Is it legal or illegal to remove the DRM (Digital Rights Management) from your iTunes video purchases? The laws are a mess. Most people don’t care and go by their moral compass and I believe you should do the same. That’s not a reason to steal a copy of a movie that you don’t own, but if you believe it’s fair to make a copy for your own use and protection of the original, what’s wrong with that?
Today I want to show you how to take your Mac equipped with NoteBurner M4V Converter Plus and turn it into a DRM removing machine. This process will require some money on your end, but the cost is worth it to be able to take your purchased media anywhere you want. Here’s how to rip out Apple’s FairPlay DRM and turn that copy-protected iTunes video into a regular old MP4 on your Mac:
The first thing you need to do is launch NoteBurner with iTunes closed (you’ll be prompted to close iTunes if it’s already open).
Choosing the Right Output Format
Once NoteBurner is open, you can click the button labeled “Same as source for mov” and choose “Same as source for mp4” from the menu. This will give you a close 1-to-1 output of the movie as an MP4 instead of a MOV file.
Selecting Movies to Convert
Next, you will want to click the button labeled “Add Movies” in the top left of the application or the “Add Files” button in the lower middle portion of the application. After you see iTunes open up in the background a menu will appear with a list of available movies to convert. Select your choice and click “OK”.
Start the DRM Removal Process
At this time, you can choose to add more movies to the queue or start the conversion process. When you are ready, click the “Convert” button.
Wait for NoteBurner to work its magic and spit out a DRM-free copy of your movie.
NoteBurner works very well, has applications for both Mac and Windows, and is really easy to use, but it will cost you money ($39.95 for the standard version and $49.95 for the plus version). Purchasing the plus version will gain you the ability to remove the DRM from iTunes movie rentals. I don’t support this and wasted $10 on a feature I will never use. Don’t do the same. If you want a free alternative, you can play the DRM movie on your computer and use QuickTime Player (or other screen recording applications) to record the screen and audio. This conversion is extremely slow, taking the entire length of the movie. It’s not perfect, but if you’re on a tight budget it will do.
Now that you know how to remove that pesky DRM, go convert your collection and give it a nice home in a secure cloud storage service.