Updated on November 26, 2018
Currently, all songs purchased from the iTunes Store are iTunes Plus, which refers to songs in high-quality AAC format that don't have Digital Management (DRM). However, before 2009, iTunes music was recognized as FairPlay-encrypted M4P format which cannot be played on unauthorized device and computer, such as iPod shuffle, Sono or other media players. If you have purchased some DRM-ed iTunes songs before 2009 and want to get the unprotected version of them, you will need to find a way to remove DRM from iTunes music.
The following guide will show you how to unlock iTunes DRM in 4 different ways: using a professional iTunes music DRM removal software, upgrading music to iTunes Plus, recording iTunes music and using a free iTunes DRM removal tool.
TuneFab Apple Music Converter is one of the best iTunes Music DRM Removal software that can remove DRM protection from iTunes music, Apple Music, Audible audiobooks and iTunes audiobooks. With this tool, you can easily rip DRM from all protected iTunes music and save them as clean MP3, M4A, AAC, AC3, FLAC, etc.
Key Features of TuneFab Apple Music Converter
▪ Strip DRM from iTunes music to DRM-free file format.
▪ Support up to 16X conversion speed.
▪ Reset output settings like sample rate, bit rate, channel, etc.
▪ Support converting multiple iTunes songs at a time.
▪ Keep iTunes music ID3 tags such as title, artist, album, and more.
▪ Fully compatible with Windows, Mac and latest iTunes version.
Tips: If you want to remove DRM from iTunes movies or TV shows, you can use TuneFab M4V Converter.
How to Remove DRM from iTunes M4P Songs Step by Step
Step 1. Launch TuneFab iTunes Music Converter on Computer
Download the free trial version of TuneFab iTunes Music Converter on PC. After installation, launch the software and you will see the its main user interface. There are several different sections on the main interface: iTunes playlist, iTunes music library, output settings, etc.
Step 2. Add DRM-ed iTunes Music to TuneFab Program
Select "Library" from the Playlist section, and you will see the songs display in the right column. Pick the protected iTunes songs from the library by clicking the checkbox.
Step 3. Choose Output Format for Converted iTunes Songs
Go to "Output Settings" to select your desired output format, output folder, bitrate, sample rate, etc. To make sure that the output music maintains the best quality, you can choose M4A as output format, and set the bitrate as 256 Kbps and sample rate as 44100.
Step 4. Remove DRM from iTunes Music with One Click
Finally, click at "Convert" button to start converting DRM-ed iTunes music to DRM-free M4A/MP3. The conversion process will be done within minutes.
Video Tutorial: Remove DRM from iTunes Music with TuneFab Apple Music Converter
iTunes Match will let you upgrade previously purchased protected music to "iTunes Plus" AAC format, which is no longer DRM protected. With the iTunes Match subscription, you can re-download the DRM-free version of your purchased AAC music files in iTunes. However, if you still have a dozen of songs that are in original "Protected AAC" format after going through all the iTunes Match procedure, that mostly because iTunes Store no longer offers these songs. In this case, you will not be able to get the DRM-free version of the song from iTunes.
Note: To download the DRM-free version of your songs in iTunes, the tracks must show as Matched or Purchased in the iCloud Status column in your iTunes library and they must also still be available in the iTunes Store.
Here are the steps to remove DRM from iTunes music with an iTunes Match subscription.
Step 1. Launch iTunes, then sign in iTunes with your Apple ID and password.
Step 2. Go to "Music" and select the song or album you want to upgrade.
Step 3. Press the "Delete" key on your keyboard, then click "Delete Songs" in the pop-up message.
Step 4. Click the "iTunes Store" tab at the top of iTunes. Then go to the "Quick Links" on the right-hand side of iTunes, click "Purchased".
Step 5. Click "Music" in the upper-right corner of iTunes and find the songs which you want to get a DRM-free version from.
Step 6. Finally, click the iCloud Download icon on the song to download the DRM-free iTunes music.
To bypass Apple's DRM protection from iTunes M4P music, you can use an audio recorder to record the songs manually and save them as MP3, M4A, etc. TuneFab Screen Recorder a great software that can record any video and audio playing on your computer, including Apple Music, iTunes music, Audible audiobook and more. It can save the files as DRM-free MP3, WMA, M4A and AAC. You can follow the guide here to record protected iTunes music and Apple Music as MP3.
There are some iTunes DRM removal tools that can help you convert protected iTunes songs to DRM-free MP3. However, it seems that most of them have not been updated for quite long time, so they might not be compatible with the latest version of iTunes. And most of them only support Windows XP. Here are some of the iTunes DRM removal for you:
▪ Free DRM Removal
With all the methods available, TuneFab Apple Music Converter is the most efficient way to remove DRM from iTunes music. You can convert all the purchased music to DRM-free version at one simple click. And the 16X faster conversion will save much of the conversion time. With TuneFab Apple Music Converter, you don't need to get an iTunes Match subscription to download the DRM-free songs from TuneFab. Now, download the software and have a try.
GET OUR NEWSLETTER
Sign up to get the latest on sales, new releases and more...Click Here to Subscribe ▶