If you’re looking to remove DRM from your iTunes music, here’s a handy guide on how to do it.
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Why you might want to remove DRM from iTunes music
If you’re like many people, you probably have a lot of music stored in iTunes. And if you’ve purchased any of that music from the iTunes Store, it’s likely that the songs are protected by DRM (digital rights management). This means that you can only play those songs on authorized devices, such as your computer or your iPod.
However, there are a few ways to remove the DRM from iTunes music so that you can play it on any device you want. In this article, we’ll show you how to do just that. Read on to find out more.
How to remove DRM from iTunes music
There are a number of reasons why you might want to remove DRM from your iTunes music. Maybe you want to play your music on a non-Apple device, or maybe you want to make sure that your music is backed up in a format that won’t become obsolete in the future. Whatever your reasons, there are a few different ways that you can go about removing DRM from your iTunes music.
The first thing to know is that there are two different types of DRM: Apple FairPlay and Microsoft DRM. Apple’s FairPlay DRM is used for music, TV shows, and movies purchased from the iTunes Store, while Microsoft’s DRM is used for music purchased from the Microsoft Store. If you’re not sure which type of DRM your music has, the easiest way to check is to look at the file extension: FairPlay-protected files have an .m4p extension, while files with Microsoft DRM have an .m4a extension.
If all of your music is inFairPlay-protected files, then you can use Apple’s own iCloud Music Library feature to remove the DRM. To do this, first make sure that iCloud Music Library is turned on in iTunes (it should be by default). Then, open the Preferences window and go to the “Files” tab. Make sure that “Cloud Download” and “Cloud Upload” are both checked; if they’re not, check them and then click “OK.”
Once iCloud Music Library is turned on, all of your FairPlay-protected files will be uploaded to iCloud — and when they’re uploaded, the DRM will be removed. You can then download them again without the DRM protection (assuming that you have an active internet connection). Keep in mind that this method will only work for songs; it won’t work for movies or TV shows.
If some of your music is in files with Microsoft’s DRM protection, then you’ll need to use a third-party tool to remove it. One popular tool for removing Microsoft DRM is TuneFab Apple Music Converter; there are others as well, but this one is fairly simple to use and it works with both Macs and PCs. Once you’ve downloaded and installed TuneFab Apple Music Converter (or whichever tool you choose), open it up and select the tracks that you want to remove DRM from. Then click “Convert,” select an output format (MP3 is probably easiest), and click “OK.” The conversion process will take a few minutes depending on how many tracks you’re converting, but once it’s done your tracks will be saved as regular MP3 files — free of any DRM protection.
What to do with your DRM-free iTunes music
Now that you’ve figured out how to remove DRM from your iTunes music, you might be wondering what to do with all of that DRM-free music. Here are a few things you can do:
-Create a new iTunes library: If you want to start fresh with your DRM-free music, you can create a new iTunes library. This is a good option if you want to keep your old iTunes library intact.
-Add your DRM-free music to your existing iTunes library: If you don’t mind mixing your DRM-protected and DRM-free music together, you can add your DRM-free tracks to your existing iTunes library.
-Create separate libraries for different types of music: If you have a lot of different types of music (e.g., MP3s, AAC files, etc.), you can create separate libraries for each type. This way, you can keep your main iTunes library for DRM-protected music and use another one solely for your DRM-free tracks.
How to keep your DRM-free iTunes music safe
With the recent announcement that Apple is phasing out DRM-free music from iTunes, many people are wondering how to keep their music safe. If you have songs that are not DRM-protected, you can use a number of methods to keep them safe andmake sure they continue to play on your devices.
One way to keep your music safe is to create a backup. You can do this by exporting your library to a file or copying it to an external drive. This will ensure that you have a copy of your music that is not dependent on iTunes.
Another way to keep your music safe is to use a service that specializes in DRM-removal. These services can strip the DRM from your music so that it can be played on any device. This is an especially good option if you want to use your music with a non-Apple device, such as an Android phone or a Windows computer.
You can also choose to purchase DRM-free music from other sources, such as Amazon or Google Play. These stores offer songs that are not restricted by DRM, so you can play them on any device. This is a good option if you want to purchase new music, as it will not be impacted by the changes to iTunes.
What to do if you can’t remove DRM from iTunes music
There are a few things you can do if you can’t remove DRM from your iTunes music. One is to try a different program, such as NoteBurner iTunes DRM Audio Converter, which is specifically designed to remove DRM from iTunes music. Another is to contact Apple customer support and see if they can help you remove the DRM. Finally, you can try downloading a song or album again from iTunes and see if that works.
How to tell if your iTunes music has DRM
To check if your iTunes music has DRM, open iTunes and select a track. Right-click on the track and select Get Info. If the option for Kind is missing, or if it says “Protected AAC audio file,” your music has DRM.
What types of iTunes music can be DRM-free
While all iTunes music used to be DRM-protected, Apple now sells DRM-free music tracks. This means that you can play them on any device, without having to use iTunes. You can also Burn them to CDs, and sync them with non-Apple devices. The following types of iTunes music can be DRM-free:
-iTunes Plus songs: These are songs that have been upgraded to DRM-free versions. They will have the “Plus” sign next to them in iTunes.
-iTunes LP and Extras: These are full albums that come with special features like liner notes, videos, and bonus tracks. They will have the “LP” or “Extras” sign next to them in iTunes.
-iTunes Pass: This is a subscription service that gives you access to all of the DRM-free music on iTunes.
How to find DRM-free iTunes music
iTunes is one of the most popular music libraries, however, all of the songs in your iTunes are DRM protected. This means that you can only play these songs on devices that are authorized with your Apple ID. In this article, we will show you how to find and remove DRM from iTunes music.
Most of the songs that you download from iTunes are in the AAC format, which is a protected file format. This means that you can only play these files on authorized devices. In order to remove the DRM protection from AAC files, you need to use a third-party application such as NoteBurner Apple Music Converter.
NoteBurner Apple Music Converter is a professional DRM removal tool for iTunes. It can help you remove DRM from iTunes M4P songs and Apple Music tracks. With this tool, you can convert M4P to MP3, AAC, FLAC or WAV format with lossless quality.
How to burn DRM-free iTunes music to a CD
If you have music in your iTunes library that you’ve purchased from the iTunes Store, you might want to burn those songs to a CD so you can listen to them on any CD player. To do that, you need to first remove the DRM (Digital Rights Management) from those songs. Here’s how:
1. Open your iTunes library and find the song or album that you want to burn to a CD.
2. Right-click (or Control-click on a Mac) on the song or album and select “Get Info.”
3. In the resulting window, click on the “File” tab.
4. You’ll see a field labeled “Kind” with the file type listed next to it (such as “AAC audio file”).
5. Below that is a checkbox labeled “Part of a compilation.” If that checkbox is checked, uncheck it and click “OK.”
6. The song or album will now be DRM-free and you can burn it to a CD.
FAQs about removing DRM from iTunes music
Q: What is DRM?
A: Digital Rights Management (DRM) is a type of technology used by content providers, like iTunes, to protect their copyrighted material from being illegally copied. When you purchase a song or movie from iTunes, the content is downloaded with DRM controls that limit how you can use that file. For example, you may be able to play the file on your computer but not copy it to another device.
Q: Why would I want to remove DRM from my iTunes music?
A: There are a few reasons why you might want to remove DRM from your iTunes music. Maybe you want to play your songs on a non-Apple device, like an Android phone or MP3 player. Or perhaps you’re worried about what will happen to your music if Apple ever goes out of business. Removing the DRM protection gives you more flexibility in how you use your music files.
Q: How do I remove DRM from my iTunes music?
A: You can use a program like TuneFab Apple Music Converter to remove the DRM from your iTunes music. TuneFab Apple Music Converter is a tool that strips the DRM protection from iTunes songs, allowing you to play your music on any device that supports MP3 files. The program is available for both Windows and Mac computers.
Q: Is it legal to remove DRM from my iTunes music?
A: It depends on where you live and how you plan to use the files. In some countries, it may be perfectly legal to remove the DRM protection from iTunes songs. In other countries, it may be considered an act of copyright infringement. We recommend checking your local laws before using TuneFab Apple Music Converter or any other program to remove the DRM from your iTunes songs.