When it comes to iTunes songs, it could be divided into three types according to the purchase time, respectively protected iTunes music, unprotected iTunes songs as well as Apple Music.
iTunes music you purchased before 2009 and Apple Music are encrypted by DRM technology, while songs downloaded after 2009 get rid of from DRM lock since iTunes stopped selling songs without FairPlay DRM protection included. All protected iTunes songs are permitted from playing on authorized Apple devices only.
There are so many restrictions you will meet while planning to listen to DRM-ed iTunes music as you like. Why not remove protection from iTunes music? Just try one of the below four solutions to remove DRM from iTunes music and then you can play all iTunes songs anywhere.
Method 1. How to Re-download DRM-free Songs via iTunes Match
If all your iTunes music tracks purchased from iTunes store before 2009, iTunes Match is the best tool you can choose to get DRM-protected iTunes songs instead, which allows users to re-download songs purchased previously to 'iTunes Plus' AAC format without DRM protection anymore. Just subscribe to iTunes Match service, you can refer to the following steps to download high-quality iTunes songs again.
Step 1. Open iTunes store and login your iTunes account details with Apple ID and password.
Step 2. Navigate to the My Music tab from the top menu bar and delete all protected iTunes songs or playlists.
Step 3. Hit on the iTunes Store tab and select Purchased option to locate all purchased iTunes items.
Step 4. To upgrade purchased music to DRM-free songs, please click the 'Cloud' icon to start the downloading process automatically.
Method 2. How to Burn DRM-ed iTunes Music to CD/DVD
Due to DRM protection, you can convert iTunes songs and Apple Music to MP3 format, even you have purchased them already. Fortunately, it's free to burn iTunes music to a CD via iTunes itself. That's to say, you can remove DRM from iTunes music free via burning them to a CD. No need to be equipped with a special CD burner but to prepare a blank disc. And then you can get non-DRM iTunes songs by using iTunes app as below:
Step 1. Launch iTunes app on your Mac or PC, insert a blank CD or DVD disc to your computer hard drive. And go to the top menu bar to choose File > New Playlist to create a new playlist.
Step 2. You can choose all M4P songs that you'd like to remove DRM from iTunes and add them to the new playlist you created.
Step 3. Open the new playlist and right-click it to get the settings option and please choose Burn Playlist to Disk. It will pop up a dialogue box where you need to select the kind of CD/DVD you'd like to burn. Just choose Audio CD option, the iTunes playlist will be burned to CD automatically.
Step 4. To get the digital unprotected music tracks again, you can try again to rip songs from the CD you have burned with the help of iTunes. Just open iTunes and choose Edit > Preferences > General > Import Settings tab, iTunes will rip songs from the audio CD.
Note: All iTunes songs can be burned to CD once. Besides, if you'd like to burn Apple Music protected M4P streams to CD, you can refer to this detailed tutorial: How to Burn Apple Music to CD.
Method 3. How to Remove DRM from iTunes Music by Converting
Another way to unlock DRM protection from iTunes music is to use an excellent iTunes DRM removal software, which can convert iTunes DRM M4P songs to common audio files. AudFree DRM Audio Converter is such a professional software. By adopting innovate DRM decryption technology, it can work at 30X faster speed to strip off DRM from Apple Music and iTunes M4P music and convert protected music to MP3, FLAC, WAV, AAC, M4A and M4B with all ID3 tags preserved.
Step 1. Install and launch AudFree iTunes DRM Removal on your computer. You can click the first 'Add Files' button to load iTunes M4P songs from iTunes library to AudFree's main interface or just add iTunes files via drag-and-drop action.
Step 2. When DRM iTunes M4P songs are imported to AudFree software completely, please click the 'audio' button to define output format as MP3 or another audio format and customize bit rate, sample rate, audio channel, etc. according to your needs.
Step 3. Simply press the 'Convert' button at the bottom-right corner of the conversion window, added iTunes music will be converted to DRM-free MP3 audio files. The conversion time depends on how many files you have imported.
After conversion, you can transfer all iTunes music and Apple Music streams to any devices and player for offline playback, such as playing iTunes music in the car, transferring them to USB flash drive for backup, etc. without limit.
Method 4. How to Remove DRM from iTunes Music by Recording
here are so many powerful streaming audio recording tools in the market, which is designed to record and capture sound from streaming music services, like Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, etc. So, you can also utilize this way to record unprotected iTunes music so that you can bypass the annoying DRM limitation.
By using this workaround, you can get help from AudFree Audio Capture, the well-designed streaming audio capturing tool. It can record iTunes music tracks to unprotected MP3, FLAC or other audio tracks that can be playable on any device.
Step 1. Launch AudFree Audio Capture on your computer to see the main interface. You can click the 'audio' format to set output format, bit rate, sample rate, etc. If you'd like to get high quality audio files, please customize output settings.
Step 2. Go back to the main interface and hit on iTunes app from the installed program list. Now, you can find favorite iTunes songs to play, AudFree Audio Recorder will begin to record the playing iTunes music automatically.
Step 3. When Apple Music songs are recorded successfully, you can click the 'Stop' button to finish recording process and click the 'Save' button to save iTunes common audio recordings to your computer.
Note: By using this way to remove DRM from iTunes music, it could need your lots of time as it works as real-time to record playing songs in iTunes.