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How to play your iTunes music on other devices

“So you’ve got an iPod, you go and buy music but then your machines dies, or have many many computers and devices you listen to music on, or maybe sometimes you use an operating system not supported by iTunes, how can you listen to your purchased music? Well, usually you can’t- why? Because the songs you purchased are DRM protected, that means you can only listen to them on specific computers and devices. For most folks the limits of a few computers or devices are fine, but for the gadget geek- nope, we have too many computers and devices. It would be like buying a DVD but only being able to watch it in some rooms, or only some TVs.

Now to be clear, this isn’t a way to take music you bought and give it to someone else, this is so you can listen to your own purchased music on other systems or devices. In fact, your personal info is still in the file.”

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Another solution is to use AudioHijack to capture the music in an MP3 format.

Posted by samIam in Irvine, CA on May 18, 2004 at 9:08 PM (CDT)


Burning a CD and re-ripping also works. The ripping part is quick and east, and making a regular CD is a good idea anyway—useful if you ever want to listen somewhere (friend’s house or car?) that only has a CD player. And it’s a DRM-free backup if your computer fries too.

Plus, now you can print those nifty cover mosaics :)

But it’s nice not to HAVE to burn CDs. If you don’t want them, why landfill them?

Posted by Nagromme in Irvine, CA on May 18, 2004 at 10:33 PM (CDT)


This sort of post is irresponsible and undermines the future of freely available digital music.

The RIAA and record companies may have required DRM protection in their files. But promoting the removal of that DRM that will only reinforce the fact that they made the right decision to begin with. The end result will be that the record companies won’t release more music and we will be stuck here in the present with a DRM that gets stronger and stronger.

Ideallly.. we should be able to get all music legally and without DRM online. To get to that point, the RIAA and record companies need to be convinced that selling online is a viable option. Once that happens, the majority of people will buy music online, and then hopefully artists can start to deal directly with the ITMS or whichever store(s) prevail for their distribution and the record companies can go to hell.

THAT should be the future we all hope for and not a situation where a cartel controls everything as it does currently.

Posted by camson in Irvine, CA on May 18, 2004 at 10:53 PM (CDT)


Amazing, yet not surprising in the least. The intresting thing is back in ‘94-‘95. The RIAA should have stepped into the internet and MP3 craze that was starting up back then. Remember “Scour”(long before napster). At this time people were sharing and such. The RIAA did nothing. And for some reason, instead of trying to harness this and turn it into something profitable and provide a legal for people to download MP3’s. They chose to ignore it, (maybe thinking it would go away?). So the RIAA kind of brought this entire thing on themselves. No it’s not right to steal songs. But it took them forever to do something about it. It wasn’t till Napster got popular that the RIAA did anything. And then, they took quite an aggresive approach. On how to deal with it. Like when napster became popular they(RIAA) were shocked that it was happening, never mind people had been doing it for years before napster stepped in. What did they think, that MP3’s were just going to go away? It took them almost 4 years before they became concerned. And instead of trying to figure out a way to harbor it and use it to their advatage. (a.k.a an itunes-like store of there own) They got sue happy. At least apple stepped in(also others) and saw the light. Sorry, just ranting…

Posted by Blades in Irvine, CA on May 18, 2004 at 11:59 PM (CDT)


cartels…RIAA…the distinction blurs when you consider how much the artist is actually paid relative to the music industry fat cats.  I’d love to see artists being able to sell their songs direct to us via internet - cut out the fat leeches in the middle…so forthright in protecting their ‘rights’ to be paid in the name of artist rights…and why shouldnt I be able to use music I have purchased on other CD players, car steros, computer etc…DRM is just that - a fat cat’s dream of maintaining the inequitablities in the music industry…and the ridiculous price of modern CDs/DVDs.  I’ll stop swappiung music when all of my money goes dirct to the artist…

Posted by hawkspy in Irvine, CA on May 19, 2004 at 6:10 AM (CDT)


it’s funny to hear so many people halways telling others to burn a cd and re-rip their iTMS to circumvent the DRM, but then you hear so many people in an uproar when others come up with an idea to strip the DRM off the FairPlay’ed AACs. BOTH methods are illegal, both breaking the DRM. both methods are a breach of contract. don’t laud one, while disapproving the other.

Posted by mmm. in Irvine, CA on May 19, 2004 at 7:01 AM (CDT)


look, you paid for the right to use the song on iTMS.  You read the agreement and apparently agreed to it.  Stop trying to circumvent.  If you truly wish to do something, figure out a way for artist to distribute their music via co-op or something.  Otherwise stop complaining.

Posted by wandaloo in Irvine, CA on May 19, 2004 at 8:12 AM (CDT)


This program apparently removes protection but leaves the Apple email ID.  Therefore anyone that shares the file can be traced.

Posted by WMC in Irvine, CA on May 19, 2004 at 8:26 AM (CDT)


F these pricks. I bought the song, and if I want to listen to it on my Winamp at work - I have every right to.

Posted by Dr_Cogent in Irvine, CA on May 20, 2004 at 12:38 PM (CDT)


Sorry Dr_Cogent. You didn’t buy the song, you _licensed_ it. When you created your iTunes account, you agreed to the License Agreement which states that you may not circumvent the DRM embedded in each song. You have absolutely no right to decrypt the original AAC files.

However, there are other ways:
1) You could reencode them in mp3 or unprotected AAC.
2) You could install iTunes at work and authorize that computer.
3) If you wanted to use Winamp instead, you could get the current AAC plugin that allows Winamp to access protected AAC files.

Posted by steeef in Irvine, CA on May 20, 2004 at 3:23 PM (CDT)


Another way - to use Soundtaxi audio converter for example -

Posted by Alessio in Irvine, CA on July 12, 2006 at 11:16 AM (CDT)


Note that it’s better to download from their official site - there’s the latest prog version there!!!

Posted by Alessio in Irvine, CA on August 7, 2006 at 10:00 AM (CDT)


One more anti-drm guide here:

Posted by in Irvine, CA on November 16, 2006 at 11:24 AM (CST)

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