How to Remove DRM from iTunes Music

Wonder how to remove DRM protection from purchased iTunes music? This post will show you 2 simple methods to remove DRM from iTunes music and convert them to unprotected AAC, M4A formats, so that you can enjoy iTunes music on any device and player without limits.

“How do I remove DRM from my purchased iTunes music? I want to sync the iTunes music to my iPod Nano7th. Any suggestion?”

We can easily find and buy our favorite tracks, albums, artists, etc. in the iTunes store. But did you know that all iTunes songs purchased before 2009 are still full of FairPlay DRM (Digital Rights Management)? DRM lock restricts you to only listen to the purchased iTunes songs on devices authorized by Apple ID. If you wish to play iTunes music on your MP3 player, Sonos, PSP, car player, etc., you need to remove DRM from iTunes music. Although after 2009, Apple removed the annoying FairPlay DRM protection from the iTunes music library, these purchased iTunes can only be played on authorized devices.

Don’t worry, here this article will show you 2 easy ways to remove DRM protection from iTunes music and convert them to unprotected audio formats like M4A, MP3, AAC, etc. After that, you can freely enjoy iTunes music on any music player and device without limits!

Method 1. Remove DRM from iTunes Music with iTunes Match

When it comes to removing DRM from iTunes music, iTunes Match comes in handy. If you have subscribed to iTunes Match (costs $25 per year), then you are allowed to upload the entire music library to the iCloud Music Library, and stream or download them on up to 10 devices without storing a local copy. You to refer to the following steps to remove DRM from iTunes songs.

1) How to Subscribe to iTunes Match on Windows/Mac
Subscribe to iTunes Match on Windows:
Open iTunes on your Windows PC and click the “Store” at the top of the iTunes window. Click the “iTunes Match” button. Fill in the bill information and then click the “Subscribe” button.

Subscribe to iTunes Match on Mac:
Open the Apple Music app on the MacOS 10.15 Catalina or above. Move to the sidebar and tap on the “iTunes Store” > “iTunes Match”. Click the “Subscribe” button and sign in with your Apple ID and password. Finally, confirm your bill information and click the “Subscribe” button.

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2) How to Remove DRM from iTunes Music with iTunes Match Subscription
Step 1. After subscribing to iTunes Match, launch iTunes or Apple Music app on your PC/Mac. Sign in with your Apple ID and password. Then iTunes Match will automatically scan your music library for matches.

Step 2. Next, you need to find the iTunes DRM-protected songs. Click View > Show View Options. Then select the “Kind” under the File section. Exit this window and tap on the “Kind” button at the header to sort the songs.

Step 3. Go to the “Music” > “Library”. Select the protected iTunes songs you want to delete the DRM. Press on the “Delete” button on your keyboard.

Step 4. Now you can download these songs from iCloud by ticking the iCloud Download icon. When finished, you will get the unprotected iTunes songs.

download unprotected itunes music

Method 2. Remove DRM from iTunes Music with TunesBank DRM Removal

To strip DRM from iTunes songs, you can also use a DRM Removal tool. TunesBank Apple Music Converter stands out among all DRM Removals. TunesBank Apple Music Converter is an all-in-one DRM Removal and music converter that you can’t miss. It not only can help you remove DRM protection from iTunes purchased music, but also convert iTunes M4P songs to DRM-free M4A, MP3, AAC, FLAC format and make them playable on MP3 players, iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle, iPod Classic, iPod Touch, PSP, Xbox, car player, Windows Media Player, QuickTime and any other players and devices. Besides, it will keep the original quality, ID3 tags and metadata information in the output files.

In addition to unlocking iTunes music DRM, it is also a powerful Apple Music DRM Removal and Audiobook DRM Removal. With it, you can easily remove DRM from Apple Music, iTunes M4B audiobooks and Audible audiobooks, and convert them to unprotected MP3, M4A, FLAC files. In this way, you can keep Apple Music songs forever and play them on any device!

Highlights of TunesBank iTunes DRM Removal:

  • Remove DRM from iTunes music, movies, TV shows, music videos.
  • Remove DRM from Apple Music, iTunes and Audible audiobooks.
  • Convert iTunes music & Apple Music to DRM-free M4A, MP3, AAC, FLAC.
  • Convert iTunes movies, TV shows and music videos to MP3, M4A audios.
  • Convert iTunes M4B audiobooks and AA/AAX audiobooks to MP3, M4A.
  • Convert iTunes Music at 5-10X faster speed with lossless audio quality.
  • Save ID tags and metadata, including title, artwork, artist, genre, year, etc.
  • Play iTunes music, Apple Music on any device without iTunes/Apple Music app.
  • Burn iTunes/Apple Music to CD/DVD; Save iTunes music to USB drive/ SD card.
  • Easy to use; User-friendly design; Highly compatibility; Enjoy free updates.

Guide: How to Remove DRM from iTunes Music with TunesBank?

Step 1. Add DRM-ed iTunes Music to iTunes Library
Launch iTunes program on your Mac or PC with your Apple ID and authorize the computer. Choose “Music” > “App Store” > “Purchased”, download the purchased iTunes music to iTunes library. When finished, exit the iTunes program.

download purchased itunes music

Step 2. Launch TunesBank Apple Music Converter
Download and install TunesBank Apple Music Converter on your Mac or PC. When you launch the TunesBank program, iTunes program will run with it. You will see that all playlists, music and audiobooks have been synced to TunesBank.

apple music converter interface

Step 3. Select iTunes Music
Click “Playlist”, “My Songs”, then select the iTunes music by ticking the checkbox. Or you can type the music/artist name in the Search Box to locate the song.

select itunes music

Step 4. Adjust Output Settings
Go to the bottom of the main interface, and adjust the output settings and metadata. To play iTunes music on any player and device, M4A and MP3 formats are recommended. M4A is supported by all Apple devices and MP3 is supported by most devices and players. Besides, you can also change the Output Quality, Bitrate(up to 320kbps), Sample Rate, etc.

choose output format

Step 5. Start Removing DRM from iTunes Music
Hit on “Convert” button to destroy iTunes DRM and convert them to common formats with zero audio quality loss. During the process, you are able to continue adding more songs to the “Library”.

start to remove drm from itunes music

Step 5. Get DRM-free iTunes Music
TunesBank runs up to 5-10X faster speed, just wait a few minutes. After that, you can go to “Finished” section, click “View Output File” to get the non-DRM iTunes songs.

get drm-free itunes music

Now you can transfer the unprotected iTunes music to any device for offline listening!

Final Verdict

Which method do you prefer to make iTunes Music DRM-free? iTunes Match subscription fee is $25 per year, it lets you convert purchased iTunes music to unprotected AAC files. However, once you cancel the subscription, you can keep the downloaded iTunes songs playable on your devices, but you will loss access to other non-downloaded songs in iCloud Music Library.

By using TunesBank Apple Music Converter, you are able to remove DRM from iTunes music, Apple Music, audiobooks and convert them to unprotected MP3, M4A, FLAC formats. In this way, you can keep iTunes music and Apple Music forever and enjoy them offline on any device without iTunes app/Apple Music app. More importantly, the lifetime version of TunesBank Apple Music Converter only costs $39.95 for one PC/mac, and you can enjoy free updates and technical support forever. Why not have a try?

Remove DRM from iTunes Music