Crack Itunes Protected Music (remove DRM Protection)




Music was a huge part of society in the past, but with technology it is bigger than ever! The fastest, and easiest way to get music these days is via the Internet ("The Internet is a communication tool used the world over where people can come together to b!tch about movies and share pronagraphy with one another. " -- Jay and Silent Bob: Strike Back!).

Apple, Inc., Makers of the Mac/Apple computers are THE biggest online music seller. EVERYONE buys from Apple! When you buy Music in the Online Apple store, all the music that is downloaded is protected by an algorithm known as DRM. DRM prevents you from sharing your files. It pretty much forces people to buy music, instead of getting it from a friend, because DRM lock songs to one computer only.

This instructable will show you two methods of cracking and removing the DRM protection on itunes songs.

Step 1: The CD Method - Intoduction

The easiest way is the CD method.
It works some times, but not all the time, depending on what version of iTunes you have.

Step 2: The CD Method- Procedure

1) Open Itunes
2) Get a blank CD
3) Put the songs that you want on a playlist
4) Burn the playlist
5) Import the playlist back into iTunes
6) Check to see if the DRM is gone, and if the file is now an mp3

Step 3: The Program Method - Introduction

This is the most reliable method.
It's the program method.
What this program does is it automatically changes the songs that you select from DRM written to .mp3 files.

It's very simple and easy.

It's called myFairTunes.
The following link is where you can download it.

Step 4: The Program Method - Using the Program

The program is very straight foward.

1) Choose the file that you'd like to convert by choosing the names on the left
2) Choose a location where you would like the files to be saved to by clicking the "..." button on the right
3) Click Start Conversion
4) Wait for it to convert all the files
5) Import the songs into iTunes!

Step 5: OMGS!

You're done!

Enjoy sharing all the music you'd like, and never have another problem with Apple's greedy DRM lock ups!

Edit: I've been getting a lot of messages and comments about APPLE PLUS songs.
It's just another one of Apple's scams to rip us off.
Music should not be DRMed to begin with. They reason is, we ARE going to get around it.
97% of people are getting rid of DRMs because they either A) can't use the music they paid for with their mp3 player B) bought music and have the right to share it with another computer (lets say from their laptop to pc) or C) wanna promote a band to their friend

The 3% that started this DRM problem are the blackmarketers.
Funny thing is, THEY don't buy their music off They buy 1 CD for $15, Duplicate it 3000 times, and sell them for $4 each.

Apple is restricting the wrong crowd.
DRM restrictions are set for the wrong reasons.
Instead of putting DRMs on music that we want to use and share, They should put more cops in areas prone to illegal duplications of CDs and DVDs. Arrest them, take all of their merchandise, and stick them with a fine. Sooner of later, They'll stop selling because they will have the fear of being arrested.

People who are complaining about paying for music are NOT seeing the bigger picture.
WE are not the ones who need to be restricted; The blackmarketers are.
We still buy our music, (atleast most of us), and we are just fed up with the extra time and effort it takes to put music on OUR mp3 players and OUR computers.
THAT is the reason DRM is such a dumb idea, and THAT is why Apple and other companies are corrupt and just do DRMs so more people are forced to buy their music.

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    121 Discussions


    2 years ago

    More helpful to know what versions of iTunes the cd method works on?


    10 years ago on Introduction

    To clarify the many people asking whether or not this is legal here you go: in article 10 of apples terms and agreements it does state that "(vii) You shall be entitled to export, burn (if applicable) or copy (if applicable) Products solely for personal, noncommercial use. " However it also states: "(x) You agree that you will not attempt to, or encourage or assist any other person to, circumvent or modify any security technology or software that is part of the Service or used to administer the Usage Rules. " So, technically it is perfectly fine to copy and burn the music to a cd etc, however it is clearly against the itunes policy to remove the copy protection from their music; which is to the best of my knowledge means it is not "Illegal" however it does give itunes the right to disable your account, prevent you from purchasing any more music from them, and possibly even prevent you from ever using Itunes again. Overall, it is not illegal for say, but it is against the wishes of Itunes, yet there is no way for Itunes to find out that you are doing this and if you are as annoyed with apple and itunes as most people are it should not concern you in the least.

    2 replies

    Reply 2 years ago

    apple decided not to let me use my purchased music. so theyre agreement is null and void for me.

    TorM4A P3RS0N

    Reply 2 years ago

    what does "black hole it" mean?


    4 years ago on Introduction

    I made up my own way. Use Handbrake. Open HB, select destination to be Desktop. After Handbrake converts the AAC Protected file to M4v it will appear on your desktop, then simply manually change the file extension to m4a. Now double click to open in iTunes.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    hey yeah ive gotten this ipod off a friend who didn't want it anymore nd he left to go to america permanently and theres tons of apps nd songs nd stuff but they need authorization but i cant get it from my friend so can anyone helpo me i rly want to get them onto my computor so i dont lose them forever and have to download them again(most were payed ones) can anyone help me?

    A good name

    9 years ago on Introduction

    I used to pirate all my music, then I started buying. Part way through they introduced DRM. I spent months trying to find a way to remove DRM, but now I'm just pirating all my music and going to concerts instead (which is how artists make more money)


    10 years ago on Step 2

    iTunes has a quality at only 128, which is VERY compressed, so the quality is already very low compared to a CD. When you do this trick the sound gets even worse. Maybe you claim that you can't hear it, but try to burn, import, then burn the imported and import that again a few times over... Or just listen to a 128 quality mp3 compared to a CD...

    2 replies

    Reply 10 years ago on Step 2

    Digital copies are loseless....otherwise it'll be a failed copy and the disc burn/import is aborted. Correct me if I'm wrong but this is what I've always thought. If you put 128 bits/s in then you get that back out since the bumps on the disc represent a "digital" representation of the file. I haven't tested this since I have better things to do with my CD-R's :D


    10 years ago on Introduction

    how about getting the protection off of a movie you bought off of itunes


    10 years ago on Step 3

    Hi All, In a little bit of a jam here. I just bought an ipod off of ebay and the seller said there would be tons of music on there, which there was, unfortunately about half of the songs are not authorized to play on my computer. I don't know if there is any way of bypassing this so as to play the songs, even if i have to convert it to another format........ any help is greatly appreciated. Thx.

    There are actually places on the internet you can buy songs for say 10 cents each. They are legal because they are in places like Russia where it is legal to sell the songs for so low a price and it is legal to buy them here in america. Also, some of them record what you buy so that if you harddrive dies you can re-download yous songs for free, so why use itunes or any american store when you can get them better and cheaper somewhere else? Also, limewire is crap, it didn't use to be, but the government now records everything you upload, so you will get caught if you download something illegal off of limewire don't use it!

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    Rob Keveryones a chump

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Itunes does not have a re-download option. If you lose what you bought and did not back up, you get screwed.

    MatrixEagle15Rob K

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    i know its REALLY retarded my library crashed like 5 times now and every time i loose my downloaded songs