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How to Play Audiobooks on Apple Watch without iPhone

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Has anyone tried to get audiobooks onto Apple Watch so that one can listen to them while running or driving?

There are millions of audiobooks you can download from, including iTunes store or other audible websites, but they are not usually for free to download. It is an easy case to copy the downloaded DRM-free audiobook to iTunes, then sync and play them on an Apple Watch without using your iPhone to control them. But it is a bit more difficult if you want to copy and sync the DRM encrypted audiobooks like iTunes M4A, M4B or Audible AA, AAX audiobooks to Apple Watch, because the DRM protection may prevent it from being copied or synchronized to other unauthorized devices.

Play audiobooks on Apple Watch

So is there any other feasible ways can be adopted to play iTunes M4A, M4B or Audible audiobooks AA, AAX audiobooks on Apple Watch? Yes, the problem can be readily solved if the DRM protection can be removed legally.

Fortunately, an all-in-one audio converter – Sidify Apple Music Converter is specialized in removing DRM protection from iTunes or Audible DRM-ed audiobooks and converting the iTunes M4A, M4B or Audible AA, AAX audiobooks to plain audio format like M4A, M4B, in addition, it is capable of converting iTunes M4P music and Apple Music contents to DRM-free audio format including MP3, AAC, WAV or FLAC.

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Now, let’s show you guys the easy guide to remove iTunes and Audible DRM protected audiobooks, and sync the converted audiobooks to Apple Watch for easily control and playback without iPhone.

Part 1: Remove DRM Protecton from iTunes or Audible Audiobooks

Step 1: Launch Sidify Apple Music Converter

After you download and install Sidify Apple Music Converter on your PC or Mac, then launch it.

Main interfeac of Sidify Audiobook Converter

Step 2: Add iTunes or Audible DRM Protected Audiobooks

Then click Add audio icon icon to add iTunes M4A, M4B or Audible AA, AAX audiobooks to the program. Then click "OK" to check all the audiobooks you selected.

Add Audiobooks tracks

Step 3: Customize the Output Settings

After finish adding audiobooks to Sidify Apple Music Converter, you can click Setting button button to customize the output parameters like Output Path, Output format, Output quality and Conversion speed. Here you can choose M4A as the output format.Set output as M4A


Step 4: Start Converting Audiobooks

Now you can click "Convert" to start converting protected iTunes M4A, M4B or Audible AA/AAX files to M4A at 10X speed. After the conversion completed, you can click History icon button to check the unprotected auiobooks by the name suffix .m4a.

Converting Audibooks

Part 2: How to Sync the DRM-free AudioBooks to Apple Watch

Step 1: Sync the Converted Audiobooks to iPhone

Launch iTunes on your PC or Mac, then create a new playlist like "xxx Audiobooks", then drag the converted audiobooks from local file folder to iTunes audiobook playlist you newly created. Then you can use iCloud or USB cable to sync the new audiobook playlist to iPhone.

Sync msuic to iPhone Apple Music app

Step 2: Sync the Converted Audiobooks to Apple Watch

Make sure that the Apple Watch is charging and your iPhone is connected with Wi-Fi, then click Settings > Bluetooth to turn Bluetooth on. Open Apple Watch app on your iPhone, tap My Watch tab and tap Music > Add Music to choose the audiobooks playlist to sync.

Sync music to Apple Watch

Step 3: Pair Bluetooth Headphones or Speakers to Apple Watch

Put Bluetooth headphones or speakers and your Apple Watch into pairing mode and then grab your Watch and go to Settings > Bluetooth. When your headphones are shown under Devices, you can tap on your headphones to pair them.

Now it is time to play the audiobooks on your Apple Watch. Because the converted audibooks playlist was synced and your headphones paired, you can open the Music app on Apple Watch and choose any audiobook for playback while running or driving a car.

Note: The trial version of Sidify Apple Music converter has 3-minute conversion limit. If you want to unlock the time restriction, you'll need to spend just $39.95.

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