freeing up itunes songs (removing fairplay DRM)

I unfortunately have some songs I bought from the itunes music store using the FairPlay DRM. I know, I know, that was a mistake. well now I’m stuck with about 55 songs I can’t play in linux, and I have to worry about making sure I don’t run out of the 5 auths for my macs (which is a much more serious and likely scenario)

some songs can be ‘upgraded’ for 30 cents to a non-drm version (and a higher sampling rate too). follow this link on your mac:

http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/iTunesPlusPage

for me, only 1 out of those 55 songs was available for upgrade though.

so now I’m going to have to go through by hand, burn them all out to CDs as cd audio, then re-rip them, then add back in the metadata (artist, song title, my rating, etc). and accept the loss in quality from being encoded twice. blech.

needless to say I won’t be buying any more of the tracks with DRM on them.

P.S., there used to be programs (QTFairUse was one of them) that would allow you to strip the DRM off the songs. but then Apple sent the guys who wrote it and distributed it some Cease and Desist orders, so now that’s not available any more.

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  1. Check out FairGame: http://seidai.50webs.com/Seidai%20Software.html

    It basically automates the analog hole and re-encoding the tracks using iMovie. It should be faster than burning to CD and ripping and encoding and you don’t need to use a CD. It also keeps all the metadata.

    The C&D was certainly an issue but the main problem now is that they simply haven’t reverse engineered the DRM for iTunes 8. Possibly for even iTunes 7. If you are still using iTunes 6, then there is an app called Requiem that can be found on Bittorent that will strip off the DRM. If you’ve ever upgraded, though, then those songs are beyond reach.

    FINALLY, if you don’t like the loss in quality, then you might consider buying the “lost” 54 songs off of Amazon since they are 100% DRM free. You could chalk that $54 off as lessons learned. And there is always… er… less official (legal) ways to get the songs. One could easily rationalize downloading MP3s of those songs in the sense that you already paid for the license for the content of the song… now you are just getting it in another format (phase shifting using the Internet instead of a CD!).

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