[Software Review] Top 3 Best DRM Removal Freeware (Mac & Windows)

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DRM copy protection is great as an anti-piracy technology, but it somehow punishes consumers that have legally purchased those media content. Generally speaking, DRM-protected movies, music, audiobooks can only be played by selected and approved devices in a limited way. For instance, when you download a movie from iTunes, you can't play the video on your Android tablets, but only on iOS devices because of the DRM protection. Oriented by the growing needs of getting back full ownership of those DRM media, a number of DRM removal tools come out, both paid and free. If you have no idea on which one to pick, you are suggested to have a test with some freeware at the firt place. In case you'll get lost again in the sea of the free DRM removers, we are listing some top DRM removal freeware that bypass DRM encryption legally with high quality on Mac and Windows and produces DRM-free media files that you can enjoy on practically any capable device. With these top 3 free DRM removal applications, you can easily get all your iTunes movies, TV shows, music, audiobooks, etc. permanently free from DRM.

No 1. Requiem (Mac & Windows) - Best iTunes DRM Media Converter Freeware

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Requiem is a free iTunes DRM removal software specialized in removing FairPlay DRM from iTunes videos, music, eBooks. Unlike some fake DRM removal utilities that simply perform a screen recording of iTunes videos, Requiem is promised to remove iTunes DRM losslessly without re-encoding. However, Requiem lost the war with Apple in 2012. It was stopped upgrading permanently since the release of iTunes 11 that year. The latest version remains in Requiem 4.1. That's to say, if you want to use Requiem to strip DRM from your iTunes media for free, the first thing you have to do is downgrading iTunes to version 10.7 or lower. To decrypt DRM from iTunes music and movies, Requiem 4.1 is the required version. For decrypting iBooks, the best combo would be Requiem 3.3.6 and iTunes 10.5.3.

Pros:

* A complete solution to remove DRM from iTunes videos, songs, audiobooks and iBooks
* Support removing iTunes DRM losslessly
* Very easy-to-use and totally free
* Support both Mac and Windows OS

Cons:

* Out of development for years
* Windows users need to install Java to make Requiem work properly on Windows PC
* Support iTunes 10.7 or lower
* Can't convert iTunes movie rentals

Best Alternative to Requiem 4.1 - DRmare M4V Converter

If you don't want to go back to old iTunes but like what Requiem does on removing iTunes DRM, such as the lossless quality, you are suggested to try out the best alternative to Requiem 4.1. Here we are talking about DRmare iTunes M4V Converter (Mac & Windows). It's not a free DRM remover, but it featuring lossless removing DRM copoy protection from both rented and purchased iTunes movies and TV shows, as well as iTunes Extras. It's able to keep original AC3 5.1 audio track, closed captions, subtitles and convert the iTunes M4V videos to DRM-free formats, including MP4, M4V, MOV, AVI, MKV, MPEG, etc. at 30X faster speed. Better than Requiem, it fully supports the latest iTunes and computer systems. For more details, you can read this tutorial: How to Remove DRM from iTunes Movies with DRmare.

No 2. myFairTunes (Windows) - iTunes Music DRM Removal Freeware

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myFairTunes is another free DRM removal program but mainly focuses on removing DRM from iTunes M4P songs. Although Apple already dropped out DRM from its iTunes music files since 2009, this freeware can still act as a great tool for iTunes users who collected thousands of protected songs from iTunes Store earlier than 2009. Comes with a user-friendly interface, myFairTunes empowers you unlock iTunes FairPlay-encrypted songs and albums by converting the DRM-ed M4P music files to common MP3 format easily. Thus, you can share your iTunes songs to non-Apple devices freely after conversion.

Pros:

* Free to remove DRM from iTunes M4P music tracks
* Support search for DRM protected music
* Backup original M4P songs before stripping off DRM
* Simple to use with small size

Cons:

* Only available for Windows version
* Stopped upgrading and requires iTunes 7.0.5 or earlier
* Can't customize output music quality, file size, etc.
* Need to install Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0

No 3. Calibre (Mac & Windows) - Best eBook DRM Removal Freeware

calibre ebook converter

Calibre is a free e-book application suite developed to help users manage their e-book collections, by converting, editing, creating and reading eBooks of different formats. It could be the best free way to remove DRM from eBooks. It supports a variety of formats, including Kindle books, Barnes and Noble, Adobe Digital Content, etc.

Pros:

* All-in-one eBook converter and manager
* Support 50+ eBook formats
* Easily download e-books from online stores
* Support 'search book' function
* Totally free to use
* Support Mac, Windows and Linux

Cons:

* Need plug-in to remove DRM from eBooks
* Not very user-friendly

June 20, 2017 17:11 pm

Posted by Josh Williams to Reviews

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