Quickly Remove DRM from iTunes Using iMovie HD

Despite Apple’s introduction of a significant amount of DRM-free music, a large portion of their catalog still includes DRM protections. For those who believe that purchased music shouldn’t come with usage restrictions, this can be frustrating.

Thankfully, there are straightforward solutions to circumvent DRM.

A helpful guide by 5thirtyone details how to bypass iTunes DRM using iMovie. By importing the DRM-protected track into iMovie and using it as a soundtrack, you can then export it as an .aiff file, re-import it into iTunes, and convert it to AAC format.

This method is surprisingly simple.

This raises questions about the necessity of DRM. While record companies may be enforcing these restrictions on Apple, the ease with which they can be bypassed makes one wonder about the effectiveness and justification of such measures.

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