If you've ever tried downloading music or videos from iTunes and transferring the files to devices and programs such as Android or VLC Media Player for playing, you should fail and feel frustrated. This is because items you purchase or rent from iTunes are all added DRM. In fact, in addition to Apple Inc., DRM protection is so common that it is employed by many software companies such as Spotify, Amazon, Adobe, and more.

Fortunately, it is not hard to remove DRM from protected files for backup, and you don't have to be bothered about finding the right tool. In this in-depth review, you will get to know various DRM removal software for music, movies, videos, audiobooks, and eBooks.

Note:

DRM removal software is for private use only! Please do not distribute the converted DRM-free media files to others or use them for commercial purposes.


CONTENTS


Part 1. 6 Best DRM Removal Software for Streaming Music


#1 TuneFab Apple Music Converter

Best for: those who wish to freely play Apple Music on other players other than just on iTunes.

TuneFab Apple Music Converter is a professional DRM removal tool assisting you to convert Apple Music songs to common audio formats including MP3, M4A, WAV, and FLAC after eliminating Apple Music DRM restrictions. Its batch conversion speed can be up to 5X faster to help you save your favorite Apple music without having to wait for what it feels like forever.

Furthermore, all the ID3 tags and metadata info of your Apple music can be preserved as well after conversion. You can even reset parameters such as bitrate and sample rate, and change the artwork for your converted music before starting. Also, it is embedded with an Apple Music Web Player, making it convenient for you to listen to songs online after logging into your Apple ID without downloading the Apple Music App.

TuneFab Apple Music Converter

Pros & Cons of TuneFab Apple Music Converter

Pros

* Batch Convert Apple Music at a 5X faster speed.

* Save DRM-free Apple Music in original high audio quality.

* Supports multiple output formats including MP3, M4A, WAV, and FLAC after DRM removal.

* Preserve original ID3 tags for easier management.


Cons

* The free trial version only lets you save 3 minutes of each song.


Further Reading:
TuneFab Apple Music Converter Review: Is It Worth It?


#2 TuneFab Spotify Music Converter

Best for: those who want to get rid of ads and listen to Spotify Music without premium offline.

For Spotify, the world's leading music streaming service, there's also a powerful DRM removal tool for Mac/Windows devices called TuneFab Spotify Music Converter. It is a powerful tool that lets you batch convert original-quality Spotify tracks/playlists/albums/podcasts into MP3, M4A, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, AAC, and ALAC after removing DRM from Spotify.

Likewise, it can also keep all ID3 info of Spotify content for you and efficiently convert what you need up to 35X speed. Better yet, this program also enables you to customize output presets for audio file titles, and is able to automatically archive your downloaded songs in folders by default, playlist, artist, album, etc. according to the rules you preset in the preference settings. All of these features make it easy to manage the files afterward.

TuneFab Spotify Music Converter

Pros & Cons of TuneFab Spotify Music Converter

Pros

* Useful Spotify DRM removal to convert Spotify songs/playlists/albums/podcasts in 35X conversion speed.

* Preserve high music quality in converted audio just the same as the original (reach up to 320Kbps).

* Output Spotify songs in MP3, M4A, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, AAC, and ALAC common files.

* Useful customization settings to adjust output presets for audio file titles and folder archives.


Cons

* The free trial version only supports saving the first 3 minutes of each song.


Further Reading:
TuneFab Spotify Music Converter Review: Is It Good & Safe?


#3 TuneFab Amazon Music Converter

Best for: those who wish to listen to Amazon Music offline on multiple devices with Amazon free account.

Most of you must be familiar with Amazon Music, one of the well-known online music streaming platforms similar to Spotify. Of course, songs on Amazon Music are protected by DRM, too. To unlock the encrypted Amazon Music songs and have full access to Amazon Music, you can use the Amazon DRM removal freeware called TuneFab Amazon Music Converter as your assistant.

It allows you to download Amazon Music to MP3 and other frequently used formats at a 5X faster conversion speed, store the music locally, and enjoy high-quality playback offline. What's more, TuneFab Amazon Music Converter will retain all the ID3 tags and metadata info of your Amazon songs after conversion, which makes your music management an easy task. You can even adjust parameters such as bitrate and sample rate for a better listening experience.

TuneFab Amazon Music Converter Cover

Pros & Cons of TuneFab Amazon Music Converter

Pros

* Remove DRM from songs, albums, and podcasts from Amazon Music HD, Prime & Unlimited.

* Convert Amazon songs to multiple output formats including MP3, M4A, WAV, and FLAC in lossless quality.

* Batch conversion of music and podcast episodes at 5X faster speed.

* Keep ID3 metadata and customizable audio parameters (including sample rate & bitrate).


Cons

* The free trial version only supports saving the first 3 minutes of each song.


Further Reading:
TuneFab Amazon Music Converter Review: As Good as It Can Get


#4 TuneFab Deezer Music Converter

Best for: those who want to download DRM-free original Hi-Fi Deezer music for free offline playback on most devices.

If you're using a not-that-famous streaming platform like Deezer, you might think that there aren't many DRM removal tools out there for it and it's hard to find. But don't worry, TuneFab Deezer Music Converter will be the best DRM-removal software for Deezer to take care of all your needs.

With the official Deezer Web Player embedded, you can directly log in to your Deezer account, then browse and choose any songs/playlists/albums from the Deezer Library to download to MP3, FLAC, M4A & WAV easily. The content you choose will be exported up to 10X faster speed at 320kbps or HiFi quality and will be kept with original ID3 tags and metadata information. These powerful features make it stand out as an assistant for listening to Deezer Music in a better way, not just helping you to remove DRM from Deezer.


TuneFab Deezer Music Converter

Pros & Cons of TuneFab Deezer Music Converter

Pros

* Download Deezer music, albums, playlists podcasts at 10X faster speed.

* Batch converts content from Deezer to 320kbps or HiFi Quality.

* Output DRM-free Deezer music to MP3, FLAC, M4A & WAV local files.

* Preserve original ID3 tags for simpler management.


Cons

* The free trial version only supports saving the first 3 minutes of each song.


Further Reading:
TuneFab Deezer Music Converter Review: Out of Expectation


#5 TuneFab Pandora Music Converter

Best for: those who want to rip music from Pandora Music in DRM-free files for free offline playback.

Unlike many streaming platforms, Pandora Music's mechanism is to let users create a "radio station" based on artists, songs, or genres they already like, and will recommend new music to users based on their liked content. But like other streaming music services, Pandora Music also adds DRM restrictions to its content. Therefore, a Pandora DRM removal tool will be needed.

TuneFab Pandora Music Converter is the program of free DRM removal you are looking for. It can easily batch-convert Pandora songs, podcasts, albums, playlists, etc. without quality loss. You can choose multiple formats including MP3, M4A, FLAC & WAV to rip music from Pandora at 10X faster speed. The converted files you get will also be preserved with all original ID3 tags and metadata info. These powerful functions make it one of the best DRM removal software.

 TuneFab Pandora Music Converter

Pros & Cons of TuneFab Pandora Music Converter

Pros

* Easiltly convert Pandora songs, playlists, albums, and podcasts.

* Rip Pandora content at a 10X faster conversion speed.

* Preserves Pandora songs to MP3, M4A, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, AAC, and ALAC without quality loss.

* Useful customization settings to adjust bitrates and sample and edit ID3 tags.

* Built-in Spotify Web Player lets you visit the whole Spotify Music Library without hassle.


Cons

* The free trial version only supports saving the first 3 minutes of each song.


Further Reading:
TuneFab Pandora Music Converter Review: Superior Experience


#6 TuneFab YouTube Music Converter

Best for: those who want to save DRM-free music and music videos from YouTube Music without hassle.

As a popular streaming media platform in recent years, YouTube Music has been widely praised for its huge resource library and the mechanism that can be linked with the YouTube platform. Ripping songs from it and saving them as DRM-free local files is also very simple.

TuneFab YouTube Music Converter is the DRM removal tool for you to convert YouTube songs, playlists, albums, etc. to common MP3/M4A/WAV/FLAC formats without even logging into your YouTube account. Besides, it allows you to download YouTube song MVs (if provided) at the same time as unrestricted MP4 files. Similarly, it also maintains up to 10x conversion speed while keeping ID3 tags and lossless original sound quality for all ripped content.

TuneFab YouTube Music Converter

Pros & Cons of TuneFab YouTube Music Converter

Pros

* Its built-in YouTube Music Web Player makes it easier to browse anything you want from YouTube.

* Support you in converting YouTube tracks, playlists, albums, etc. as DRM-free common local files without a YouTube account.

* Batch converts YouTube Music you selected into MP3, M4A, WAV, and FLAC DRM-free formats while downloading YouTube Music videos in MP4 format.

* Keep audio/video in lossless quality and ID3 tags preservation.


Cons

* The free trial version only supports saving the first 3 minutes of each song.


Part 2. 4 Top DRM Removal Tools for Video


#7 TuneFab M4V Converter

Best for: those who wish to play iTunes movies without Apple devices.

Many people are poised to rent or buy movies from the iTunes store. However, the attached DRM of iTunes movies can make it tricky for people to play iTunes movies outside of iTunes player or Apple devices. To break the DRM restriction, TuneFab M4V Converter can professionally handle the job. It supports stripping DRM from iTunes movies, TV shows, and music videos and converting the DRM-ed iTunes M4V videos to a DRM-free MP4.

Also, you don't have to worry about the output quality after conversion. TuneFab can retain the original quality of your purchased or rented iTunes movies and provide a 1080p Full HD or 720p HD video. With 5 simple steps, you can get an unprotected iTunes movie and play it on multiple devices.

TuneFab M4V Converter

Pros & Cons of TuneFab M4V Converter

Pros

* Simple, user-friendly.

* Quick and efficient conversion speed.

* Keeps Dolby 5.1 soundtracks (AC3 audio track), multilingual subtitles, closed captions, and audio descriptions in the output MP4 according to your preferences.

* Powerful DRM removal software for iTunes movies, TV shows, and music videos.


Cons

* MP4 is the only output format.

* Free-trial version only allows converting the first 5 minutes of each iTunes movie.


#8 Requiem iTunes DRM Removal

Best for: those who wish to remove DRM from iTunes songs, videos, or books.

If you are looking for a free and efficient iTunes DRM removal tool, Requiem should be an optimum choice. It is designed to remove DRM blocks and is able to decrypt most files within seconds or minutes. With Requiem, even songs, videos, and books you've bought and downloaded from iTunes, it is possible to be decrypted as DRM-free files. Moreover, the whole DRM removal process is lossless so that the original quality and all details of the source file will be well-preserved.

Pros & Cons of Requiem

Pros

* 100% Free to download and install.

* Cracks DRM from audio, videos, and books without quality loss.

* Available on Mac, Windows, and Linux.


Cons

* iTunes needs to be downgraded to 10.7 or a lower version to run Requiem.

* Conversion speed is relatively slower than other DRM removal software.

* No new update since version 4.1 was launched.


#9 Get_iPlayer for BBC iPlayer

Best for: those who want to enjoy BBC iPlayer news or sports offline without paying.

While you may be practicing self-quarantine and isolation, BBC iPlayer actually is a valuable resource for entertainment. Many classic live performances from David Bowie, Adele, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Coldplay, and lots more have been launched on BBC iPlayer. But when you try to record these valuable shows with a screen recorder, the sad truth is, that videos on BBC iPlayer are protected by DRM and cannot be viewed even if recorded on your screen.

To get rid of the DRM, Get_iPlayer is an effective tool to help you save BBC iPlayer videos locally. It is a utility for downloading TV and radio programs from BBC iPlayer or BBC Sounds. Programs that were scheduled for broadcast on BBC linear services within the previous 30 days can be searched with this tool. With the program ID or URL, you can directly download videos from the site.

Pros & Cons of Get_iPlayer

Pros

* Runs on multiple platforms including Windows, Mac, and Linux.

* Allows multiple downloads at a time.

* Indexing of most available BBC iPlayer/BBC Sounds programs from the previous 30 days.

* Can download metadata and grab subtitles.


Cons

* Cannot download and search content on BBC Three, Red Button, iPlayer Exclusive, or Podcast-only.


#10 VideoByte BD-DVD Ripper for Mac & Windows (Shareware)

Best for: those who have Blu-ray or DVD with DRM protection and want to rip them to normal digital formats like MP4, or MKV.

Do you still collect physical discs? To promote sales, Blu-ray discs, and DVDs always contain some exclusive content that may be hard to find on the Internet.

For people who want to digitalize Blu-ray or DVD collections but get frustrated by the DRM encryption and region code problem, VideoByte BD-DVD Ripper can make the job a piece of cake. After the ripping process, you can have a digital version of your favorite Blu-ray or DVD movies and copy them onto an external hard drive or upload them to cloud storage services for backup easily and conveniently. Featured with GPU acceleration technologies, this ripper facilitates its process 6X faster while keeping the original picture quality.

Pros & Cons of VideoByte BD-DVD Ripper

Pros

* Rips region-locked and encrypted Blu-ray and DVD discs.

* Keeps original image quality.

* Decrypts DRM and provides multiple output format options including the popular MP4, MOV, and MKV.

* 1:1 extract original audio tracks and subtitles.

* Preserve Blu-Ray or DVD structures.

* Excellent editing and customization tools after ripping the discs.


Cons

* Free trial only lasts for 30 days.


Part 3. 4 Free DRM Removal Software for Audible Audiobook or eBook


#11 TuneFab Audible Converter

Best for: people who want to enjoy Audible audiobooks on MP3 players or other non-AA/AAX-supported players with audiobook chapters and ID tags kept.

Audible, like iTunes Store and Spotify, also uses DRM protection for its audiobooks in the AAX format. This limits playback to supported devices. For a more flexible audiobook experience, consider a free DRM removal software to remove those restrictions.

TuneFab Audible Converter specializes in converting Audible audiobooks and outputs them to common formats including M4A, MP3, FLAC, and WAV to help you get rid of Audible DRM protection with ease. Also, it offers an audiobook splitter, preserves chapters, and allows customizable ID3 tags, all through an intuitive interface, ensuring a better reading experience and making file management easier and more convenient.

TuneFab Audible Converter

Pros & Cons of TuneFab Audible Converter

Pros

* Unprotect Audible AA / AAX audiobooks easily.

* Free to download and convert 2 Audible books to test its functions.

* Keep chapter info.

* Preserves original sound quality with common output options such as MP3, M4A, WAV, and FLAC.

* Flexible ID3 editor to organize your converted audiobooks.

* 60X conversion speed to convert and export Audible books.


Cons

* Only support converting books from Audible.


#12 Calibre eBook Manager

Best for: people who want to convert or manage eBooks flexibly without paying a buck.

Calibre is an outstanding and easy-to-use e-book manager. And speaking of the DRM removal tool for e-books, a little-known fact is that you can use Calibre to remove DRM. As it is free and open-source software, you can find many useful plugins on the Internet. Apprentice Alf's DeDRM plugin for Calibre is stunning. Books bought from platforms such as Amazon can be decrypted by this plugin. All pages can be kept easily and after the DRM removal process, you can watch ebooks on several devices and apps.

Pros & Cons of Calibre

Pros

* Completely FREE and open source.

* Comprehensive e-book viewer and manager.

* Can download news and magazines.

* Useful editing features.


Cons

* Could be complex for some users to use.

* Sometimes the loading speed is slow.


#13 ePUBee eBook Converter

Best for: those who want to convert e-books to other formats like PDF, or TXT for free.

Reading e-books on various platforms is actually possible. ePUBee is a piece of e-book, especially PDF DRM removal software for free. It supports converting ebooks to PDF, MOBI, EPUB, and TXT. You can also batch-convert your e-books and the whole process won't take you long. With only a few clicks, you can convert and keep a DRM-free e-book without loss in quality.

Pros & Cons of ePUBee

Pros

* Simple to use.

* Provides desktop app for Windows.

* Supports batch conversion in high quality.


Cons

* Limited customization features.

* Does not support conversion in some formats.


#14 Kindle AZW DRM Removal

Best for: those who wish to make Kindle e-books unrestricted to be freely read on other e-readers.

If you are using Kindle to read e-books, Kindle AZW DRM Removal will help you easily and quickly remove DRM from your Kindle e-books. In addition to this, it also supports "Scan" and "Batch processing" features, which help you easily find Kindle books on your computer and add more than 50 Kindle book files at a time to convert. With its help, you can read converted DRM-free Kindle books on comparable e-readers without compromising file quality.

Pros & Cons of Kindle AZW DRM Removal

Pros

* Its operating process is easy and user-friendly.

* It helps you to scan Kindle files on your PC for batch converting them to DRM-free formats.


Cons

* The main interface is a little complicated for those non-techies.

* The converting speed is not very fast.


Part 4. More Topic: How Does DRM Affect You?

DRM, which stands for Digital Rights Management, should be no stranger to many people. It exists to protect content creators' works from being pirated. But in the real world, DRM technology can be annoying. DRM locks a file so that the person who purchased it can use it, but only on the specific device or app from that vendor.

If someday you consider switching to other platforms or apps, it can be a significant problem because the items you purchased before cannot work on the new platforms or apps. Somehow, DRM gradually becomes a tool for companies to keep you as their customer longer and make more money. For users who have cross-platform devices, it seems better to find a way to bypass the DRM so as to smoothly play the content they've bought.

DRM technology is out of good motives. Content creators put a lot of time and energy into making their works, and they don't want their works to be copied or stolen. Added DRM is understandable. But technology indeed generates controversy and brings inconvenience to customers, as it can be a hassle for legitimate customers who would like to watch their purchased movies or read their purchased books on different devices.

Luckily, some artists are willing to label their works as DRM-free. But keep in mind that with or without DRM, it is illegal to share and distribute copyrighted works with others who haven't purchased them. Also, when using DRM removal tools, you should be aware that the converted DRM-free files are only for personal use.


Final Words

In conclusion, the above DRM removal software, especially TuneFab's, caters to your diverse needs to liberate your protected media files. From online music, streaming videos to e-books, these 14 DRM removal tools offer a variety of choices to ensure that you can enjoy your digital content without restrictions to play it on any device you like. Now pick the right one, and start removing DRM for free!

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