How to Remove DRM Protection for Free?

When you download music and media files from iTunes, Windows Media Player, Zune, Rhapsody and so on, You may always come across an annoying thing - "DRM". This tutorial shows how to remove DRM protection legally, it include two parts:
Part 1: What's DRM;
Part 2: How to Remove DRM Protection for Free.

Part 1: What's DRM?

DRM, Digital Rights Management, refers to a range of access control technologies that limit usage of digital media or devices. It has been used by some big companies to protect their intellectual property rights, such as Sony, Apple Inc., Microsoft and so on. Songs bought from different companies will have different DRM protection that can restrict you from playing songs on incompatible players.

For example, if you downloaded a protected music from Microsoft Zune that has windows DRM, you can only play the music on Zune player. If you accidently bought a PSP, you just can't play the music on your new player. Also, DRM restrict the usage of computers, so you just can't share you DRM-laden music with your friends. There comes the headache!

Part 2: How to Remove DRM Protection for Free?

Now, this tutorial tells three way to remove DRM protection then you can play them on your phone, iPad, iPod, Zune, PSP, CD player, PC, burn DRM protected files to DVD and copy DRM protected files to anything else that you can listen to music video on.

Method 1 - Burn and Rip

Actually, there is a common free method to remove DRM protection with 2 steps:

  • Burn the protected WMA to a CD
  • Rip them off to your computer, then the DRM should be removed from the WMA files.

Note: This method is only applicable to DRM protected WMA files, So it's not very convenient.

Method 2 - Using freeme2

freeme2 is a free and open source DRM Remover. It is used to remove DRM from Windows Media audio and video files. Following is how to remove DRM protection using freeme2.

  • Put your DRM protected media files in the same folder as Freeme2.
  • Extract your license keys. You can do this with drmdbg. If you use drmdbg you can take the drm2-i.key file generated by drmdbg, rename it to drm2.key and copy it to the FreeMe2 folder.
  • Drag your sample.wma file onto FreeMe2.exe. It starts up and runs fine.

Note: But there are disadvantages for using freeme2 to remove DRM free, cause much video and audio quality could be lost during the removing process. So here we recommend the third method.

Method 3 - Using Aimersoft DRM Media Converter

Aimersoft DRM Media Converter can remove DRM protection from movies and music bought from iTunes 10, Microsoft Media Center, Napster, Pandora, BBC iPlayer, Amazon video on Demand and other DRM protected media center legally; As well as convert video and audio files to whatever format you want.

Here's the step-by-step guide on how to use Aimersoft DRM Media Converter to remove DRM free:

Step 1. Free download and install Aimersoft DRM Media Converter.

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Step 2. Add video or audio files

Click on Add button to browse your computer and add video/audio files to the program. Double-click the file, and you can preview the movie in the Preview pane on the right.

steps on how to remove drm protection for free

Step 3. Customize output settings and Start conversion

Choose an output format from "Convert audio to" or "Convert video to". Click the "Settings" button to open the Settings dialog box for detailed settings of the output format. When all settings done, click on "Start" to remove DRM protection.

After conversion, you can click the "Find Target" button to open the output folder and find the converted files.That's all.

As you see, Aimersoft DRM Media Converter helps you remove DRM protection as easy as 1-2-3! And it has more features beyond your imagination:

  • DRM remover for all copyright protected videos & audios
  • DRM converter to convert video & audio files
  • All video & audio formats are supported
  • Remove and convert video& audio with super quality and high speed

Just Free Download to remove DRM protection and release you media life!

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