Best Methods to Remove DRM from iTunes Music

By Noah Brown

Updated on November 25, 2020

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If you’re trying to listen to music you purchased from iTunes on your device without iTunes or Apple Music, there exists a huge challenge for you to achieve it. That is because most of the songs from iTunes are protected with digital rights management so you cannot play them on any device other than an iOS device.

Removing the DRM out of iTunes music is the only method to make iTunes music playable anywhere. For most of us, it is a little difficult for us to remove DRM from iTunes music. No need to rush. In this post, we’ll introduce several methods for you to remove DRM from iTunes tracks with ease.


Method 1. Burn DRM-protected iTunes Music to CDs

Apple put the digital right protection on music purchased from iTunes, but you could crack all the DRM protection via iTunes. As we all know, iTunes offers the feature of burning music to CDs and ripping music from CDs to everyone. So, you can try to burn DRM-protected M4P music to CDs first and then try to rip those M4P songs you have burned onto CDs to get DRM-free M4P songs. Here’s how to.

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Step 1. Insert a CD and create a music playlist on iTunes

Launch iTunes on your PC and then insert a blank CD or DVD disc into your computer. In order to copy DRM-protected iTunes music to a CD or DVD disc, you need to create a new playlist first by selecting the File > New Playlist.

Step 2. Add iTunes songs to the newly created playlist

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

Step 3. Burn iTunes DRM-protected music tracks to CD

Then open the File menu and select Burn Playlist to Disc after your selected iTunes M4P songs are added to the playlist in iTunes Library. Remember to click the Burn button to let iTunes burn the M4P music to a CD.

Step 4. Import iTunes music from CD to the computer

After all iTunes songs are burned to CD, you can start to rip those iTunes songs from CD to your computer. Simply go to Edit > Preferences > General on iTunes and click the Import Settings button to start ripping iTunes songs from a CD.

Note: It is a little complicated to burn iTunes music to CD and rip iTunes music from CD for getting DRM-free iTunes music tracks. If you have a collection of iTunes songs, it will take a rather long time to burn them to a CD.


Method 2. Use iTunes Match to Remove iTunes DRM

iTunes Match gives you access to all of your music on all of your devices, even songs that you’ve imported from other sources such as CDs. With this subscription, you can match or upload up to 100,000 tracks from your iTunes library to iCloud Music Library. Then you can stream or download DRM-free iTunes songs to up to 10 of your devices. And you can follow the below tutorial to subscribe to iTunes Match to enjoy iTunes songs on more devices.

how to subscribe to itunes match

How to Subscribe to iTunes Match

For Mac users:

1. On your Mac, open the Apple Music app.

2. Go to the sidebar and click the iTunes Store. If you don’t see iTunes Store on Mac, you can open the Apple Music app and choose Music > Preferences in the menu bar. Then go to the General tab and click OK after selecting the iTunes Store.

3. Scroll to the bottom of the Store window. Under Features, click iTunes Match.

4. Click the Subscribe button and sign in with your Apple ID and password.

5. Confirm your billing information and then click Subscribe.

For Windows users:

1. On your PC, open iTunes for Windows.

2. Click Store at the top of the iTunes window.

3. Scroll down to the Store window and click iTunes Match under Features.

4. Check for your billing information and then click Subscribe.

How to Use iTunes Match

After you subscribe, iTunes Match automatically scans your music library for matches. Once your music library is uploaded, you’ll see all your purchased iTunes songs in your iCloud Music Library. To access your songs and playlists on other devices, turn on Sync Library on all of your devices.

When you sign in with Apple ID that you use with iTunes Match on your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac, or PC, you associate the device with your account and get access to your music library. Then you can stream or download iTunes songs to up to nine of your other devices.

Note: Once you stop subscribing to iTunes Match, any iTunes songs you’ve downloaded will be playable on your devices, but you’ll not able to stream any non-downloaded tracks or access other songs in iCloud Music Library.


Method 3. Convert Protected M4P to MP3 Losslessly

Except for the above methods, there is an ultimate method for you to remove DRM protection from iTunes songs. You can make use of an iTunes DRM removal tool to remove DRM from iTunes M4P songs. We do highly recommend Tunelf Audio Converter to you.

Tunelf Audio Converter is a full-featured audio converter that can function as iTunes M4P Converter and audio converter. It can not only help you remove DRM from purchased iTunes music, audiobooks, and Audible audiobooks but also let you convert many formats of audio files to others.

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Key Features of Tunelf iTunes DRM Removal Tool

  • Remove DRM from iTunes music and Apple Music losslessly
  • Save iTunes and Audible audiobooks to DRM-free audio files
  • Convert many formats of audio files to popular audio formats
  • Preserve the converted audio files with the loss audio quality

Here’s how to convert iTunes music into MP3 using Tunelf Audio Converter, so you can listen to iTunes music pretty much anywhere.

Step 1 Launch Tunelf and add iTunes songs to Tunelf

audio converter interface

Launch Tunelf Audio Converter on your computer and you will see three buttons at the top of the interface. Just click the first icon marked Load iTunes Library and then you can browse all your purchased iTunes music. Besides, you can also drag and drop your iTunes music from the local folders to Tunelf interface directly.

Step 2 Set the output audio format and parameters

select output format

Click the Format panel and you will see a pop-up window. In this option, you can set the output audio format and adjust the bit rate, sample, codec, and channel. To achieve iTunes M4P to MP3, you can set MP3 as your output audio format. Then click the OK button to save your settings and go back to Tunelf interface.

Step 3 Remove DRM protection from iTunes Music

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Once all the setting is done, you can click the Convert button at the lower right corner and let Tunelf software start to remove iTunes DRM and convert iTunes songs to your specified audio format. After the conversion, you browse all iTunes DRM-free Songs in the history folder by clicking the Converted button at the top of the interface.


Conclusion

With the help of Tunelf Audio Converter, you can completely remove DRM protection from iTunes music. Then you can keep those converted iTunes songs forever, and you don’t need to worry that your purchased iTunes songs cannot be playable someday in the future. Besides, you can transfer the converted iTunes songs to your other devices for listening without limitation.

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