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Audiobooks on Garmin GPS: Best 3 Ways to Play Audiobooks on Garmin GPS


Garmin is a multinational technology company which specializes in innovative GPS technology for automotive, aviation, marine, fitness, outdoor recreation, tracking and mobile apps. It has the best GPS for your car, motocycles or other more domains. Yes, anyone needs to be armed with GPS navigation to get directions, especially driving or hiking in unfamiliar terrain. Garmin also dedicates in wearable technology, and delivers some top-rated smartwatches like Garmin Forerunner 645 Music, which compete with Apple Watch, TomTom, and Fitbit.


In order to keep your journeys fun, some Garmin’s navigation systems are also equipped with many "must have" entertainment and travel tools including MP3 player, audio book player, and more. So how to enjoy your audiobooks on Garmin GPS devices? Here we list the best 3 ways to help you play Audible or iTunes audiobooks on your Garmin GPS navigation devices.

Play audiobooks on Garmin GPS devices

Method 1: Play Audible Audiobooks on Garmin nuvi or Drive

The GPS devices like Garmin nuvi and Garmin Drive offer a travel kit of useful travel tools like MP3 player, audiobook player from Audible.com to help keep any journey fun, that means you can play Audible audiobooks on Garmin nuvi or Drive series directly, but Audible subscription is needed. And here is the tutorial on how to play Audible File on Garmin nuvi or Drive.

From the Main Menu after powering on the Nüvi, select "Travel Kit" > "Audible Book Player".

You can locate the title in the Audible Book Player by clicking on the Browse button. Or you can search all titles by Genre, Author, or Narrator. Then press the Play button to begin enjoying your Audible selection.

Garmin Audible audiobook player

Method 2: Listen to Audible Audiobooks on Garmin GPS via Audible Manager

In addition to using travel kit on Garmin nuvi and Garmin Drive to play Audible audiobooks directly, and how to listen to the Audible audiobooks on Garmin GPS devices which has no Audible.com supported? You may have tried to copy the audiobooks to Garmin GPS via USB drive or SD card, but due to the DRM protection, you can not play the protected Audible audiobooks on the unauthorized devices. Under the circumstances, you can also use Audible Manager to load audiobooks to Garmin GPS devices without audiobook player.

Step 1Purchase the audiobooks you like from Audible and then download the audible audiobooks to computer.

Step 2Download and install Audible Manager on your Windows PC.

Step 3Connect your Garmin GPS devices to computer via USB cable.

Step 4Add your Garmin GPS device to Audible Manager. Click on "Device" > "Add New Device", then a pop-up window will be shown to list all Audible Ready devices. You can select your Garmin GPS device from the list and click "OK".

Note: A message will pop up to let you know that Audible Manager must be closed to install the component files, so please click "OK" to close the program and it will start installing a plug-in for Garmin GPS device you selected. After the installation completed, you can re-launch Audible Manager on your PC and your Garmin GPS device will be shown under Mobile Devices section from the left panel.
Add device to Audible Manager

Step 5Activate Garmin GPS device. Right-click your Garmin GPS device and click on "Activate…", then a window will pop up to let you log in your Audible account.

Activate device

Step 6Start transferring Audible audiobooks to Garmin GPS device. Now, you can select the Audible audiobooks and click "Add to Device". Then a progress bar will be shown to indicate the transferring status. After the transferring progress completed, the Audible audiobooks will be successfully transferred to your Garmin GPS device.

Add Audible audobooks to device

Method 3: Transfer Audible or iTunes Audiobooks to Garmin GPS via USB Drive or SD Card

It is highly appreciated that we are allowed to listen to Audible audiobooks though Garmin Travel Kit. It is also very convenient to transfer the audible audiobooks to your Garmin GPS devices by using Audible Manager, or using Garmin Express, USB drive or SD card to import copyright free audiobooks to Garmin GPS. However, not all Garmin GPS devices support build-in audiobook player which lets you access Audible directly, and you may also encounter the connection issue when using Audible Manager. What’s more, you are not allowed to copy the iTunes M4A or M4B audiobook to Garmin GPS due to the DRM protection.

In order to help you play Audible or iTunes audiobooks on your Garmin GPS devices with ease, and without any limitation, here we are glad to recommend an alternative way: that is to using Sidify Apple Music Converter to convert Audible or iTunes audiobooks to MP3 or M4A, then transfer the converted audiobooks to Garmin GPS devices via USB drive or SD card. And you can see the tutorial on how to convert Audible AA, AAX, or iTunes M4A, M4B audiobooks to MP3 or M4A, then using USB cable or AD card to migrate the converted audiobooks to your Garmin GPS.

Key Features of Sidify Apple Music Converter

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Sidify Apple Music Converter

  • ok Convert Apple Music/iTunes M4P to MP3/AAC/FLAC/WAV.
  • ok Preserve the quality of the original sound; Keep all ID3 Tags.
  • ok Fast Conversion Speed; Simple and innovative user interface.
  • ok Highly compatible with the latest Mac/ Windows OS and iTunes.

Things You'll Need

  • A Computer running Mac or Windows OS;
  • iTunes desktop app;
  • Sidify Apple Music Converter;
  • Garmin GPS device.

Step 1Run Sidify Apple Music Converter

Download and install Sidify Apple Music Converter on your Windows or PC, then launch this audible converter.

Main interface of Sidify Apple Music Converter

Step 2Add Audible AA, AAX or iTunes M4A, M4B Audiobooks

Click on Add music button icon on the top left corner of Sidify Apple Music Converter, then a small adding will pop up to show your iTunes library. Then click on "Audiobooks" on the left panel and select the audiobooks from the list.

Note: Before adding Audible audiobooks, you will need to authorize your Audible account through iTunes. On iTunes, you can select "Account" → "Authorization" → "Authorize Audible account" to authorize your Audible account to iTunes. Then click "File" → "Add File to Library" to import audible audiobooks to iTunes library.
Add Audiobooks tracks

Step 3Choose MP3 or AAC as the Output Format

After selecting and adding audiobooks to Sidify Apple Music Converter, you can click on Setting button button to customize the basic parameters including the output format, output quality and output path. Here you can choose AAC as the output format with the chapters kept.

Tips: Sidify Apple Music Converter also enables you to convert Apple Music songs, iTunes M4P music to MP3, AAC, WAV or FLAC.
Set output as M4A

Step 4Start Converting Audible or iTunes Audiobooks

Now you can click on "Convert" button to start converting Audible AA, AAX, or iTunes M4A, M4B audiobooks to AAC or MP3.

After the conversion is done, you can click on History button icon to find the well converted audiobooks. Finally, you can copy the converted audiobooks from computer to your Garmin GPS devices via USB drive or SD card.

Converting Audibooks

Because Garmin GPS like Garmin Nuvi 350 GPS has an in-built hard drive, so you can also connect the Garmin Nuvi 350 GPS to the computer using the supplied USB cable.

1. After connect the Garmin GPS to computer, your computer will automatically recognize it.

2. Double-click "My Computer" on the desktop and you will see your GPS's icon listed with other hard drives.

3. Double-click the GPS icon to open its window. Then drag the converted audiobooks from your computer to the open GPS window to copy them there.

Now, let's mount the GPS in your car and start listening to the audiobooks while driving.

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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