How to Remove DRM Protection From ITunes Music on a Mac




DRM protection on music bought from ITunes is designed to prevent people sharing that music with all their friends, relatives, neighbours etc... However it also, inadvertantly, prevents some legitimate users to place the music on their DRM incompatible MP3 players. This Instructable will outline one method of removing the DRM protection using a Burn>Rip automating program and a CD-RW.

Step 1: You Will Need...

Required for this Instructable are:

1) DRM Dumpster: Buy here for $24.95

2) 1x CD-RW: A high quality model is recommended.

Step 2: Set Up DRM Dumpster

When I bought the program it came with a file entitled "Important.rtf", the following instructions are copyed form that file for the benefit of those who accidentally delete it, don't for some reason have the file in the first place or simply choose to ignore it.

To setup your hardware before using DRM Dumpster:

1. Eject your iPod
2. Disconnect your iPod
3. Turn off your Network Connection

To setup iTunes 7 correctly before using DRM Dumpster:

1. Launch iTunes
2. Open your iTunes Preferences
3. Select General
4. Un-check the item titled "Check for updates automatically"
5. Select Advanced
6. Select Importing
7. Select On CD Insert: Show CD
8. Uncheck Automatically retrieve CD track names from Internet
9. Select Burning
10. Select Disc Format: Audio CD
11. Click OK
12. Quit iTunes

To setup Universal Access correctly before using DRM Dumpster:

1. Open System Preferences
2. Select Universal Access
3. Select Enable access for assistive devices
4. Close System Preferences

To setup CDs & DVDs correctly before using DRM Dumpster:

1. Open System Preferences
2. Select CDs & DVDs
3. Select Ignore beside When you insert a blank CD:
4. Select Ignore beside When you insert a music CD:
5. Close System Preferences

Step 3: Insert the CD-RW and Begin!

Insert the CD-RW and start DRM Dumpster. To begin removing DRM follow these instructions:

1. Drag DRM Dumpster from the Disk Image or CD to your Applications folder
2. Open your Applications folder
3. Double click DRM Dumpster

4. Make sure the pop up menu titled:
"iTunes burns CDs using:" says
File (Burn Playlist to Disc)

5. If needed enter the word for Protected in your local language
in DRM Dumpster in the field titled:
Identify protected tracks by looking for this word in Kind:

6. If you want to convert a specific playlist instead of your entire library then pick the playlist
from the pop up menu titled:
In this playlist:

7. Optionally, if you want to convert to a format other than MP3 (the default) then pick the format from the
pop-up menu to the left of the Dump DRM button

8. Click the Dump DRM button

When you click the Dump DRM button, DRM Dumpster will ask you to insert a CDRW. DRM Dumpster will then find all the protected tracks and start burning them in groups of 10-20 to the CDRW and ripping them back to your selected, unprotected format. All your unprotected tracks will be placed in a new playlist called something like MP3 from DRM Dumpster (the MP3 will change if you picked another unprotected format) and your original tracks will be left untouched. Its going to take some time so you should have something else to do, not on your computer, and just check on DRM Dumpster now and then to make sure things are still happening.

Step 4: Place the Resultant MP3 Files on Your MP3 Player

The method for this section of the Instructable differs from model to model but the method for my MP3 player and most (I think!) is as follows:

1) Connect your MP3 player to your computer via a USB port.
2) Locate the MP3 files on your HD.
3) Drag and drop the files into your MP3 player or.....
4) ...alternatively you may need to import the files into your MP3 player's own music library program such as Sonicstage.



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    17 Discussions


    1 year ago

    Well, as for me, I would like to some simple operated DRM Converter rather than such long operating steps to remove the DRM from iTunes Music. Maybe there is another choose can be made.


    1 year ago

    To remove DRM from iTunes music on a Mac, a converter is absolutely needed. I've used TuneFab Apple Music Converter. It works well in removing DRM.


    1 year ago

    I also have some DRM-protected iTunes songs
    stored in my library and they could not be upgraded anymore. I’ve tried many
    ways to remove the DRM protection, for example I've deleted the original tracks
    and downloaded from previously purchases and it didn't work. I don't want to
    subscribe to iTunes Match either.

    So it's really driving me mad for a long
    time. But later I downloaded TuneFab Apple Music Converter from the Giveaway of
    the Day website, it’s a great DRM removal software which solves my problem
    smoothly. The tracks are no longer have DRM and likely to be transferred to any

    Hope it helps.


    2 years ago

    DRM Media Converter is so much better then any of the above. It can easily remove drm protection from all kinds of iTunes music.


    2 years ago

    Apple Music Converteris
    a professional music DRM removing and stripping software to help you remove DRM
    protection on both Mac and Windows easily. Aside from the ability to remove music DRM, you can convert
    music files to DRM-free format like MP3, AAC, AIFF, AU, FLAC, M4A, M4R and MKA.

    Read more about how to remove DRM from Apple Music.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Using limewire you need yur head searching, that program like bearshare and others that use Gnutella networks is spyware riddled. If you want to make your PC useless than please go ahead and install it. The number of friends PC's that have been wrecked by this software, I lose count and all have been converted to more safer forms of peer to peer.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    ever hear of frostwire?? its the same thing as LimeWire Pro with the protection and faster speed along with filters but its free


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    uTorrent is so much better then any of the above. Its P2P, but others get to rate and comment on the full albums you can get. Entire discography's even. Gives you a file list as well, so you know what your downloading.

    Of course if I knew how to remove the DRM I would'nt have to redownload them again. :\ Now I know.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Well I don't use Limewire because I know it's a virus breeding ground and any other p2p file sharing programs. I use Clickster, which is nothing like Limewire, in that it's like an internet crawler that explores the internet searching only for mp3 files with the same name as the song you want. You should try it.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I use Google. If you understand that google is the original hackers tool for seeking out and obtaining files, you will not need any sofware other than your web browser and the URL for google. I recently demonstrated this to a friend who was gobsmacked when I told him he didn;t need to install a program to download songs, the internet has thousands of them and most are hidden from normal web viewing but google sees all. So a bit of the old search-a-roo and a tweak to the search criteria and I have a nice list of exactly waht I am looking for if it exists at all. If you must peer to peer, then you can do better with Bit Torrent (Original) from the Bit Torrent web site. If you need to use a searchable network then the emule network is reliable but slow. Close behind, Shareaza although I do not rate the new style and system and have ceased using it because of it. Quickest way to kill off a client is to change the familiar to something alien and unuseable.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    An easier way would be to use itunes to burn a WAV cd with the wanted songs on it, Then to rip them into itunes as mp3s.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    In all honesty, I'm not sure of the legality of this procedure but according to the site I downloaded it from it is legal....apparently. The procedure itself seems legal to me, there are any number of reasons why you may need, without meaning to remove the DRM, to rip music back off a CD. The result? Well, as long as you don't start uploading the files all over the internet, it is not illegal to the best of my knowledge. I apologise in advance if someone with a far greater knowledge of this subject than me corrects me but I honestly believe this process to legal...ish.