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How to Remove DRM from Itunes Music on Win (then Edit in Windows Movie Maker) and Mac pictures video

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How to Remove DRM from Itunes Music on Win (then Edit in Windows Movie Maker) and Mac

Since iTunes store tops the music retailer in the world, the following
tutorial focuses on how to convert purchased iTunes M4P music to MP3,
WAV or unprotected WMA so as to import it to Windows Movie Maker project
as background music. The tutorial is composed of the following four
*Part 2. Remove DRM from iTunes music on Win*
*Part 4: Free remove iTunes DRM music on Mac*

Windows Movie Maker is a totally free program that comes with Windows
XP Home Edition, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP
Professional, and Windows Vista. Below are the audio/video formats
accepted by Windows Movie Maker:
Video files: .asf, .avi, .wmv
Movie files: MPEG1, .mpeg, .mpg, .mlv, .mp2
Audio files: .wav, .snd, .au, .aif, .aifc, .aiff
Windows media files: .asf, .wm, .wma, .wmv
MP3 format audio: .mp3



The songs you purchased from iTunes store are under DRM protection. You
cannot directly import them to your Windows Movie Maker project. However
you can burn the protected music files to CD-R or CD-RW disc to make an
audio CD and then use some CD ripper software to convert the audio CD
track back to MP3, WAV, WMA, etc. And iTunes allows you to burn the
protected music files to CD-R or CD-RW disc to make a standard audio CD:

1. Insert a CD-R or CD-RW disc into your CD-ROM drive. You'd better use
CD-RW disc as it can be used for more than once.
2. Burn your playlist to make an audio CD. You cannot select the MP3 CD
option since it requires the protected music files be converted to
unprotected MP3 files.
3. After the audio CD is successfully burned, insert the disc into your
CD-ROM drive again. Then you can use iTunes to import the music tracks
on the burned disc to MP3 files.

The steps are very simple indeed. Yet, I'd like to introduce a
practical application called Daniusoft 'Digital Music Converter'
( You can use
it to move your library of M4P DRM protected music to the MP3 format
that you can use on any player out there worth its salt. You can learn
how to remove DRM from iTunes M4P music from following guide:

Stpe 1: Download and install the 'DRM Removal Software'

Stpe 2: Run the software and click “Add…” button to load MP3, WMA, AAC,
MPA ...files

Step 3: Please select “Convert to” list to choose output formats.


Stpe 4: You can click “Settings” button to custom preference for output
Click “Settings” button next to “Convert to” list for protected audio


Step 5: Start remove DRM and convert your DRM protected musics by click
on “Start” button.
Output Formats List:



After you get the output DRM-free music by adopting either the disc
burning/ripping method or virtual CD burning method discussed in Part 2,
now you can begin to import it into your Windows Movie Maker project.

Click on File. Then click on Import. A window will appear. In the
window, navigate to the sound or music file you want to add to your
movie. Then double click on the file. You'll see the icon for the file
in your Windows Movie Maker "collections". Click on the icon and drag it
on to the timeline to the part of the video you want the sound or music
to play.


The current iteration of iMovie released with the iLife '08 software
bundle is iMovie 7.1. However, in order to remove DRM protection, you
will need iMovie HD - previously bundled with iLife '06. Once downloaded
and installed, start iMovie HD and 'Create a New Project' titled
"DRM-free". Save the project to your Desktop.


In the iMovie window, select the 'Media' tab located between 'Themes'
and 'Editing'. You will notice that the top right portion of the
interface now offers a media browser. Select the 'Audio' tab and locate
the playlist which contains purchased music, or search by artist /


Select the DRM-laden song and drag the file from the media browser into
the iMovie timeline where it says "Drag audio here to build your
In order to export the song, iMovie requires that a visual image be
associated with the audio track - iMovie thinks that it is going to be
exporting a movie. Simply drag a blank image (or any other image) to the
track above the previously imported audio file. Once iMovie has
processed the image, select the 'Share…' sub menu item from found inside
'Share' in iMovie's menu bar.


Ensure that "Expert Settings" is selected in the "Compress movie for:"
drop-down menu. Selecting 'Expert Settings' mode will provide the
options to export the file as an audio file. Select the 'Share' button.

In the Save as… dialogue, select "Sound to AIFF" in the Export
drop-down menu, Choose an appropriate directory for iMovie to export to,
title the file, and select 'Save'. Depending on your machine
configuration, iMovie will compress and export the movie project as an
audio file in 15-40 seconds.


Locate the exported AIFF audio file and drag to your iTunes Library.
Right-click on the file and select "Convert Selection to AAC". Once
completed, 'Get Info' on the new file, edit meta data, add album art,
and trash the originally purchased and AIFF audio files from your iTunes

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