Dodging iTunes' DRM

Question

Is there a way to remove iTunes DRM?

Answer

This question was answered on February 16, 2006. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

DRM, as necessary as it might be, can be a real hindrance iTunes is no stranger to DRM In fact, every song downloaded from iTunes is encrypted with special software to prevent you from duplicating the files Is it a necessary evil, maybe; necessary for you to accept and deal with, not necessarily Here’s how to dance around it:

1. Gather a bunch of songs that you downloaded through iTunes and burn them to a CD.

2. Insert the CD into your CD-ROM drive and open Windows Media Player (or any software with CD-ripping capability – NOT iTunes)

3. In Windows Media Player, click the Rip tab, select the tracks you want to convert to MP3 (probably all of them).

4. Click the Rip Music button.

5. When the ripping process is complete, the files will be stored in you’re My Documents/My Music folder, unless you specified otherwise.

The ripped MP3s will be much the same as your iTunes versions, except no DRM encryption Cheers!

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Posted by Chad of Data Doctors on February 16, 2006