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How to Remove DRM from iTunes music on Mac
The following article will share with you three ways of removing DRM protection from iTunes music on Mac OS X. You can choose your favorite method to help you convert iTunes M4P music to MP3 or AAC format for playback on MP3 Player, MP4 Player, Mobile Phone Player, etc.
Method 1. Remove DRM from iTunes music with burning-and-ripping method
1. Insert a CD-R or CD-RW disc into your CD-ROM drive
2. Run iTunes, create a new playlist and burn it to make an "Audio CD"
3. After the Audio CD is successfully burned, insert the disc into your CD-ROM drive again. Then you can use iTunes to import the music tracks on the burned disc as whatever format (MP3, AAC, etc) you selected in iTunes preferences for importing.
Method 2. Remove DRM from iTunes music with Virtual CD Burner
Run iTunes, create a new playlist and add the DRM protected iTunes songs to the playlist.
Right click this playlist and choose "Burn Playlist to Disc". Alternatively, you can click the "Burn Disc" button at the lower right corner of iTunes interface.
In the pop-up dialog of "Burn Settings", select "CDWriter TuneClone" as default CD Burner, choose "Audio CD" as Disc Format and tick "Include CD Text" ( to perserve the music metadata such as name, artist, album names ).
Click the "Burn" button to start burning. After the burning get started, TuneClone will automatically convert the iTunes music to MP3 files. You can open the TuneClone manager screen to check out the burning status.
Tip: You can easily get the output MP3 files on your Mac machine by clicking the "Reveal in Finder" button on the manager screen.
Method 3. Remove DRM from iTunes music with iMovie '09
Run iMovie and create a New Project.
In the iMovie window, select the 'Music' tab. You will notice that the top right portion of the interface now offers a media browser. Locate the playlist which contains purchased music, or search by artist/title.
Select the DRM-laden song and drag the file from the media browser into the iMovie timeline.
In order to export the song, iMovie requires that a visual image be associated with the audio track - iMovie thinks that it is going to be exporting a movie. Simply drag a blank image (or any other image) to the track above the previously imported audio file. Once iMovie has processed the image, select the 'Export using QuickTime…' sub menu item from found inside 'Share' in iMovie's menu bar.
In the Save as… dialogue, select "Sound to AIFF" in the Export drop-down menu, Choose an appropriate directory for iMovie to export to, title the file, and select 'Save'.
Locate the exported AIFF audio file and drag to your iTunes Library. Right-click on the file and select "Create MP3 Version". Once completed, 'Get Info' on the new file, edit meta data, add album art, and trash the originally purchased and AIFF audio files from your iTunes library.
For more TuneClone tutorials, please go to http://mac.tuneclone.com/guide.php.
- TuneClone Audio Converter for Mac 2.3.0 was released on Jan 15, 2012!
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"If you have lots of music, you might need a big pile of CDs to convert everything with the "burn and rip" method above. That's where software can help. A "virtual CD drive" such as TuneClone can simulate a real CD burner, eliminating the need for real CD-R discs. -- Bob
"I've been waiting a long time to 'free my iTunes' to use on my Walkman mobile phone, and the only way I could do it before was to burn to CD then rip back again. A very lengthy process, which normally ended up full of faults and a lot of wasted disks!! Not any more!!" -- David