Once upon a time, iTunes was the saving grace for piracy issues that began to grow exponentially on the Internet. When the world started gravitating toward illegal music downloads on Napster, iTunes provided a legal solution: easy, fast downloads of songs for $0.99 each. It was affordable for consumers, provided a better listening experience, and solved a major problem for record companies.
Fast forward today and the iTunes Store has clearly been an immense success. However, due to the fear forever instilled in these companies from the Napster days, a new problem has arisen: DRM. DRM, or digital rights management, essentially puts a lock on files you download from iTunes or other services like Amazon’s Kindle bookstore. It makes them playable only through iTunes, and often makes them difficult to access on other devices. iCloud has remedied this situation a bit, but the problem still persists for many.
Chances are if you clicked this article, you’ve encountered DRM one too many times. The good news is a fantastic piece of software called the DRmare M4V converter exists which can help you remove DRM from iTunes music and movies easily.
Put simply, it removes DRM restrictions from virtually any file you feed to it. Unlock music videos, movies, trailers, iTunes Extras, movie rentals, TV shows, and music. Even extract audio from video files. The interface couldn’t be simpler and the result is the freedom to use your content on any device you please.
Using DRmare to Remove DRM from iTunes Files
To launch into your newfound world of freedom, first click the Add button at the bottom left of the DMware window. This will automatically find your downloaded files in iTunes. However, if you have iTunes open already, you can always just highlight and drag in files you want to unlock with this software.
The DRmare M4V Converter makes removing DRM from iTunes simple and easy
If the file has a DRM lock on it, it’ll add to the conversion list. You can unlock several at once by selecting multiple files and adding them all.
Next, tweak the settings if you want. At the bottom, you choose the output format. By default, they’ll stay in their original format (just without the DRM lock) but you can use this as an opportunity to convert to a new file type if you want.
The supported file types for video are MP4 lossless, M4V lossless, MP4, M4V, AVI, MKV, MOV, MPG, TS, WMV, DixV, 3GP, WebM, OGV, FLV, F4V, SWF and more. (Yes, those last three are Flash, you read that correctly.)
You can also either extract audio from video or convert audio files to MP3, M4A, AAC, AC3, OGG, CAF, AIFF, APE, FLAC, WAV, VMA, M4B, M4R, MKA, AU and ALAC. Long story short, this is about as flexible as conversion software comes — and it’s technically not even billed as conversion software.
Choose your output folder, click the Convert icon at the bottom right, and you’re done in a matter of seconds. DRM is removed and you’re free to sync these files across devices using any third-party service you choose or enjoy them in any media player.
The DRmare M4V Converter is a great software for removing DRM from iTunes. It frees your media content with an easy-to-use interface that is lightning fast to utilize. The results are your videos and music available wherever and whenever you want them.
While I used the Mac version in this review, the software is also available for Windows and includes all of the same features there.
The program is available through DRmare’s website for $44.95 — a no-brainer if you’re someone who needs your media files readily available on multiple devices and platforms. Even better, the bundle including Mac and Windows versions is just $10 more at $54.95.