There was a time back in the day when I was enamored with Apple’s slogan, Rip. Mix. Burn. The idea back then was to rip your music CDs to the Mac, stuff them into iTunes, then create your own music playlists to take with you wherever you went.
It was back then that my entire CD collection became a digital collection in iTunes. Then along came the iTunes Music Store and DRM (digital rights management) protected music. Things change, and a few years later DRM was gone from most music purchased online.
That left me with a few thousand DRM protected songs in iTunes. For a price, Apple was willing to swap those out with unprotected versions. Or, there was the free way of burning the DRM protected songs to a CD or DVD, then recopying them back to the Mac, sans the DRM code.
Today there’s an easier way using the Onde iTunes Converter. This handy app simply converts any iTunes DRM protected song to unprotected AAC or MP3 file. Using the Onde converter is mostly painless.
Choose a particular file format output (MP3, AAC, AIFF, FLAC, etc.). There are options which also change the sample rate, the bit rate, the codec, and more.
Onde iTunes Converter finds the DRM protected music in iTunes and you’re just a click away from a complete conversion.
The conversion is rather fast at more than 10x real time speed. That means a 10-minute song could be converted to DRM free in less than a minute (depending upon your Mac and other factors).
And, of course, the converter works in batches instead of manual intervention for one song at a time. The app also makes a good audio converter, which converts songs in one file format to another, also in batches.
There’s a built-in function which also extracts audio files from iTunes TV shows and movies with no apparent loss in audio quality.
The converter worked well on my DRM-infested song collection, but it hung up a couple of times during the conversion process. I’m not worrying much about the legalities of removing DRM protection from iTunes music because Apple offers a way to convert songs anyway, and I’m not selling anything to anyone else.
Oh, and as a card carrying member of the rock ‘n roll generation, I’m officially tired of paying for music I already bought. Records, cassette tapes, CDs, digital downloads.