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How to Convert OverDrive WMA Audiobooks to MP3s to listen on iPod/iPhone/iPad

by Edwin Liu | March 14, 2013 10:41 AM
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"I used the Overdrive Media Console to download an audio book on my computer, but when i tried to transfer the Overdrive downloaded audio book from my computer to my iPod touch to listen it in my car, it wouldn't let me transfer it and prompted Error: "The format is not compatible". Why is it? How can i figure it out?"

Some of the leading audiobooks in OverDrive digital libraries are in the DRM-protected .WMA format which can not be transferred, readed, played by a PlayForSure incompatible player such as Apple iPod, iPhone, iPad, etc., so i think it is quite possible that the audiobook you downloaded using the OMC (overdrive media console) is a protected WMA file.

The direct method to solve this problem is to convert (re-encode) the protected WMA audiobooks from Overdrive to open MP3 format. Here's how:

Step 1: Download a good DRMed WMA to MP3 conversion program. One option is the Aimersoft DRM Media Converter. This program has the ability to remove DRM from OverDrive through re-recording the original audiobooks, and save as a Non-DRM audio format like MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV, OGG, etc. Directly download Aimersoft DRM Media Converter.

Step 2: Install this program onto your computer, and launch it. Then drag & drop one or more your borrowed WMA audiobook file(s) to the window of this program to load it(them).

Step 3: Change the conversion profile to MP3 by clicking the Audio file to drop-down list. In addition, click the Settings button next to the Audio files to heading, then you can adjust the output MP3 file's Bit rate, Frame rate, Channels, etc.

Step 4. Hit the Start button to let this program start to create open MP3 files from your Overdrive WMA auiobook files. The whole process will complete in a few seconds or minutes depending on the length of the source file.


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