Top DRM Removal Software Review

Frustrated by the copy protection imposed on the legally purchased music, music videos, audio books, movies, TV episodes and shows, and more? Wanna play your own music and video without any restriction? Then you are probably looking for the way out.

The DRM limits the use of the downloaded media files. For instance, if you purchased a movie from iTunes, then you can only transfer it to your own iPhone, iPad or iPod devices for playing. If you’d like to play it on an Android phone or tablet, the DRM stops you. In this case, you will need to get a DRM removal tool to help you. With DRM removal software, you will be able to remove DRM from the iTunes movie and get it converted to a plain MP4 video file. When you get the output DRM free MP4 video, you can transfer it to the Android device for enjoyment.

There are a great number of DRM removal tools available on the Internet. However, it is not easy to get one that truly works. To help you find an effective audio/video DRM remover, we tested dozens of software tools that claim to be able to remove DRM from protected music and video files and got 5 of them reviewed. The review covers key features, conversion theory, pros and cons, supported formats, etc. Both Windows and Mac DRM removals were included. Both audio and video DRM removals were reviewed as well.

Tune4Mac iTunes Video Converter for Mac

iTunes Video Converter

Tune4Mac iTunes Video Converter works with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, 10.7 Lion, 10.8 Mountain Lion and 10.9 Mavericks. It converts iTunes DRM video from M4V to MOV, MP4, AVI, FLV, 3GP, etc. You can only use iTunes Video Converter to remove DRM from iTunes video and convert iTunes video from M4V to DRM free video format. It is especially useful if you have lots of movies and TV shows purchased from iTunes Store which you’d like to transfer to portable players like PSP, PS3, BlackBerry, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Samsung Galaxy Note, Kindle Fire HD, Android Phones and Tablets, etc.

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Aimersoft DRM Media Converter for Windows

DRM Media Converter

You may consider Aimersoft DRM Media Converter as the Windows counterpart to Tune4Mac iTunes Video Converter if you only need to convert iTunes video. Yet it does more than that. Aimersoft DRM Media Converter provides Windows users with excellent and full audio & video DRM removal solution. If you purchased great movies from iTunes Store and now you want to play them on an Android tablet, you cannot directly transfer them to the device due to DRM. DRM Media Converter comes to the rescue. It legally strips DRM copy protection off video (M4V/WMV/ASF) downloaded from iTunes, Windows Media Center, Zune Marketplace, BBC iPlayer WMV, Xbox Live Store, Amazon Video on Demand, Limewire, uTorrent, FrostWire, etc., and audiobooks and music in all popular formats, including M4P and M4B from iTunes, WMA from Overdrive, AA and AAX from Audible, and subscription WMA music from Napster, Pandora, Spiralfrog, Bearshare, iMesh, iMeeM, KaZaA, Last.fm, eMusic, Puretracks, MusicGiants, Nokia Music Store and more.

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Ondesoft iTunes Converter for Mac

Ondesoft iTunes Converter output audio files from music, movies, TV shows, and audiobooks purchased from iTunes Store. It will be able to remove DRM from iTunes music and convert iTunes music from M4P to MP3 as well as remove DRM from iTunes video and extract audio from iTunes video M4V files. However, if you need to output video files from iTunes movies and TV shows, you have to turn to Tune4Mac iTunes Video Converter.

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Aimersoft Music Converter for Windows

Aimersoft Music Converter can convert DRM protected music and video such as DRM WMA, DRM WMV, DRM ASF and M4B, M4P, M4V (iTunes) to plain MP3 or other popular audio formats with ease and speed.

Key Features: Music DRM Removal + Video to Audio Converter + Audio Converter.

Conversion Theory: Advanced recording technique.

The Edge: Support various protected video/audio formats.

The Bad: Unable to output video.

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Audials Tunebite Platinum 11 for Windows

Audials Tunebite Platinum 11 can remove DRM from iTunes audiobook (.m4b), audiobook .aa/.aax and record music and video found online.

Key Features: DRM Removal + Video Converter + Audio Converter, Record the latest blockbusters and classic movies in HD from free movie sites, portals with RTMP-E flash videos and from online movie stores.

Conversion Theory: Records music, films and videos from the Internet, subscription services and online video stores.

The Edge: Includes 100 playback formats and an editor to customize settings for every at home and portable device.

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The Conclusion

1. For Windows users, Aimersoft DRM Media Converter is the best choice if you need to remove DRM from both video and audio files. Aimersoft DRM Media Converter has all the features included in Aimersoft Music Converter. So if you have the former, you do not need the latter.

2. If you want to convert audiobooks, I’d like to suggest that you try Audials Tunebite Platinum 11. It works great for removing DRM from iTunes audiobook (.m4b), audiobook .aa/.aax and recording music and video found online.

3. The Mac apps for removing DRM are very rare and I find Tune4Mac iTunes Video Converter is a pretty good DRM removal tool for Mac user. As its name indicates, you can only use it to remove DRM from iTunes video and convert iTunes video from M4V to other DRM free video format. Yet, it is well worth a try if you have lots of iTunes movies and TV shows which you’d like to transfer to mobile devices other than iPod, iPad and iPhone. To remove DRM from iTunes music and audiobooks, you will need to turn to Ondesoft iTunes Converter for Mac.

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