How to Check Which iTunes Songs are DRM Protected & How to Remove DRM

If you are trying to use a device like an Android phone with your iTunes music, there exists a challenge with compatibility. Some of the songs may be protected with DRM and cannot be played on any device other than an iOS device unless you remove the DRM out of the file. For those of us that can’t afford to do that or aren’t savvy enough to do it illegally, you might just want to simply learn which music files are protected and which aren’t. Here’s how you can tell.

Note: This tutorial is based on iTunes 12.

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. From the “My Music” view, select the view menu located at the upper-right portion of the window.
  3. Select the “Show Columns” drop-down menu.
  4. Select “File” > “Kind“.
  5.  Now you should now have a column named View. Each song will have something in this field. If it shows as Protected AAC audio file, the file is protected with DRM and most likely, can’t be played on devices not made by Apple. If it shows as MPEG audio file, Purchased AAC Audio File or pretty much anything else, the file is not protected with DRM and can be played freely on any device that supports the format.

How to Remove DRM from iTunes M4P Songs

As for the DRM-protected AAC audio files, you may need to crack the protection from those songs in order to play them on non-Apple devices. In this case, you’ll need the help of some DRM removal tools, such as TunesKit Apple Music Converter for Mac/Windows. It’s specially developed to remove DRM lock from protected iTunes  music and convert the M4P, M4B audio files to MP3, M4A, AAC, WAV, FLAC, M4B, and M4A ready for using on any media player.

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