The music, videos, movies, TV shows, music videos, etc. purchased from online stores like iTunes, Amazon, Windows Media Center and Napster, or downloaded from other sources may be under the protection of DRM. In order to enjoy them without any restriction, you may choose to remove DRM from the protected media and convert them to DRM free files. To get this done, you need to find a DRM removal tool to help you.
In this review, let’s focus on 5 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, we will cover its conversion theory, main features, compatible OS, supported input and output formats, limitations, pros and cons, and so on, with the aim to help you find the best software to get all your music, movies and TV shows free from DRM.
Best 5 DRM Removal Software
Aimersoft DRM Media Converter
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.
Platform: Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP.
Ondesoft iTunes Converter For Mac
Ondesoft iTunes Converter for Mac lets you easily strip DRM protected off iTunes music, so your purchased songs can be played on any device you like! Furthermore, you can extract audio from iTunes movies, TV shows and Podcasts without quality loss on your Mac.
- Convert M4P and Audible AA files to MP3 and AAC formats on Mac.
- Extract the audio from iTunes video files on Mac and save them in common audio file formats including MP3, AAC, AC3, AIFF, AU, FLAC, M4A, M4R, and MKA.
- Converted MP3 and M4A files will contain ID tags and metadata information as the original files.
- AudioBooks converted to M4A will be marked by Chapters too.
Platform: Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, 10.9, 10.10.
Tune4Mac iTunes Video Converter
Tune4Mac iTunes Video Converter is fully compatible with the latest OS X 10.10 Yosemite. It converts iTunes DRM video from M4V to MOV, MP4, MPEG, AVI, FLV or 3GP on Mac with ease and speed.
You can only use 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 episodes purchased from iTunes Store which you’d like to transfer to portable players like PSP, PS3, Samsung Galaxy Tab/Note, Kindle Fire HD, HTC, Android Phones and Tablets, etc.
Platform: Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, 10.9, 10.10 Yosemite.
Audials Tunebite 11 Platinum
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.
Audials Tunebite 11 Platinum can remove DRM from iTunes audiobook (.m4b), audiobook .aa/.aax and record music and video found online.
Platform: Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP.
Aimersoft Music Converter
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.
Platform: Windows 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP.
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.
If you want to remove DRM from eBook files, please check this eBooks DRM removal software review.