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2014 Best 5 DRM Removal Software Review

The music, video, 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 DRM protection. In order to enjoy them without any restriction, you may choose to remove the DRM and convert them to DRM free media files. To get this done, you need to find a DRM removal tool to help you.

In this review, I’d like to 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, I 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

Tune4Mac iTunes Video Converter

Tune4Mac iTunes Video Converter

Platform: Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, 10.9.

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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, MPEG, AVI, FLV or 3GP.

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, BlackBerry, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Samsung Galaxy Note, Kindle Fire HD, HTC, Android Phones and Tablets, etc.

Tune4Mac iTunes Video Converter Review

Aimersoft DRM Media Converter

Aimersoft DRM Media Converter

Platform: Windows 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP.

Download (12.7 MB)

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.

Aimersoft DRM Media Converter Review

Tune4Mac iTunes Audio Converter

Tune4Mac iTunes Audio Converter

Platform: Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, 10.9.

Purchase for Instant Download

Tune4Mac iTunes Audio Converter can convert any DRM protected or unprotected .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.

Tune4Mac iTunes Audio Converter Review

Audials Tunebite 11 Platinum

Audials Tunebite 11 Platinum

Platform: Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP.

Download (51.4 MB)

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.

Audials Tunebite 11 Platinum Review

Aimersoft Music Converter

Aimersoft Music Converter

Platform: Windows 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP.

Download (8.7 MB)

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.

Aimersoft Music Converter Review

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.

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  • klecser

    Can someone give me advice with the Aimersoft DRM software? I paid for it to convert iTunes videos I purchased so I can watch them on a smartphone. I clearly didn’t understand how this works, because when I hit the “start” button to remove the DRM, it takes the ENTIRE play length of the movie to do the conversion. If I have a two hour movie, it takes two hours to convert. I figured it would do it much quicker. Is there something about the software that I don’t understand, or is the conversion duration really the duration of the actual movie? If so, it will take me DAYS to convert all of these stupid movies.

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