Initially, music downloaded from iTunes Store was protected by FairPlay, Apple’s implementation of digital rights management (DRM). Later iTunes initiated a shift into selling DRM-free music in most countries, marketed as iTunes Plus. On January 6, 2009, Apple announced that DRM had been removed from 80% of its music catalog in the US. Full iTunes Plus availability was achieved in the US on April 7, 2009.
The iTunes music with DRM cannot be transferred to non-Apple MP3/MP4 players or mobile phone music players for playback. The only way to play iTunes DRMed songs on devices other than iPhone/iPad/iPod is to get a DRM removal tool to remove DRM from iTunes music and convert iTunes music to (DRM free) MP3/AAC/M4A… files.
The following guide focuses on how to remove DRM from iTunes music on Mac OS X. It is applicable for those who still have DRM protected music in their iTunes libraries yet want to transfer the music beyond the Apple environment. If all your iTunes songs have been marked as iTunes Plus, you just ignore this post.
To remove DRM from iTunes music on Mac, the only tool you need is iTunes Converter for Mac. Below are the steps.
1. Download and install iTunes Converter onto your Mac
2. Run iTunes Converter and iTunes will be launched automatically
If your iTune is already running, iTunes Converter will ask you to quit and relaunch iTunes.
3. Customize output settings
After selecting the songs that you want to convert, choose the output format and profile. This iTunes Converter supports 9 output formats, including MP3, AAC, AC3, AIFF, AU, FLAC, M4A, M4R, and MKA. Also you can choose to save ID tags and metadata information to the output MP3 and M4A files.
4. Start to convert
Click the Convert button to start to convert iTunes music. Sit back and let iTunes Converter do all the rest.