FairPlay is a digital rights management (DRM) technology created by Apple to particularly control the use of its digital contents sold in iTunes Store. Generally speaking, all media files, including songs, audio books, movies, and TV shows downloaded from iTunes are encoded with FairPlay. In other words, the videos and audios, even purchased, are restricted to be played on up to five authorized computers simultaneously and not allowed to be used on any non-Apple software or hardware.
If you are happen to be annoyed by the FairPlay DRM and have an urgent need to remove the FairPlay from your iTunes collection of movies, TV episodes, musics or audio books, you can simply check out the best free iTunes DRM removal applications recommended below thus to bypass the FairPlay DRM protection from iTunes media contents for free and produce DRM-free video and audio files to play on any media devices as you like.
iTunes DRM Video Converter Freeware
Requiem (out of development since 2012) is a powerful free program that removes FairPlay DRM from songs, videos, and iBooks purchased on iTunes. It decrypts the audio and video data in your iTunes files by authenticating with the DRM library using the secret credentials used by iTunes itself. The converted movies and music are allowed to be played on non-Apple-approved devices like Samsung, HTC, Nokia, LG, Xbox 360, PSP, Zune, and so on. And you don't need to worry about the output media quality at all for the DRM removal is a lossless process which is merely decrypting the file, not decoding and re-encoding it.
Requiem is out of development since 2012. You can find some alternatives of Requiem here.
1. Free in removing FairPlay from iTunes movies, songs and books;
2. Easy-to-use with lossless quality;
3. Available in both Mac and Windows OS.
1. Can't crack DRM from rented iTunes audios and videos;
2. Works unstably sometimes.
Useful Tips: If you have a large iTunes library which contains lots of iTunes movie purchases as well as rentals, you are suggested to use some more professional iTunes DRM removal shareware, like TunesKit iTunes DRM M4V Converter for Mac or iTunes DRM Removal for Windows.
iTunes DRM Audio Converter Freeware
Although Apple has already dropped DRM from the iTunes music files in 2009, that didn't help much with songs purchased before. Fortunately, if you still have those locked music files stored in your library, you can easily kill the DRM with the free iTunes DRM music removing software listed below.
myFairTunes is a free Windows program to empower you to unlock your iTunes FairPlay-encrypted songs and albums. It comes with a user-friendly interface and converts the DRM-ed M4P music files to DRM-free MP3 format easily.
1. Free to remove DRM from iTunes M4P tracks;
2. Simple to use with a small size.
1. Stops updates and requires iTunes 7.0.5 or earlier;
2. Supports Windows OS only.
What if you are using Mac system and also need to convert FairPlay-ed iTunes music files and audio books? Don't worry. The following iTunes DRM audio converter freeware will solve your problems.
FairGame is an iTunes music DRM remover freeware designed to run on Mac OS X. It adopts the same conversion technique as Apple iMovie does to convert the DRM-encrypted iTunes AAC audio tracks to un-protected AAC with original audio quality and all ID tags preserved.
1. Free to convert DRM-ed iTunes audios;
2. Process easily with high quality.
1. Convert iTunes audio tracks in AAC format only;
2. Only Mac version provided.
All these DRM removal freeware for iTunes mentioned above perform in different ways to help you get DRM cracked from your iTunes movies, TV shows, songs or audiobooks. If you don't mind the output quality, these iTunes DRM converter freeware are great choices when you want to remove the FairPlay DRM from your iTunes contents. But if you are expecting to get lossless audio or video quality after conversion, you'd better turn to some shareware that perform more stably in removing DRM from iTunes, for example, TunesKit iTunes DRM Converter.
Nick Orin is a review writer, software geek and Mac OS enthusiast. He spends all his free time in searching useful software and gadgets to share with others.