What Is FairPlay
FairPlay is a commonly known DRM technology developed by Apple and mainly used to encrypt its iTunes contents, including movies, TV shows, music videos, apps, ibooks, audiobooks, etc thus to prevent users from copying and sharing the media to others. Specifically speaking, FairPlay DRM protection is a way to restrict iTunes users of using purchased media files on Apple’s software and devices other than non-Apple digital media players. What’s worse, for users who rent movies from iTunes Store, they only get 30 days to watch the films and 24 hours (in US) or 48 hours (in other countries) to finish watching once started because of the FairPlay.
How FairPlay DRM Works on iTunes Movies/TV Shows
The movies and TV episodes on iTunes encrypted by FairPlay copy-protection, known as M4V files, are regular MP4 container files with an encrypted AAC audio stream. To decrypt the FairPlay encryption from those M4V video files, a master key is needed. Each time a customer uses iTunes to buy or rent movies, he will get a random user key to unlock the master key firstly. And the user key is limited to be authorized on up to 5 computers or iOS devices only, which largely limits the use of contents the user legally purchased.
Bypass FairPlay DRM Protection
Fortunately, there are numerous ways to bypass Apple’s FairPlay DRM from iTunes movies. One of the best iTunes DRM removal tools is developed by TunesKit that is named TunesKit DRM Video Converter (Mac & Windows). This professional iTunes video converter is dedicated in removing FairPlay from iTunes movies and TV shows while changing the extension of m4v to mp4 without losing the original video quality. Besides that, TunesKit also provides DRM remover for audiobook files purchased from iTunes and Audible.com to remove DRM from protected audiobooks by converting the DRM-locked files to MP3 and other common formats.
Besides that, there are also some freeware capable of bypassing FairPlay DRM for free, such as Requiem, myFairTunes, FairGame, etc.