4 Solutions to Remove DRM from iTunes Music

Updated by Adam Gorden on Sep 29, 2021 5:45 PM.
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Fewer and fewer 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 the iTunes store until 2009. If you ever purchased songs from the iTunes Store back before 2009, then there's a chance that they are protected.

Removing DRM from these "antique" songs from iTunes is the only way you can polish them up and literally "fair play" them as you want. Otherwise, you cannot play these iTunes songs on common music players except Apple's own devices, nor can you freely share iTunes music with your friends or on other platforms. In the following post, we'll introduce the top 4 simplest solutions for you to completely remove DRM from iTunes music.

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Solution 1. Losslessly Convert DRM iTunes Music to MP3(Hot)
Solution 2. Burn iTunes Songs to CD/DVD
Solution 3. Remove DRM from iTunes Songs with iTunes Match
Solution 4. Use iTunes Music Recorder
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Solution 1. Losslessly Convert DRM iTunes Music from M4P to MP3

ViWizard Audio Converter is the ultimate solution to remove iTunes DRM on whether iTunes music or Apple Music. It can removes DRM from iTunes songs and convert them to any common format such as MP3, AAC, M4B, AAC. It works faster and easier than other tools even if you are not skillful at the computer. By stripping off DRM from the iTunes music with ViWizard, 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 ViWizard

Step 1Add iTunes Songs to ViWizard

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Launch ViWizard DRM M4P Converter and click the "+" 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 ViWizard iTunes Converter, you can select the output format as you like with the Format button, as well as the other settings, such as output folder, bit rate, audio channel, etc. Currently, ViWizard 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 2. Burn DRM-protected iTunes Songs to CD/DVD

Although Apple doesn't provide any way to directly convert the 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 the iTunes app on a 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 the 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 CDs 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 more than once, you are suggested to try the other 3 methods.

Solution 3. Remove DRM from iTunes Songs with iTunes Match

All songs from iTunes Store now are unprotected files and in 256 kbps AAC encoding. Apple calls them iTunes Plus. But the previous iTunes songs which are protected by DRM can only be played on iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV, HomePod, or up to 5 authorized computers. It is very inconvenient to play, sync, or share these protected music tracks. To remove iTunes music DRM, this method is to subscribe to iTunes Match. Here are how to subscribe to iTunes Match and how to strip DRM from iTunes music.

How to Subscribe to iTunes Match

For Windows users: Open iTunes on the computer and click the Store button. Click the iTunes Match button. Fill in the bill information and choose the Subscribe button.

For Mac users: Open the Apple Music app. Click the iTunes Store button. Fill in the bill information and choose the Subscribe button.

How to Find iTunes Protected Songs

You need to find out the protected iTunes audios. Click View > Show View Options. Then choose the Kind choice under the File section. Exit this window and click the Kind button at the header to sort the songs.

How to Use iTunes Match to Remove iTunes DRM

Then we can start to remove iTunes DRM with iTunes Match. Go to the Music section and click the Library. Select the protected iTunes songs. Delete the protected songs with the Delete button on your keyboard. Then you need to download these songs from iCloud by clicking the iCloud Download icon. Now you get the unprotected iTunes songs.

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Note: The whole process of installing, subscribing, and removing is too complicated for many users. And you have to subscribe to iTunes Match which is useless for many users.

Solution 4. 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 lossless and remove DRM from iTunes songs 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 "Format" icon at the 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 on iTunes. Then you'll see a new recording task being created in the capture list of the TunesKit window. To stop recording, simply quit iTunes or stop playing the song.

Step 3Remove iTunes Music DRM

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 the "Save" button to export the recorded iTunes songs to output directly as you like.

Conclusion

Among the 4 iTunes DRM removal solutions, the solution 2 and 3 are old-fashion ways. And solution 2 requires a physical disc to finish the process. Solution 3 requires subscribing to iTunes Match, which may be useless for some people but cost you much. The advantage of solution 4 is that you not only can capture iTunes music with it but also download 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 1(ViWizard iTunes Music Converter) provides higher output quality and faster speed. And it is easy to use for non-savvy users. And this converter can also convert Apple Music and Audible books to MP3.

To sum up, Using an iTunes music converter is definitely the best choice among all the solutions to remove DRM from iTunes music.

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