To prevent pirating, Apple locks their iTunes digital contents (music, video and iBooks) with the FairPlay DRM. However, this also punishes the consumers who legally purchase movies/music from the iTunes store because they cannot play these files on non-Apple devices. So many people want to get rid of FairPlay DRM. What's FairPlay DRM? How to remove it from iTunes Media Content? The following essay will tell you in detail.

FairPlay DRM


Part 1. What is FairPlay DRM

FairPlay is the Apple DRM and was initially used only in the iTunes store to protect AAC encoded audio files but got soon also adopted for Apple’s video products that are now part of the iTunes store.

Most of the controversy surrounding FairPlay is about Apple's refusal to license it, but not about the limitations it imposed - as far as DRM schemes go, FairPlay wasn't overly restrictive. However, since Apple doesn't license FairPlay to anyone, you can only play a protected file using the iTunes software or Apple's built-in apps. Also, the file can only be recognized and playable on an iPod, iPhone, or iPad, and devices that are authorized.

Main Features of FairPlay:

• Support playback and download offline.

• Support Apple AirPlay.

• Provide DRM-supported hardware.

FairPlay allows you to:

• burn a protected song to CD as many times as you want.

• prevent illegal sharing to protect copyrighted works.

• encrypt the content and create a barrier against piracy.

• control access to the content, so only authorized individuals are available it.

But FairPlay limits you to:

• authorize up to five different computers to play FairPlay-protected files via iTunes or Apple's native app.

• burn a particular playlist containing a protected song up to seven times.

• convert Apple Music format to other more compatible formats.

• access the content on non-Apple or unauthorized devices.

• back Apple Music up for personal use and share it with friends freely.

Therefore, in order to break the restrictions, you need to remove Apple's FairPlay DRM protection. This article will show you the steps to remove in the next part.

Part 2. How to Remove Apple's FairPlay DRM Protection

Now, This article will show you different tools to remove FairPlay DRM from iTunes M4V movies, Apple Music songs, iTunes audiobooks, and iBooks.

Note: This is only legal as long as you are the original owner of the content and you are planning to remove DRM to fully gain the right of ownership NOT for sharing it.

Remove Apple FairPlay DRM for iTunes M4V Videos

Many Apple fans have the habit to purchase or rent movies, TV shows, etc. from iTunes Store. After all, there are so many wonderful movies and TV series. But you can only play these iTunes videos in protected M4V format on your Apple devices or iTunes. You cannot play them on Android phones and tablets, let alone other common media players, such as Windows Media Player and VLC Media Player.

Worse, there are more limitations on iTunes rentals, which only give you 30 days from the time of rental and 24 hours (in the US) or 48 hours (elsewhere) after you've started viewing to finish it.

With a FairPlay DRM Removal for iTunes videos, you can bypass DRM with a few clicks. Better yet, you can then keep all your rented movies forever and play them on any device you like.

Remove DRM from iTunes Movies

TuneFab M4V Converter is the best choice. It can quickly crack the Fairplay DRM and convert the iTunes M4V videos to MP4 format without quality loss. It can convert iTunes videos to MP4 at 20X faster speed with all subtitles and AC3 5.1 audio track kept. After conversion and removing the DRM, you can watch all your movies and TV shows without having to authorize your device in your Apple account anymore. (More InformationRemove DRM from iTunes Movies)

Follow the simple steps to remove FairPlay DRM via TuneFab M4V Converter:

Step 1. Install iTunes on your computer, then run TuneFab M4V Converter and iTunes will be launched automatically, too.

Step 2. Click "Add Files" to add the iTunes M4V videos that you want to convert.

TuneFab M4V Converter Interface Mac

Step 3. Before converting, you can go to "Options" to adjust the settings, such as the output folder. Then you can click "Convert" on the menu bar, and after several minutes, you can have your iTunes M4V video without FairPlay DRM protection.

Convert iTunes M4V to MP4 TuneFab Mac

Strip Apple FairPlay DRM for Apple Music

For bypassing FairPlay DRM on Apple Music, TuneFab Apple Music Converter is my recommendation. This software can help you remove FairPlay DRM from Apple Music in the embedded Apple Web Player.

After stripping away Apple Music DRM, you can play Apple Music tracks on any MP3 player, including iPod nano/classic/shuffle.

Main Features of TuneFab Apple Music Converter:

• Remove DRM from Apple Music Tracks in the built-in Apple web player

• Convert Apple Music plain MP3/M4A format

• Available both on Windows and Mac

• Provide batch conversion at up to 10x speed

• Retain ID3 tags like artist, cover, art, etc.

Tutorial of how to remove FairPlay DRM for Apple Music:

Step 1. Run TuneFab Apple Music Converter on your computer, then log into the Apple web player by inputing your Apple ID.

Step 2. Choose the music that you want to remove FairPlay DRM from "Music" or "Playlist" in the left column.

Search Apple Music Web Player

Step 3. Go to "Preferences > Advanced/General" to reset bit rate, sample rate, output folder and so on. Then click "Convert" to start removing FairPlay DRM from Apple Music.

Converting Apple Music To MP3 AMC New

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Get Rid of Removing Apple FairPlay DRM for iBooks

Requiem is a well-known software that allows everybody to circumvent FairPlay DRM on iBooks. However, Requiem 4.1 is the latest version to remove DRM from iTunes (Music & Videos) and it can even work on the content that has HD quality of 1080p. But, Requiem 3.3.6 is the only tool to remove DRM from iBooks (Apple e-Books). Also, please note that:

• Requiem isn't compatible with iTunes 11 and higher versions because Apple has patched it.

• To remove the DRM from iBooks, you need the combination of Requiem (Version 3.3.6) and to install iTunes (Version 10.5.3).

• If you are a Windows user, install a 32-bit Java environment at first regardless of your system being 64-bit.

Where to find iTunes 10.5.3?

There are various sites providing free download links for old versions of Apple iTunes. Fortunately, I have gathered some of the links here and they are ready for you to use.

iTunes 10.5.3 win-32bit

iTunes 10.5.3 win-64bit

iTunes 10.5.3 mac

Because all the currently available tools, such as Requiem, only support very old operating systems, it’s almost impossible to decrypt Apple iBooks. Therefore, we strongly advise you to buy ebooks from other main retailers, such as Amazon, Google Play Books, Barnes, and so on, owing to the fact that there are many professional ebook DRM Removal designed to remove DRM for such ebooks.


In the beginning, this article shows you what FairPlay DRM is in detail and then introduces you to three methods for removing FairPlay DRM. According to what you want to remove, you can choose either TuneFab M4V Converter or TuneFab Apple Music Converter. Hope they are both helpful to you.

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