How to Remove DRM From iTunes Music & Movies

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How to Remove DRM From iTunes Music & Movies
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Until 2009, Apple's iTunes included a Digital Rights Management (DRM) code in all of its media downloads. The DRM add-on was intended to protect artists and distributors by making it more difficult to illegally copy digital media files. Unfortunately, this tool also makes it difficult for users who want to add copies of the same file to multiple devices. If you find yourself in this or some similar situation, there are several tools available online that can remove the DRM protection from your media.

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    Download Ramka's SoundTaxi Media Converter. Recommended by CNET, the program boasts an easy-to-use interface that can quickly convert your iTunes files to unprotected MP3, WAV or MPEG files. The program requires little more of its users than selecting protected files, an output format and clicking "Convert." SoundTaxi also includes a CD ripper and a music library manager to help you organise the media stored on your computer's hard drive.

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    Consider Wondershare's Music Converter. Not only is the program capable of removing DRM protection from iTunes media files, but it allows for final conversion to a variety of digital formats. It is compatible with a number of the proprietary formats of common media players, including the Creative Zen and Microsoft's Zune. You can convert files one at a time or in batches, and the drag-and-drop conversion can save time.

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    Download ISyncTunes. While it lacks some of the easy functionality of the other programs listed, it is worth giving a chance because it is free. The program is intended to share iTunes libraries between multiple computers and devices, which effectively circumvents the restrictions of DRM protection. Simply select the files you want to transfer and provide a destination device or hard drive.

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