As you know, Apple dropped the DRM encryption from its iTunes M4P music tracks in 2009. But the problem is that the songs you purchased before the year of 2009 were still locked by the FairPlay DRM and you can’t freely play them on your non-Apple devices. So have you ever thought about stripping off the DRM from the iTunes music? If so, you should follow these two solutions as below to learn how to easily remove DRM from iTunes music.
Burn iTunes M4P Songs to CD/DVD
The good news is that although Apple doesn’t let you convert DRM-protected iTunes music to MP3, it lets you burn them to a CD. So here the first way to remove DRM from your iTunes songs is to burn the M4P tracks to DVD or CD disc.
1. Create music playlist in iTunes
Insert a blank CD or DVD disc in the drive and open iTunes on your computer. Select the File > New Playlist option. Add a name to the new playlist.
2. Add iTunes songs to playlist
Now select all the iTunes M4P music files that you want to remove DRM from and drag them to the playlist that you just created.
3. Burn iTunes music to CD
Once the tracks are imported to the iTunes playlist, right-click the playlist and select the option “Burn playlist to Disc”. iTunes will now 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 iTunes will start burning the iTunes music to the CD automatically.
4. Import iTunes songs 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 finishes. Now all the files that have been imported into your music library will be free from DRM so that you can transfer them to any MP3 device for playback.
Note: The downside of using this method is that iTunes 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. So if you have the need to convert a large amount of iTunes songs for more than once, you’d better use a legal DRM removal tool as mentioned in the following method.
Convert DRM-protected iTunes Music to MP3
The other common way to remove DRM from iTunes M4P is using a third-party DRM removal tool for iTunes. With this method, you can completely and permanently bypass the DRM lock from iTunes songs so that you can transfer the files to any devices at anytime without limit.
Here you meet TunesKit iTunes Music Converter which is designed to kill DRM from the protected iTunes M4P songs and convert the music files to DRM-free MP3, AAC, WAV, and other common formats with ID tags preserved.
Key Features of TunesKit iTunes M4P Converter
- Remove DRM from protected iTunes and Apple Music songs
- Convert DRM-ed M4P songs to MP3, M4A, M4B, AAC, FLAC, WAV
- Work at 30X faster speed with ID3 tags kept
- Fully compatible with the latest iTunes
- Guide on How to Remove DRM from iTunes M4P with TunesKit
1. Import iTunes songs to TunesKit
Launch TunesKit DRM M4P Converter and click “Add Files” to load the iTunes M4P files from your library. You are also allowed to add the songs to the converter by drag-and-drop.
2. Set output format
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.
3. Remove DRM from iTunes music
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.
For more details, you can visit the source page here: http://www.tuneskit.com/apple-music-tips/remove-drm-from-itunes-music.html.