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Top 5 Best DRM Removal Software for macOS (Ventura and Earlier)

"I bought the movie "Iron Man 3" from iTunes and want to burn it to disk. Does anybody know how can i remove DRM from iTunes movies on Mac for free, or a paid DRM remover Mac users can rely on? I legitimately bought the movie from Apple iTunes and just want to watch it on TV."

"I bought several songs from iTunes Store but they won't play on my non-Apple cell phone. Is there any way to remove DRM protection on Mac so that I can play it on my Samsung phone?"

It's quite easy to remove DRM on macOS as long as you pick the right tool to do the job. Here we share top 5 DRM removal tools for macOS(Ventura, Big Sur, Mojave, and earlier) for your reference.

Remove iTunes DRM on Mac and Convert Format in 1 Click

Click to remove DRM protections from iTunes movies, TV shows, videos, songs, music, audiobooks etc and convert iTunes purchases to DRM-free files for non-Apple mobiles & players by drag and drop with the best DRM removal software for Mac.

#1. The Fastest DRM Removal Software for macOS - MacX MediaTrans

MacX MediaTrans is the easiest and fastest iTunes DRM remover for Mac users. It easily strips DRM restrictions from iTunes music, songs, audiobooks and more purchases, and auto converts DRM-ed audiobook M4B to MP3, Apple Music to MP3/AAC for free playback on Android, Google, Windows mobiles, VLC players or other non-Apple devices. The powerful iTunes DRM unlocker on Mac will retain all the 100% full quality, subtitles and audio tracks.

iTunes Drm removal Mac software

How to Remove iTunes DRM from Files, Music, Audiobooks on Mac

Before we undock iTunes DRMs on Mac computers (MacBook Pro/Air/iMac), now free download the DRM remover for Mac (there is also Windows version for PC users). The program for Mac updates with the latest Mac OS X and iTunes versions.

Step 1: Connect iDevices to Mac Computers

Connect iPhone iPad or iPod with computer with USB cable. To prevent any unwanted data loss, turn off auto iTunes syncing: iTunes > Edit > Preferences > Devices and select "Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically".

Step 2: Select DRM-locked Movies/Music/Audiobooks

For iTunes movies and audio books, click "Video" or "Book" on the main interface to enter into each section. Then choose the specific movies/books you'd like to unlock DRM protections, or "Select All" to transfer all the movies/books and bypass DRM on Mac OS X in batches.

To remove DRM from Apple Music, you need to go one more step. First, you need to open iCloud Music Library on your iPhone, and set it to share with other applications. Then just select the DRM-protected songs.

Step 3: Bypass DRM from iTunes Movies/Music/Books on Mac

After you select the files, just click "Decode" button to strip the DRM restrictions. You can unlock DRM from iTunes movies on Mac free to MP4, convert Apple Music to MP3 and locked protected M4P songs/audiobooks to MP3 for free playback on other devices and players.

Then click "Export", and all those iTunes DRM-locked media will be transferred to Mac in protected-free MP4 or MP3 files. Thus, you can even transfer iTunes purchases to Android devices to watch iTunes movies on Android or alternatively play iTunes movies on TV with bigger screen.

#2. DRM Removal Tool for macOS - Requiem

Overview: Requiem is a lightweight DRM removal software for macOS that doesn’t need much memory. It can remove DRM from music, videos, PDFs, eBooks purchased from iTunes and other files. The decryption process won’t decrease the file quality. It detects copy protection and decrypt DRM-ed files quickly within a few minutes. The DRM removal tool works on macOS, Windows, and Linux.

Requiem is out of development since 2012. Requiem 4.1 is limited to work in older version of iTunes, v.10.7 and earlier. You can’t remove DRM from iTunes video or music with the DRM removal for Mac in newer version of iTunes. Bugs have been reported in the last 4.1 version.

Suggested Reading => How to Transfer DRM-ed Music from iPhone to Mac When iTunes Not Working

DRM Removal Tool for macOS - Requiem

#3. DRM Removal Tool for macOS - M4VGear DRM Media Converter

M4VGear DRM Media Converter is a good DRM removal tool for macOS, designed to remove DRM from iTunes videos and music. M4VGear can quickly remove DRM from iTunes purchases and rentals and convert iTunes videos movies in M4V to MP4, MOV, or MP3. The DRM removal for macOS supports most commonly used video formats, such as MP4, MOV, MP3, MPEG. All subtitles & audio tracks can be kept after DRM removal on Mac.

M4VGear DRM Media Converter only works in iTunes DRM removal. If you want to remove DRM from other files, you have resort to other DRM removal tools for macOS on the list. The price is high - $44.95 for the full version.

Suggested Reading => How to Remove Apple Music DRM & Convert Apple Music to MP3/AAC

DRM Removal Tool for macOS - M4VGear

#4. DRM Removal Tool for macOS - myFairTunes

myFairTunes is a free DRM removal for macOS. It has been abandoned. You can still download myFairTunes from some software download websites. It removes Apple’s Fairplay DRM and converts purchased iTunes movie and music to DRM-free. iTunes needs to be installed for the tool. With a simple music converter built-in, you can use the DRM removal tool to convert iTunes music to DRM-free MP3 format.

It only supports iTunes 7.5.0 or older. The Windows version requires Microsoft. NET Framework 2.0. The interface is a bit complicated and needs improvement. You can’t use the software to remove DRM from Apple Music.

DRM Removal Tool for macOS - myFairTunes

#5. DRM Removal Tool for macOS - Calibre DeDRM plugin

Calibre is a welcome tool for ebook library management and DRM removal on Mac. Apart from eBooks management, the tools have various plugins. Calibre DeDRM plugin is commonly used to remove the ebook DRM on macOS. The eBooks DRM removal on Mac supports eBooks from Amazon Kindle, Kobo KEPUB, Google books, and more. Calibre supports various other plug-ins, Apprentice Alf's DRM Removal Tool is also a good choice.

Calibre DeDRM plugin only supports eBooks DRM removal. The purchased eBooks can only be read on one type of device. Sometimes, output quality might be ruined. Make sure you have installed the latest version of the plugin if the DRM removal fails on Mac.

DRM Removal Tool for macOS - Calibre

Best DRM Removal Tools for Mac Roundup

There are many other tools to strip DRM on Mac, like Requiem, M4VGear, myFairTunes, Calibre (to name a few), popular DRM converters on the market. Below we use a table to help you select the best Mac DRM removal software. MacX MediaTrans is unique that supports DRM removal from iTunes movies, music and audiobooks, and also transfers those protected iTunes purchases to Mac computers directly in DRM-free MP4/MP3 formats with good quality and fast speed.

  MacX MediaTrans Requiem M4VGear myFairTunes Calibre
iTunes movies Yes Yes Yes No No
iTunes music Yes Yes No Yes No
iTunes books Yes Ebooks only No No Ebooks only
Convert feature M4V to MP4, M4P to MP3 No M4V to MP4, MOV, and MP3 M4P to MP3 No
Data transfer feature Two-way data transfer No No No No
Platform Mac (updated to Ventura)/Windows 11 Mac (10.8 or earlier)/Windows Mac and Windows Windows Mac, Windows and Linux
Speed 16x faster Fast 2x faster Fast Fast
Quality Excellent Excellent Good Good Poor quality sometimes
Note First software for Mac to strip DRM and transfer data at once. Requiem is out of development since 2012. Fast but works with iTunes DRM video only.

Needs to install Microsoft. NET Framework 2.0.

It only supports iTunes 7.5.0 or earlier.
It supports 50+ eBook formats.
Price Free trial Free $44.95 Free Free

FAQ of Unlocking iTunes DRM Protected Files on Mac

1. Is it legal to remove DRM from iTunes purchase?

Bypassing DRM from any media source for commercial use is a serious crime in most countries. However, it's widely considered that it's OK to unlock DRM from legally purchased items for personal backup or viewing only as iTunes movies/music/books are restricted to play on iDevices only, and is prohibited from sharing with families. However, you'd allowed to do it for personal use only.

2. Any other software for Mac users to bypass iTunes DRM? Why do you choose MacX MediaTrans?

Yes, there are many other tools to strip DRM on Mac, like Requiem, M4VGear, myFairTunes, Calibre (to name a few), popular DRM converters on the market. Below we use a table to tell you why you would choose MacX MediaTrans as the best Mac DRM removal software.

3. What are the restrictions with DRM?

M4V and M4P are the DRM-protected video and audio formats used by Apple in the content from iTunes Store (and other Apple products). With Apple's FairPlay DRM copyright protection, you're facing with many limitations, for example, you can't play them on Android, Windows or non-Apple devices. Note that HD movies are only playable on newer Apple devices; also you can't play them on VLC, Windows media player or others; you have to share your Apple ID and password if your families want to share your iTunes purchases (surely on Apple products only). That's why iTunes DRM removal Mac is a common need.

4. How can I burn the iTunes movies/music to DVD/CD?

After you remove DRM from iTunes movies/music on Mac, now you can play them on Android, Windows, Google devices & players, and also burn them to disc to have a safe backup. To do this, a capable third-party DVD burner can help, like Cheetah DVD Burner.

author- rico
Rico Rodriguez

Rico has been fascinated with mobile technology for as long as he can remember. He is keen to share his experiences to those who get stuck in data transfer for both iOS and Android users. Besides his regular passion related to mobile data management, he also enjoys reading books, playing games and occasionally watching Marvel inspired movies.