3 Solutions to Remove DRM from iTunes Music

Posted by Adam Gorden on Nov 18, 2019 03:10 PM.
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Now that iTunes is retired and everyone is using Apple Music, less and less people know that once upon a time, iTunes music was also copy-protected by Apple's FairPlay DRM system.. Apple didn’t free the music sold in iTunes store until 2009. If you start your music backup plan earlier than everyone and ever purchased songs from the iTunes Store back before 2009, then there's a good chance that they are DRM-ed.

Removing DRM from these “antique” music from iTunes is the only way you can polish them up and literally “fair play” them as you want. Othewise, you cannot play these iTunes songs on common MP3 players except Apple's own devices, nor can you freely share iTunes music to your friends or other platforms. In the following post, we'll introduce the top 3 most simple solutions for you to completely remove DRM from iTunes music.

Solution 1. Burn DRM-protected iTunes Songs to CD/DVD

Although Apple doesn't provide any way to directly convert the DRM-protected iTunes music to MP3 format, it lets you get DRM-free songs by burning them to a CD instead. Best of all, it doesn't require any special CD burner as you can easily have the task done within the program itself. All you'll need is iTunes and a blank disc. check out this tutorial and see how to burn iTunes DRM music to CD using iTunes app on computer.

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Step 1Insert a CD/DVD and Create Music Playlist

Launch iTunes on your PC/Mac. Then insert a blank CD or DVD disc into the computer hard drive. In iTunes, select the File > New Playlist. Add a name to the new playlist.

Step 2Add iTunes Songs to the New Playlist

Now select all the M4P music files that you want to remove DRM from in iTunes library and drag them to the newly created playlist.

Step 3Burn iTunes DRM M4P Tracks to CD

Once the M4P songs are added to the iTunes playlist, right-click the playlist and select the option Burn Playlist to Disc. iTunes will then present you a dialogue box where you can select the kind of CD/DVD that you want to burn. Make sure you select the Audio CD option. Then it will start burning the iTunes music to the CD automatically as expected.

Step 4Import iTunes Music from CD/DVD

The final step is to rip the songs that you burned onto audio CD, back to digital music files. Simply open iTunes, select the Edit > Preferences > General tab, click on Import Settings. To start ripping the audio CD, you should insert it into your CD drive on your computer and click the Yes button to start.

Wait for a while till the ripping process finishes. Now all the files that have been imported into your iTunes music library will be free from DRM so that you can transfer them freely to any MP3 device for playback without any limit.

Although Apple canceled DRM on iTunes purchased songs after 2009, it still encodes Apple Music songs with the same technology. If you need to remove DRM from Apple Music and burn the songs to CD, you should follow this tutorial:

Note: The downside of using iTunes to burn music to CD is that it only lets you burn the same song once. Besides, if you have a lot of music files to burn, it will take a rather long time to finish the whole process. In case you'll have the need to convert a large collection of iTunes songs for more than once, you are suggested to try the other 2 methods below.

Solution 2. Losslessly Convert DRM iTunes Music from M4P to MP3

TunesKit Audio Converter the ultimate solution to remove iTunes DRM on music, whether iTunes music or Apple Music. It can removes DRM from the iTunes songs and convert them to any common formats. It works faster and easier even if you are not skillful to computer. By stripping off DRM from the iTunes music with TunesKit, you can freely enjoy all your iTunes music collection on any device.

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Steps to Remove DRM from iTunes M4P Songs with TunesKit

Step 1Add iTunes songs to TunesKit

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Launch TunesKit DRM M4P Converter and click "+" button at the top center to load the iTunes M4P files from your library. You are also allowed to add the songs to the converter by drag-and-drop.

Step 2Select output format

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Once the M4P songs are loaded successfully to TunesKit iTunes Converter, you can select the output format as you like, as well as the other settings, such as output folder, bit rate, audio channel, etc. Currently TunesKit iTunes M4P Converter supports MP3, M4A, M4B, AAC, WAV, FLAC outputs.

Step 3Remove DRM from iTunes music

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Now click the "Convert" button and it will begin to convert the DRM-protected iTunes songs to MP3 or other non-DRM formats at 30X faster speed. After the conversion, you'll get DRM-free iTunes songs playable on any MP3 player without limit.

Solution 3. Make iTunes Songs DRM-free with iTunes Music Recorder

Another widely used way to freely enjoy your iTunes songs is using 3rd-party iTunes music recording software, like TunesKit Audio Capture to record the music tracks into non-DRM files. This iTunes music recorder is able to capture the songs from iTunes losslessly while saving the original M4P format to MP3 or other common audio files.

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Simply follow these steps and begin to record iTunes music as DRM-free MP3 or others with TunesKit Audio Capture.

Step 1Set music recording profile

Launch the program on your computer. Then click the "audio" icon at bottom right corner so that you can set the capture parameters, like output format, music quality, codec, bit rate and others. Currently the available output formats supported by TunesKit Audio Capture are MP3, AAC, M4A, M4B, WAV, and FLAC. Choose whatever you like and move on.

Step 2Start to record iTunes music

Go back to the main window of the program and select iTunes from the program list. There you can begin to play any song in iTunes. Then you'll see a new recording task being created in the capture list of TunesKit window. To stop recording, simply quit iTunes or stop playing the song.

Step 3Edit and save the recorded songs

Once the recording process is done, click the "edit" icon of each track if you want to cut the audio tracks into small clips averagely. You can also manage the ID3 tags of the music, including the cover picture, artist, music title, year, etc. At last, click "Save" button to export the recorded iTunes songs to output directly as you like.

Conclusion

Solution 1 is an old-fashion way to do it and it requires physical disc to finish the process. The advantage of solution 3 is that you not only can capture iTunes music with it, but also any other audio stream on your computer. But it could still be time-consuming if your iTunes music library is a huge one. Besides, there might be some quality loss during recording. In contrast, solution 2 provides higher output quality and faster speed. To sum up, TunesKit Audio Converter is definitely the best choice among all the solutions.


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