2013 Top 5 DRM Removal Software Review
In this review, I’d like to focus on several pieces of DRM removal software. All software reviewed below can only be used to remove DRM from audio and video. For each DRM removal tool, I will cover its conversion theory, main features, compatible OS, supported input and output formats, limitations, pros and cons, etc. with the aim to help you find the best software to get all your music, audiobooks, movies and TV shows DRM free.
Here is the link to the comparison chart: Best 5 DRM Removal Software Comparison
Best DRM Removal Software for Windows and Mac
Tune4Mac iTunes Video Converter works with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, 10.7 Lion, 10.8 Mountain Lion and 10.9 Mavericks. It converts iTunes DRM video from M4V to MOV, MP4, AVI, FLV or 3GP.
You can only use this iTunes Video Converter to remove DRM from iTunes video and convert iTunes video from M4V to (DRM free) video format. It is especially useful if you have lots of movies and TV shows purchased from iTunes Store which you’d like to transfer to mobile players like PSP, PS3, BlackBerry, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Samsung Galaxy Note, Kindle Fire HD, Android Phones and Tablets, etc.
Aimersoft DRM Media Converter (Windows)
You may consider Aimersoft DRM Media Converter as the Windows counterpart to Tune4Mac iTunes Video Converter if you only need to convert iTunes video. Yet it does more than that. Aimersoft DRM Media Converter provides Windows users with excellent and full audio & video DRM removal solution. If you purchased several great movies from iTunes Store and now you want to play them on an Android tablet, you cannot directly transfer them to the device due to DRM. DRM Media Converter comes to the rescue. It legally strips DRM copy protection off video (M4V/WMV/ASF) downloaded from iTunes, Windows Media Center, Zune Marketplace, BBC iPlayer WMV, Xbox Live Store, Amazon Video on Demand, Limewire, uTorrent, FrostWire, etc., and audiobooks and music in all popular formats, including M4P and M4B from iTunes, WMA from Overdrive, AA and AAX from Audible, and subscription WMA music from Napster, Pandora, Spiralfrog, Bearshare, iMesh, iMeeM, KaZaA, Last.fm, eMusic, Puretracks, MusicGiants, Nokia Music Store and more.
Key Features: Audio DRM Removal + Video DRM Removal + Video Converter + Audio Converter.
Conversion Theory: Record play and save the recording.
The Edge: A host of optimized format and device profiles for choice, 6x conversion speed.
Platform: Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP
Tip: From the same company, DRM Media Converter includes all the features of Music Converter. So, it is recommended choosing DRM Media Converter in case that you would have the need for removing DRM from both video and audio files.
Tune4Mac iTunes Audio Converter can convert any DRM protected or non-protected .AA, .AAX, .M4B audio book files on iTunes and Audible.com to MP3, WAV and AAC format on Mac OS X 10.5 or above.
Key Features: Audiobook Converter.
Conversion Theory: The output file will be encoded while recording.
The Edge: No extra hardware or virtual drive needed; no limitation to conversion times.
Aimersoft Music Converter (Windows)
Aimersoft Music Converter can convert DRM protected music and video such as DRM WMA, DRM WMV, DRM ASF and M4B, M4P, M4V (iTunes) to plain MP3 or other popular audio formats with ease and speed.
Key Features: Music DRM Removal + Video to Audio Converter + Audio Converter.
Conversion Theory: Advanced recording technique.
The Edge: Support various protected video/audio formats.
The Bad: Unable to output video.
Audials Tunebite 11 Platinum (Windows)
Audials Tunebite 11 Platinum can remove DRM from iTunes audiobook (.m4b), audiobook .aa/.aax and record music and video found online.
Key Features: DRM Removal + Video Converter + Audio Converter, Record the latest blockbusters and classic movies in HD from free movie sites, portals with RTMP-E flash videos and from online movie stores.
Conversion Theory: Records music, films and videos from the Internet, subscription services and online video stores.
The Edge: Includes 100 playback formats and an editor to customize settings for every at home and portable device.
What is DRM?
Digital rights management (DRM) is used to describe any technology that’s used to prevent abuse use of digital content that is not desired by the content provider, including hardware manufacturers, publishers, copyright holders and individuals. Companies like Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, BBC, etc. has adopted DRM.
And formats that may have DRM includes MP3, M4P, M4A, WMA, WMV, M4V, MP4, AA, AAX, and EPUB books.
For protected WMV and WMA files, you can play them with Windows Media Player while for protected MP3, M4P, M4A, M4V, MP4, AA and AAX files, you can play them with iTunes. For EPUB books, you can play them on authorized devices.
Keep in mind though that you can convert DRM media files with DRM removal software for personal use only.