If you've got some older songs that were purchased from the iTunes Store that date back before 2009, then there's a good chance that they will be copy-protected by Apple's FairPlay DRM system. It's a great anti-piracy system that protects the rights of artists and publishers by making it difficult for the consumer to distribute copyrighted material. However, DRM can also be very restrictive by stopping you from playing legally purchased music on your MP3 player, PMP, and other compatible hardware devices. So, what happens if you want to play your DRM'ed music on a non-iPod?
This tutorial will show you a way to produce DRM-free music that doesn't require any special software that you would normally need to buy. Once you've created songs in a DRM-free format, you'll be able to delete iTunes songs that have copy protection in your library if you want to.
All you'll need is the iTunes software, and a blank CD (preferably a rewritable (CD-RW)). The only downside in using this method is that if you have a lot of files that you need to convert, then it ends up a slow and tedious process. With this in mind, use a legal DRM removal tool if you have a large quantity that you need to convert.
Before we begin, check for any updates that are available for your iTunes installation, or download the latest version from the iTunes website.