If you’re trying to listen to music you purchased from iTunes on your device without installing 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 to remove DRM from iTunes music. No need to rush. In this post, we’ll detail several methods for you to remove DRM from iTunes tracks with ease. Here’s how to remove DRM from iTunes music.
Part 1. How to Use iTunes Match to Remove iTunes DRM
iTunes Match gives you access to all of your music purchased from iTunes on all of your devices with iTunes, even songs that you’ve imported from other sources like CDs. With this subscription, you can match or upload up to 100,000 tracks from your iTunes library to iCloud. Then you can stream or download DRM-free iTunes music to up to 10 of your devices. Simply follow the below tutorial to subscribe to iTunes Match to enjoy iTunes songs on more devices.
1.1 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 be able to stream any non-downloaded tracks or access other songs in iCloud Music Library.
Part 2. How to Burn DRM-protected iTunes Music to CDs for Playing
Apple put digital rights protection on music purchased from iTunes, but you could crack the DRM protection using iTunes. As we all know, iTunes offers the feature of burning music to CDs and ripping music from CDs to everyone. Thus, you can try burning DRM-protected M4P music to CDs first. Then try to rip those M4P songs you have burned onto CDs to get DRM-free M4P songs. Here’s how to.
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 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 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.
Part 3. 2 Free Software to Remove DRM from iTunes Music
To remove DRM from iTunes music, it is better to use an iTunes DRM removal tool. However, you could try using the most common way to get DRM-free iTunes music tracks. That is to use an audio recorder. With an audio recorder, you could directly record audio from music being played through iTunes and save the recordings to the plain audio format. There are two audio recorders for you to choose from, respectively Apowersoft Free Online Audio Recorder and Audacity.
Apowersoft Free Online Audio Recorder
Apowersoft Free Online Audio Recorder, a free online audio recorder, can record audio being played on the computer. With this tool, you can record audio from streaming services, radios, movies, and more and save the recordings to several popular audio formats. Here’s how to download unprotected iTunes music.
How to record iTunes music to DRM-free audios
1) Open a browser on your computer and then go to the website of Apowersoft Free Online Audio Recorder.
2) Install a launcher and click the Start Recording button then select the Sound System option.
3) Launch iTunes to play the music you want to remove DRM from and click the Start button.
4) Quit iTunes and stop the recording by clicking the Stop button then save all the recordings.
5) Click the Show in Folder button to locate the recorded iTunes files in the output directory.
If you want to remove DRM from iTunes free, Audacity could be a great option for you. Audacity is completely open-source and free for use. You can try recording audio from DRM-protected iTunes music and then save the recordings to MP3. Here’s how to use Audacity to record audio.
How to remove DRM from iTunes music free
1) Launch Audacity and go to set up Audacity on your computer.
2) Choose Windows WASAPI in the dropdown menu under Audio Host.
3) Then choose an appropriate loopback device like Speakers or Headphones.
4) Go to play music in the iTunes library and click the Record button to start recording the audio.
5) Click the Stop button when you’re done and save the recordings to your computer.
Part 4. Best Way to Remove DRM from iTunes Music
Except for the above methods, there is an ultimate method for you to remove DRM from iTunes music. You can make use of an iTunes DRM removal tool to remove DRM from iTunes M4P songs. This method can be more convenient for the DRM removal of iTunes music. Here we do recommend Tunelf Audio Converter to you.
4.1 iTunes Music DRM Removal Mac & PC
Tunelf Audio Converter is a full-featured audio converter that can function as both an iTunes M4P converter and an audio converter. It can not only help you remove DRM from purchased iTunes audios, Apple Music, as well as Apple and Audible audiobooks but also let you convert many formats of audio files to others.
Key Features of Tunelf Audio Converter
- Convert Apple Music to MP3, WAV, FLAC, AAC, and other audio formats
- Remove DRM from Apple Music, iTunes audios, and Audible audiobooks
- Preserve the converted audio with lossless audio quality and ID3 tags
- Support the conversion of audio format at a 30× faster speed in batch
4.2 Steps to Remove DRM from iTunes Music
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
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
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
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.
Part 5. FAQs about Removing DRM from iTunes Music
Q1. How do I remove DRM from iTunes music?
A: To remove DRM protection from iTunes music completely, you can use an iTunes DRM removal tool. And the easiest way to remove DRM from iTunes music is to use Tunelf Audio Converter.
Q2. Is it legal to remove DRM from iTunes songs?
A: In fact, it is not completely legal to crack the DRM protection from iTunes. Apple company uses this technology to prevent users from playing its music on other devices without permission. But in some areas, it is allowed to remove DRM from iTunes music for personal use.
Q3. How to remove DRM from Apple Music?
A: If you want to remove DRM from Apple Music, then you can use the above methods. With the above methods, you can also crack DRM protection from Apple Music and convert Apple Music to MP3.
In conclusion, there are several methods for removing Apple DRM. But here the best method is to directly use an iTunes DRM remover like Tunelf Audio Converter. With the help of Tunelf software, you can completely remove DRM protection from iTunes music. Then you can keep those converted iTunes songs forever. You don’t need to worry that your purchased iTunes songs cannot be played someday in the future. In addition, you can move those unprotected iTunes songs to your other devices for listening without limits.
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6 replies on “How Do I Remove DRM from iTunes Music? Here’re Answers!”
error on OSX Big Sur: Tunelf Audio Converter can’t be opened because Apple cannot check it for malicious software.
This software needs to be updated. Contact the developper for more information.
To change these settings on your Mac, choose Apple menu > System Settings, then click Privacy & Security in the sidebar. Then you can allow your Mac to open this tool.
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I have over 23,831 individual songs yes 23,831 and your program only finds 381 or so of them what is wrong?
Please make sure that your individual songs are playable on iTunes. About your problem, you can contact our support team through [email protected] for help.