How to Unprotect iTunes Songs - Top 3 Ways [2021 Updated]
As we all know, before 2009, iTunes music is protected. And people can't listen to iTunes songs outside iTunes or Apple Music. If you have those protected iTunes songs, you may want to find a way to unprotect iTunes music.
Nowadays, there are many tips on how to unprotect iTunes songs. Here in this post, we will introduce top 3 ways for you to remove DRM from iTunes Music. Just follow the tutorial below and learn how to do that.
Part 1. How to Unprotect iTunes Songs with DRmare Audio Converter
To remove DRM from iTunes and unprotect iTunes songs, the best way for you is to use DRmare Audio Converter.
This tool can smartly remove protection from iTunes music. And it can convert iTunes M4P songs to MP3, AAC, M4B, FLAC, AAC and WAV. And you will get lossless audio files after converting.
Besides, you don't need to wait a long time for the conversion as DRmare runs at 30X faster converting speed. Also, the ID3 tags from iTunes music will be saved during the conversion.
After removing DRM from iTunes songs, you can use iTunes music on any device offline without any restriction.
Not sure how it works to unprotect songs on iTunes? Just follow this quick tutorial to remove DRM from iTunes music. It has never been easier with the well-crafted application. It works well on both Windows and Mac computer. Here we will take the Mac version for example.
Note: Please check whether you had purchased the iTunes songs. And make sure that the songs can be played well in iTunes.
- Step 1Load downloaded iTunes M4P songs to DRmare
- Download and install DRmare Audio Converter on your Mac computer. Then open the program. Browse and add protected iTunes files directly via the 'Add Files' button. Then the iTunes songs will be loaded in DRmare.
- Step 2Choose output format for iTunes songs
- Please simply click the "format" button. It will prompt you the format options. You can select one for iTunes songs to match your needs. If you are not sure which format works well for you, you'd better choose "MP3". It is a universal format.
- Step 3Remove DRM from iTunes music and convert to MP3
- Please just click "Convert" button to initial the converting process. Within a few minutes, DRmare will unprotect purchased iTunes music for you. Then you can see all your iTunes DRM-free songs on the output folder. And you can move them to any other devices for playback freely. No authorization needed.
Part 2. How to Unprotect iTunes Songs via iTunes Match
Currently, all the songs from iTunes Store is without Digital Rights Management (DRM). Apple named it as iTunes Plus, which offers unprotected and high quality AAC audio files. But music tracks from iTunes Store before 2009 is with DRM. Besides, those files can only be used on iOS devices or up to 5 authorized computers. So, you need to remove DRM from iTunes songs. To do that, you just need to subscribe to the iTunes Match service.
iTunes Match allows you to access to all the music from your devices and other sources. BY subscribing to iTunes Match, you can match or sync up to 100,000 tracks from your iTunes Library to iCloud. And you can play or get DRM-free iTunes music to up to 10 devices.
Below are the steps to guide you how to subscribe to iTunes Match.
Steps to Subscribe to iTunes Match:
On Windows Computer:
Step 1. Open iTunes program.
Step 2. Hit on 'Store' from the top on iTunes main window.
Step 3. Find and click 'iTunes Match' under the 'Features'.
Step 4. Check your pay info and hit 'Subscribe'.
On Mac Computer:
Step 1. Launch the Apple Music program.
Step 2. Head to the sidebar and touch on 'iTunes Store.
Note: If you can't find the iTunes Store on your Mac, please open Apple Music app. Then hit 'Music' > 'Preferences' at the menu bar. Next, head to the 'General' option and choose 'iTunes Store'. Finally, hit 'OK' button.
Step 3. Scroll down at the window of iTunes Store. Then choose and click 'iTunes Match' under 'Features'.
Step 4. Hit the 'Subscribe' button. Then log in with your Apple ID and password.
Step 5. Check for your pay info and hit 'Subscribe'.
After subscribing, iTunes Match will scan your iTunes music library for matches automatically.
Now, we can go on and see how to unprotect songs in iTunes via iTunes Match.
How to Unprotect iTunes Songs by iTunes Match
Step 1. Open iTunes and sign in it with your Apple ID and password.
Step 2. Go to "My Music" tab at the top of iTunes. Then choose the songs you want to upgrade.
Step 3. Hit 'Delete' key on your keyboard. Then hit 'Delete Songs' at the pop-up text.
Step 4. Click the "iTunes Store" tab. Then head to 'Quick Links' from the right side of iTunes. Then click "Purchased".
Step 5. Hit 'Music' from the top-right corner of iTunes. Then find the songs that you want to save as DRM-free version.
Step 6. Click the 'cloud' icon to re-download the new version of songs or album.
With the steps above, you can easily unprotect music files in iTunes.
Part 3. How to Unprotect iTunes Music by Burning to CDs
Here is another way on how to unprotect iTunes songs for you. That is to burn iTunes music to CDs. You can do that in iTunes directly. And you also need a new CD to save DRM-free iTunes songs. Below are the steps for you.
How to Unprotect Songs in iTunes by Burning to CD
Step 1. Open iTunes application on your Mac or Windows computer.
Step 2. Insert a blank CD into your computer.
Step 3. Choose and hit on 'File' > 'New Playlist' on iTunes. Please name the playlist.
Step 4. Choose the iTunes audio files that you want to unprotect in iTunes Library. Then drag them to the newly playlist.
Step 5. Once added, right-click the playlist and choose 'Burn Playlist to Disc' option.
Step 6. Choose 'Audio CD' option from the window box. Then it will unprotect iTunes songs and burn them to CD.
Step 7. Once burned, you can rip the burned iTunes songs to your computer from CD. Please eject the CD from your computer first.
Step 8. Open iTunes, head to 'Edit' > 'Preferences' > 'General' option. Then hit 'Import Settings'.
Step 9. Insert the CD into your computer again. Then hit 'Yes' button to start to rip iTunes songs from CD.
Note: You can only burn the same song once in iTunes. And it will take a long time to burn lots of music files.
Part 4. The Verdict
From this post, you'd got top 3 ways to unprotect iTunes songs. Among them, DRmare Audio Converter is the best way to remove DRM from iTunes music. The difference is that iTunes Match will charge you much more money in the long run. While burning iTunes music to CDs is quite difficult.
Thus, DRmare Audio Converter is one-time fee software yet offer much more features. It also can convert Apple Music and Audible files. And it can keep lossless audio quality after converting. By comparison, DRmare is slightly better. Just give it a try and unprotect iTunes music for enjoying easily.