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How to Remove iTunes DRM Protection on Mac (El Capitan included)

What Does iTunes DRM Really Mean?

DRM is an acronym for Digital Rights Management, a class of controversial technologies used to restrict the free use and transfer of digital content such as making backup copies of CDs or DVDs, using copyrighted materials. Until 2009, Apple’s iTunes implemented a DRM schemes built in all of its media downloads (audio files, movies, videos) to limit the number of devices they may be played on.

While iTunes sells a wealth of videos, their DRM-protected M4V format prevents the users from transferring or burning the files, only permitting you watch them on Apple’s devices only.

The Legality of Removing DRM Protection

About the legality of removing DRM is always the subject of lively debate among advocates and dissenters. Security issues, fair use issues, and issues of creative expression are all at the forefront of the DRM battle. Advocates argue that the use of digital technology should be unfettered, so this article will be based on fair use clause which allows for unhampered use in certain situations.

DRM Removal Software

In essence, a good DRM program has to define three distinct entities – the consumer, the content itself, and the consumer's rights to use the content. There are numerous software ways to remove DRM protection on a Mac OS powered computers. MacX Video Converter Pro was reviewed here while proved to be a versatile program to remove DRM legally (doesn't hack DRM encryption) and produce DRM-free media files that you can enjoy on iPhone, iPad, Android, HTC, Samsung, PSP, Blackberry, and several other options.

This DRM removal software for Mac actually works as a screen recorder to capture and record every DRM-protected iTunes movies & TV shows. It allows you to legally remove DRM from iTunes videos and save iTunes purchased or rental movies to any format (like MP4 format) preserving original sound and video quality for long-time.

How to Remove DRM Protection From Apple Store Video

Step 1: Click "Screen Recorder" Button.
Download and open this iTunes DRM remover, click the “Screen Recorder” button in the main window.

Remove DRM Protection from iTunes Video

Step 2: Adjust Capture Settings.
You may customize the capture area, tune video frame rate, select a target folder as output location.

Remove DRM from iTunes Video

Step 3: Start Record DRM Video to Remove DRM Protection
Then click the record button to start recording! Wait for the recording procedure to be completed, then press the stop short key to stop recording and find the video file located at the output folder you set.

Tips: By default, this DRM removal software simply creates an MOV, but it's also capable of conforming the file to new specifications by adding recorded movie to convert list so you can play it back on any formats or devices.

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