd think someone would have written a simple open source command line tool. But then again, I don't know the first thing about DRM.
 

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Re: Is there a free way to remove the DRM from Audible books?
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2020, 04:52:23 PM »
So I completely forgot to contact Apple, though I doubt it would have done much good.

Anyway, I decided to just go with OpenAudible, which, stranegly enough, is shareware, not open source. (I think it started off as open source, and then they never changed the name.) It doesn't let you convert to mp3 without a license, but the license was only $12.00 so not too bad. Worked great at what I needed it for.
 

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Re: Is there a free way to remove the DRM from Audible books?
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2020, 04:59:13 PM »
Great! Thanks for info.
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Re: Is there a free way to remove the DRM from Audible books?
« Reply #3 on: Today at 06:36:49 PM »
Unfortunately, I just found out that we aren't allowed to purchase audiobooks through Audible unless we agree not to bypass the DRM (listed as number iv under "Content Restrictions") :(
 

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Re: Is there a free way to remove the DRM from Audible books?
« Reply #4 on: Today at 06:52:36 PM »
Darn!
In conclusion, I can leave you with no better advice than that given after every sermon by Msgr Vincent Giammarino, who was pastor of St Michael’s Church in Atlantic City in the 1950s:

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Re: Is there a free way to remove the DRM from Audible books?
« Reply #5 on: Today at 08:50:26 PM »
I'm tempted to just ignore the Conditions and do it anyway. But I think that might constitute lying. (Clicking "I agree" when I don't actually agree...) I don't know. Guess I'll hold off on it for now.