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iTunes 1080p vs.720p Video: What's the Difference

By Vicky Lewis

June 24, 2018

We could notice that since iTunes 10.6, 1080p HD movies and TV shows have been added to iTunes Store. When you purchase, you could select to purchase 1080p or 720p, and they are for the same price. Some people would select 1080p without any hesitation since they consider that 1080p HD videos would be of better quality. But is that really suitable for their devices? Before we select, we have to figure out the difference between 1080p and 720p.

1080p vs. 720p

Comparison Between 1080p and 720p


The first thing we would pay attention to certainly refers to the quality. 1080p has the resolution of 1920 x 1080 while 720p owns 1280 x 720. As a result, we can simply imply from the numbers that the video with 1080p would be much clearer and smoother than the one with 720p. A higher pixels of 1080p also means that 1080p images could display more details that 720p images.

File Size

Since the video with 1080p would have higher-quality than 720p, it means that the file size would be bigger, too. By comparison, the file size of a 1080p video can be roughly 50% larger than the 720p one. As a result, you may need to take the storage into consideration when you are hesitating about which one to choose.

Compatible Devices

As 1080p just added to iTunes Store since the released of iTunes 10.6, which is to say that 1080p would be less compatible with some older devices such as iPhone 4 or below, iPad 2 or below, Apple TV 2 or below, etc. Therefore, check if your devices support 1080p before you purchase the 1080p iTunes videos.

Other Tips – Remove DRM from iTunes 1080p/720p HD Videos

After purchasing or renting the 1080p/720p HD videos from iTunes Store, you must want to keep them playable outside iTunes, such as on your TV, tablets, and so on. To transfer them to other devices, you have to remove DRM from them since iTunes videos are all protected by DRM. TuneFab M4V Converter would do you a great favor on unlocking the DRM encryption. It could convert the iTunes 1080p/720p videos with their original quality with 30X faster conversion speed, and just 3 steps are required.

Step 1. Download TuneFab M4V Converter

Firstly, download TuneFab M4V Converter to you PC (you could try the free trial version).

Step 2. Add iTunes 1080p/720p Videos

TuneFab M4V Converter could detect the iTunes Library and you just need to click on "Add Files" on the upper left corner to select and add iTunes 1080p/720p videos to TuneFab M4V Converter.

Select iTunes M4V Movies

Step 3. Click on "Convert"

Finally, click on the Convert, and TuneFab M4V Converter would unlock the DRM encryption automatically.

Convert M4V to MP4

You just need few minutes to get the DRM-free iTunes 1080p/720p videos. Then you are free to save them to any of your devices. You can also save them to the USB stick and import the USB to your TV which is equipped with the USB port. Then you are able to enjoy iTunes 1080p/720p videos freely on TV!

Related Readings

Guidance of Purchasing/Renting Movies on iTunes

Is It Possible to Burn M4V to DVD?

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