TunesKit DRM Removal Products Now Work Perfectly with iTunes 12.7

TunesKit, the top leader in DRM removal field, officially upgraded its featured DRM removal products for Mac, including DRM Media Converter, DRM Audio Converter, and Apple Music Converter by adding the perfect support to iTunes 12.7 on macOS 10.12 Sierra or lower. Till now, all TunesKit DRM media converter for Mac and Windows would work perfectly with the latest iTunes v.12.7 when removing DRM protection from iTunes M4V videos, Audible audiobooks, as well as Apple Music songs, etc.

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Along with other new world-shocking products like iPhone 8, iPhone X, Apple TV 4K, Apple also launched the new version of iTunes 12.7 on the occasion of its tenth anniversary. Once it’s released, iTunes users can download the new upgrade for both Mac and Windows. However, TunesKit DRM removal product users, especially those using the Mac versions must have found that those tools can’t work as expected once the iTunes was upgraded to v.12.7. As a professional and customer-oriented iTunes DRM removal solution provider in the world, TunesKit R&D team began to seek for the fix as soon as the error occurred. Thanks to persistent hard work and continuous tests, they finally made a breakthrough on this issue and found the ultimate solution, making TunesKit the first developer that fixed the iTunes 12.7 incompatibility error in DRM removal area.

“Apple has strengthened its DRM encryption method with the release of iTunes 12.7. Therefore the old decrypting core used by TunesKit DRM removers can’t suppose to work any more.Fortunately, our programmers invented a new advanced DRM cracking technique completely different with the old one and it apparently turns out to working pretty well.” said Lee, TunesKit R&D director. “We also received some customers’ concern about converting the new 4K iTunes movie content with TunesKit. As a result, we’ll keep testing the program on our end and try our best to support those 4K movies in the near future.”

To sum up, no matter you are using the Mac or Windows version of TunesKit DRM media converting software, you can go ahead to upgrade your iTunes to 12.7 without worrying about the compatibility at all. However, Mac users should be well noted that the solution for iTunes 12.7 on macOS 10.13 High Sierra is still under development. Therefore those newly released TunesKit DRM removal products for Mac can only work well for iTunes 12.7 under macOS 10.12 or earlier.

To get the latest versions of the upgraded TunesKit Mac products, please either use the built-in auto upgrading or download the latest setup files from TunesKit Download Center.

 

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How to Easily Stream Spotify Music to Chromecast Audio

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It’s extremely easy to stream and play your Spotify music on TV or speakers from phone or tablet if you have a Chromecast or Chromecast Audio device. If you are looking for the complete guide to cast Spotify to Chromecast, you should follow the content here which will provide you the top 2 most popular ways to play Spotify music on Chromecast or Chromecast Audio step by step.

Method 1. The Most Popular Way to Cast Spotify Songs to Chromecast Audio

To connect Spotify with Google Chromecast Audio, all you need is the Spotify Music app and a Chromecast Audio device hooked up to your TV or speakers.

You should be well noted that currently only Spotify premium users have the right to stream Spotify music to Chromecast. If you are using the free account of Spotify, then you should turn to the other method.

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Step 1. Insert Chromecast or Chromecast Audio to TV HDMI port or a speaker input port. Make sure your Chromecast or Chromecast Audio is configured using the Chromecast/Chromecast Audio app on your phone or tablet

Step 2. Start the Spotify app on the same WiFi network as your Chromecast/Chromecast Audio.

Step 3. Within Spotify, select a track that you want to listen to. At the bottom of the screen, select “Devices Available”.

Step 4. Select your Chromecast or Chromecast Audio from the devices listed. Then you’ll be able to play the Spotify music track right from your TV or speaker via Chromecast.

Method 2. Alternative Tips for Free Subscribers to Stream Spotify to Chromecast

Firstly you should know the reason why free users can’t directly stream Spotify music to Chromecast Audio is that the free accounts don’t have the authority to download Spotify music for offline listening. And that’s all because of the DRM protection inserted by Spotify. So the key point to make free subscribers stream Spotify music to Chromecast Audio is to find out a solution to remove the Spotify DRM permanently. In this case, we meet TunesKit Spotify Music Converter, a smart all-in-one program for Spotify specialized in stripping DRM and converting Spotify tracks to common formats, such as MP3, WAV, AAC, FLAC, etc. Once the DRM is cracked, you can freely sync the unprotected Spotify songs to Chromecast or other devices even if you are using the free Spotify account or cancelling the premium account.

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Part 1. How to Remove DRM from Spotify Music

Before syncing Spotify songs to Chromecast, please follow this part to get rid of DRM lock from Spotify music with TunesKit Spotify Music Converter.

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Step 1. Open TunesKit Spotify Music Converter, and then Spotify app will be launched automatically. Access to Spotify app and choose any song or playlist that you want to convert. Then drag the files into TunesKit conversion window. You can also add the songs or playlists by pasting the links to the converter interface.

Step 2. When the Spotify music is added successfully into TunesKit, click the top-right menu > Preferences and choose the output format as you like. Currently it supports multiple output formats, including MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, M4A, and M4B. You can also adjust output audio quality, conversion speed and directory, etc. according to your own requirements.

Step 3. After the settings are well adjusted, simply click “Convert” button at the bottom right to start converting the DRM-ed Spotify music to common formats. Once the conversion finished, you’ll find the well-converted Spotify songs that can cast to Chromecast for listening everywhere.

Part 2. Stream Converted Spotify Music to Chromecast vis Plex

Plex is a media server runs on Windows, MacOS, Android and iOS, with which you can create your own music library and sync to mobile devices. After import the Spotify music from computer, a Cast button will let you stream the music songs to Chromecast. No need for iOS or Android controller apps.

Easy Solution to Download and Convert Spotify Music to MP3 for Offline Listening

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Converting Spotify music to MP3 or other formats could be a common request for most Spotify users, especially those free subscribers. As one of the largest online streaming music services in the world, Spotify is claimed to have more than 140 million monthly active users by June 2017. However, among those subscribers, only the premium members are authorized to download and listen to Spotify music offline. The free membership users can only stream the music online without the right to download the songs for offline listening. What’s more, there’s also restriction for even the premium subscribers as they can only download the Spotify tracks on three devices. So in this case, it’s necessary to find a way out to download the Spotify music to play offline. In the following article, we’ll discuss the simple solution to download as well as convert any Spotify music track to MP3 format for any player and device.

Best Spotify Music Tool – TunesKit Spotify to MP3 Converter for Windows

Now you meet TunesKit Spotify Converter, the best and fastest Spotify music downloader and converter that’s well designed to easily extract Spotify streams and convert the DRM-protected songs to common MP3, M4A, AAC, WAV, FLAC, M4B formats for offline playing on any popular MP3 player and device, such as iPod, Zune, Creative Zen, iRiver, Sony Walkman, iPhone, Android phones and tablets, etc.

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Key Features of TunesKit Spotify Music Converter

  • Remove DRM from Spotify tracks, albums, artists, and playlists
  • Add Spotify music files by dragging the songs and albums directly from Spotify app
  • Download and convert Spotify songs to MP3, AAC, M4A, M4B, FLAC, WAV
  • Transfer all Spotify songs to any player for offline listening
  • Work at up to 5X faster speed with lossless quality preserved

Complete Tutorial to Convert Spotify Songs to MP3 with TunesKit

The following will introduce the whole steps to convert your DRM-ed Spotify online streams to MP3 format with TunesKit Spotify to MP3 Converter for Windows.

Step 1. Drag Spotify tracks to TunesKit

You don’t need to download the Spotify songs in advance. You can simply open TunesKit and it will launch Spotify software automatically. Then in the Spotify app, you can search for any track or album or artist you want to convert and then drag the online streams from Spotify to TunesKit Spotify Converter. Then the Spotify music will load automatically. Or you can paste the link of the Spotify songs in the search box of TunesKit conversion window.

Step 2. Choose output settings

Now click the menu bar and choose Preferences. In the popup window, you can select the output format as MP3 and adjust other properties, such as channels, bit rates, sample rates, etc. You can also set the conversion speed and output directory according to your own needs.

Step 3. Convert Spotify music to MP3

When everything is set OK, simply click “Convert” button and it will begin to convert your Spotify tracks and albums to MP3 format at up to 5X faster speed.

 

 

The Biggest Announcements of Apple WWDC 2017: iOS 11, HomePod, iMac Pro …

Apple’s WWDC 2017 keynote just wrapped, where key executives Craig Federighi, Phil Schiller, and, of course, Tim Cook, took the stage to announce updates headed to iPhones, MacBooks, Apple TV, and more.

The rumors for this year’s WWDC came in the final hours leading up to the event, with hints of new hardware and, of course, software news for developers to help prep the release of consumer updates in the fall. We were also anticipating the company to finally take Siri up against the likes of Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant on the hardware and smart home front — and it looks like it arrived in the form of the Apple HomePod.

Here are the highlights from today’s keynote.

Apple Announces HomePod Speaker to Take on Amazon Echo and Sonos

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So let’s get the Siri speaker rumors out of the way: it turns out Apple wasn’t quite aiming its smart speaker to go against just Amazon Echo and Google Home, but also the Sonos home entertainment speakers. Called the HomePod, it uses spacial awareness to tune and better fill the room with sound based on the space it’s in. It also has a “Musicologist” feature that works with Apple Music to stream the music you ask the speaker’s built-in Siri to play. You can even ask more complex, music-related questions like “Who’s the drummer in this song?” or “What album came out on this day 20 years ago?”
The HomePod will be available in two colors — black or white — and will integrate Siri in an Amazon Echo / Google Home-like use case. You can ask it to control smart home devices and check the day’s weather and news briefings. Apple priced the HomePod at $349, with plans to ship it in December first to customers in the US, UK, and Australia. It will enter more international markets next year. Check out our hands-on with the HomePod for a first look.

iMac Pro Introduced, Alongside Updated Desktop Specs

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Apple’s introducing updated iMac desktops with improved Retina displays, graphics boosts, Kaby Lake processors, and USB-C. They will also support graphics for VR content creation. During the keynote, Apple demoed this by showing off a VR game featuring Darth Vader, a lightsaber, and TIE fighter.
There’s a new iMac Pro as well, with a 5K display with improved cooling capacity, and 8-core Xeon processor (upgradeable up to 18-core,) up to 4TB of SSD, up to 128GB of ECC memory, four Thunderbolt 3 ports, and built-in 10GB Ethernet.

The new iMac starts at $1,099 for the 21.5-inch model, and $1,299 for the 4K model. MacBooks will get upgraded, too; the MacBook Pro starting at $1,299, which includes the updated Kaby Lake processor. The iMac Pro starts at $4,999, and ships in December.

iOS 11 Comes with Improved Siri, Automatic Do Not Disturb Driving Mode, iMessage Features

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The new version of iOS software has some pretty social updates, such as an update to Siri that has improved speech, the ability to help translate sentences into different languages, and on-device learnings that suggest actions based on what you do on your iPhone or iPad. iMessages now live in the iCloud, with synchronized conversations that you can delete from any device you own that are under the same account. You can also pay and receive payments from contacts through iMessage — so no more Venmo or Square Cash if you don’t want to download extra apps.

Photo capture is also improved, with better low-light performance, and the ability to edit Live Photos so you can change the key still image or trim the video. There’s a new control center as well, which relies a lot on 3D Touch and condenses most controls on the lower half of the screen without looking cluttered.

There’s also a new safety feature that recognizes when a user is driving and automatically turns on Do Not Disturb to prevent distractions. When you’re available to be more social, you can now head to Apple Music to see what your friends are listening to and check out shared playlists.

Lastly, the App Store has been redesigned for better discovery and a How To section for tips on how to use various popular apps. Apple’s also bringing back the “App of the Day” section to promote users to open the App Store more frequently.

iOS 11 for iPad Brings Windows-Esque Multitasking Abilities

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On the iPad, iOS 11 improves multitasking that lets users pull up an app from the dock and drag it onto the screen to split the screen. Similar to what you can do on a MacBook, you can use touch to hold and drag folders, files, or photos and drop them in a different app such as Mail or iMessage. Handwritten text from an Apple Pencil will also be searchable from the Notes app. Apple claims it uses “deep learning” to recognize penmanship.

Apple also talked briefly about the Files app that leaked a few hours before the keynote kicked off, which is just a management system that you can use to sort files by size and date, similar to how you’d go through your files on a desktop or laptop.

Apple Lets Developers Make More Immersive Apps with Arkit

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Just as Lauren Goode predicted, Apple introduced a new ARKit to let developers build augmented reality apps for the iPhone. The kit can help find planes, track motion, and estimate scale and ambient lighting. Popular apps like Pokémon Go will also use ARKit for improved real-time renders.

Rather than requiring external hardware like Microsoft’s HoloLens, Apple seems to be betting on ARKit to provide impressive quality imaging through a device most people already own. We’ll know more on how the quality actually compares when we get to try it out ourselves.

10.5-inch iPad Pro Introduced

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The iPad Pro will now be available in three different sizes, with a new 10.5-inch model introduced today. There’s a 12-megapixel camera, just like the iPhone 7, with a 7MP selfie cam. It supports USB 3.0 and has 10 hours of battery life.

There’s a new feature called ProMotion which reduces the Apple Pencil’s latency to 20 milliseconds. It can automatically adjust the refresh rate based on what you’re watching (fast-moving video versus still image). ProMotion also doubles the refresh rate to up to 120Hz.

The 10.5-inch iPad Pro will be available starting with a 64GB configuration at $649; it’s available to order now and shipping next week.

The New MacOS Is Named High Sierra. Yep

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The upcoming version of macOS will be called High Sierra, and it comes with updates to Safari that help block site trackers and autoplaying videos. Apple’s also added new photo-editing tools like curves (helpful for those who don’t have Adobe Photoshop), and it has better filtering tools to sort images by keywords or faces.

An updated file management system will be a part of the update as well, which speeds up directory cloning with native encryption. On the graphics end, there’s a second version of Metal, support for VR, and a Metal 2 developer kit that you can order with an AMD GPU to tune apps for external graphics.

WatchOS 4 Brings New Siri Watchface, Fitness Coaching, and A New App-Browsing UI

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An update for the Apple Watch is coming which introduces new faces that display different types of informations, such as Siri reminders or more visual ones that feature Toy Story characters a la Mickey Mouse. There’s also a fitness-focused update, which includes monthly challenges to encourage the wearer to get more active and NFC-enabled data sharing where the user can tap their Apple Watch on gym equipment to pair the two, sharing the most accurate calorie burn and activity information.
There’s also a new Music app to make finding and playing music via the Apple Watch more visual — you can now use a new dock layout to scroll through recently opened apps.
Original source: https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/5/15722994/apple-wwdc-2017-news-highlights-recap.

Spotify vs. Apple Music vs. Amazon Music: Which Wins

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With the introduction of Amazon Music Unlimited, there has never been a better time to introduce yourself to paid music streaming services, which continue to gain in popularity.

In this article, you’ll learn more about Amazon Music Unlimited and see how it compares to Spotify and Apple Music.

Amazon Music Unlimited

Not to be confused with Amazon Music (formerly Amazon MP3), Amazon Music Unlimited is a music streaming service that offers “tens of millions” of songs with new releases from today’s most popular artists. Like other premium music streaming services on the market, Amazon Music Unlimited allows you to listen to your favorite songs on-demand. You can also download your songs to your devices for offline use.

Isn’t This Amazon Prime Music?

If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you already have access to over 2 million songs at no additional cost. You also receive a thousand playlists and stations programmed by Amazon’s music experts. A membership to Amazon Music Unlimited, by contrast, increases the number of songs available considerably. You also gain access to new genres and styles of music.

The best way to explain the difference between the two services (in additional to the library size) is how each handles new music releases. Amazon Music Unlimited will almost certainly have the newest album from your favorite artist on day one of its release. Amazon Prime Music probably won’t.

Alexa

Not surprisingly, Amazon Music Unlimited works with Amazon Alexa voice controls, found on devices such as the Echo, Dot, and Tap. For example, you can say “Alexa, play the new song by One Republic” or “Alexa, play the latest album by Rihanna.” You can also try commands like “Alexa, play the most popular rock from the 80s” or “Alexa, play music for a dinner party.”

Availability

Amazon Music Unlimited is available on multiple platforms, including iOS, Android, Mac, PC, Fire TV, Fire tablets, and on the web. Additionally, it works with home entertainment products such as Sonos, Roku, and Bose. The service is also coming on new cars from Ford, BMW, and Mini.

At the time of this writing, Amazon Music Unlimited is only available in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and Austria.

Exclusivity

Offering exclusive content is one of the ways music streaming services hope to keep customers. Despite being the newest service on our list, Amazon Music Unlimited got a huge exclusive to end 2016. It’s the first streaming service to feature Garth Brooks’ entire 16-album collection. The best-selling solo artist in US history had never allowed digital downloads for any of his music until now.

Costs

Amazon Prime members can subscribe to Amazon Music Unlimited for $7.99 per month, which is $2 off the standard monthly price. You can save a little extra by paying $79 per year upfront. Amazon also offers a family plan for $14.99 per month or $149.99 per year. With the family plan, you and your family can stream music on up to six devices at the same time.

If you only want to stream music from your Amazon Alexa device, the company offers a low-cost option for $3.99 per month.

New users can try Amazon Music Unlimited free for 30 days.

Apple Music

Given that iTunes brought digital music to the mainstream way back in 2001, it’s surprising that it took so long for Apple to offer a music streaming service of its own. First launched in June 2015, Apple Music provides a combination of on-demand music and curated playlists. As with Amazon Music Unlimited, Apple Music allows you to download music for offline use as long as you continue being a subscriber.

When it first launched, Apple Music placed great emphasis on the service’s Beats 1 internet radio station and a blog platform called Connect. Featuring live broadcasts 24 hours a day, Beats 1 features anchors Zane Lowe, Ebro Darden, and Julie Adenuga, among others. Connect is for artists to share their posts, photos, videos, and tracks with subscribers.

Apple Music still hosts Beats 1 and Connect, although the two features have taken on far less importance in recent months. In September 2016, Apple began rolling out two new personalized music playlists called “My New Music Mix” and “My Favorite Mix.” The former is similar to Spotify’s popular “Discover Weekly” playlist. Both offer music based on your listening history.

Availability

Not surprisingly, Apple Music is available across all of Cupertino’s key products, iOS devices, Apple TV, and Apple Watch. It’s also available through iTunes on Mac/PC and Android devices. You can also stream Apple Music through CarPlay and Sonos systems.

Apple Music is available in over 100 countries around the world with more coming online each month. If you’re reading this article, it’s likely that Apple Music is available where you are.

Exclusivity

With iTunes, Apple was a master at offering content before anyone else. The company has had similar success with Apple Music. In its short life, Apple Music has been the home to exclusive music from Taylor Swift, Lil Yachty, Usher, Frank Ocean, among others. These exclusives usually have a short window, allowing the music to spread to other services after a period of time.

Costs

An individual Apple Music plan costs $9.99 per month. A family plan, which is good for up to six people, is priced at $14.99 per month. Student plans are available at $4.99 per month.

New subscribers can try Apple Music free for three months.

See also: How to Convert Apple Music to MP3

Spotify Premium

With 40 million paying customers worldwide, Spotify is the world’s top music-streaming service. First introduced in Sweden in 2006, the service is available in all corners of the world, including most of Europe, the Americas, and parts of Asia.

Unlike Apple Music, Spotify offers a free plan that includes ads. Though highly restrictive, this program allows would-be subscribers to experience Spotify without paying a dime. Offering this type of availability seems to be working, as there are currently 100 million Spotify total users worldwide.

Like the other services on our list, Spotify Premium gives you the ability to play any song, both on-demand and offline. Where Spotify Premium excels is with its “Discover Weekly” feature, which suggests music based on your music preferences and listening history. You also have access to custom playlists, which are put together by theme, decades, and genre.

Availability

You can find Spotify nearly everywhere, including iOS, Android, Amazon devices, Samsung Smart TVs, Roku, PlayStation, Sonos, and more. You can also use Spotify on the web.

To date, Spotify is available in nearly 60 countries with more coming online each year.

New subscribers can try Spotify Premium free for 30 days.

Exclusivity

Spotify isn’t known for offering many exclusives. The biggest news on this front, in fact, has been when artists have withheld new albums from the service due to royalty issues. Where Spotify does excel, however, is when it comes to curation. It offers lots of artist information, making it very easy to find songs to enjoy. It also does an excellent job of recommending additional artists based on your earlier preferences.

Cost

Spotify Premium is available for $9.99 per month for an individual subscription and $14.99 per month for a family plan. Students can purchase a subscription for $4.99 per month.

Which Music Streaming Service Is Best?

In general terms, Amazon Music Unlimited, Apple Music, and Spotify Premium offer the same underlying features, on-demand music and the ability to download songs for offline listening. From there, each provides unique extras worth considering.

Amazon Music Unlimited is a great choice for Amazon Prime subscribers because of the extra discount it provides. Hardcore Amazon Alexa users can also benefit from selecting this service.

By contrast, if your world revolves around Apple products, Apple Music is probably the one for you. One of the biggest advantages of going this route is that Apple Music automatically merges your streaming content with what you’ve purchased from iTunes. This feature is a big deal if you’re looking to expand your current library across multiple devices.

Spotify Premium, meanwhile, is the best service for music discovery. This is an important point to consider if you’re the type of person that appreciates finding new music and artists.

As you can see, all three premium music streaming services have their advantages. You should therefore choose the one which best caters to your specific needs. However, I personally consider Apple Music the best option right now, unless of course you’re averse to all things Apple.

Besides offering iTunes integration, Apple Music is the only one of the three premium music streaming services being compared here offering a 90-day free trial. Which will give you plenty of time to determine whether it’s the service for you.

Original source from: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/spotify-apple-amazon-music-unlimited/.

How to Convert Apple Music to MP3

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Apple Music & DRM: Why We Convert Apple Music to MP3

Apple Music, launched back in 2015, is a music-streaming service developed by Apple Inc.  As of December 2016, Apple Music has already attracted more than 20 million paying subscribers. However, unlike iTunes, the Apple Music is all about streaming. That’s to say, you pay a fixed fee to unlock access to Apple Music’s entire catalogue, but you don’t actually own the music you listen to. Specifically speaking, songs from Apple Music store are protected by Apple’s FairPlay DRM. Because of which, you can only save the tracks and songs offline on your computer. You can’t burn the Apple Music songs onto a disc or put them on other devices. What’s worse, if you cancel the Apple Music subscription, you’ll lose access to those songs as they’ll automatically disappear from your library. So in order to get away from this kind of limit and listen to Apple Music on any player, we need to convert the Apple Music to MP3, a more commonly used format supported by all popular devices and players.

Best Tool to Convert Apple Music to MP3

To get rid of the DRM restriction from Apple Music and convert the protected songs to MP3 format, we’ll need to find out an ultimate DRM removal solution for Apple Music. Here we mean TunesKit Apple Music Converter for Mac/Windows. It’s a smart and powerful Apple Music DRM remover that can easily and completely remove DRM protection from Apple Music tracks and streams while converting the DRM-ed M4P songs to unprotected MP3 format with ID tags and CD quality preserved. In this case, you can freely access to your Apple Music songs even if you unsubscribe Apple Music streaming service.

 

How to Convert Apple Music to MP3 with TunesKit

Firstly make sure you installed the latest version of TunesKit Apple Music to MP3 Converter on your Mac or PC. It’s fully compatible with the latest iTunes. The following content shows you the simple guide on how to convert Apple Music songs to MP3 with TunesKit.

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Step 1. Import Apple Music offline tracks to TunesKit conversion window by either clicking “Add Files” button or dragging the songs to the interface.

Step 2. Choose output format as MP3. Currently TunesKit Apple Music Converter supports MP3, AAC, M4A, M4B, FLAC, WAV formats.

Step 3. Click “Convert” button to start converting your Apple Music to MP3.

After the conversion completes, you can begin to transfer the DRM-free Apple Music songs to any MP3 player for playback.

Apple Music: Everything You Need to Know

What is Apple Music?

Apple Music is a streaming music service launched in WWDC 2015 by Apple. By using Apple Music, users can select music to stream to their devices on-demand, or they can listen to existing, curated playlists. Apple Music service is made up of three distinct segments: Music with access to over 30 million songs, the Internet radio station Beats 1, and the blog platform Connect that allows artists to share their posts, photos, videos, and tracks with subscribers.

How much does it cost to subscribe Apple Music service?

Apple Music offers a free three-month trial for everyone when they first subscribe the service, whether you own an iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac, or PC. Once the free trial ends, you’ll have to pay $9.99/month or $14.99/month for families with up to six users if you want to continue taking advantage of all that Apple Music service. It’s also offering students in the U.S., U.K., Australia, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, and New Zealand whose schools can be authenticated by third-party service Unidays a $4.99/month discounted membership option.

What do you get after subscribing Apple Music?

With a paid subscription or a free three-month trial with Apple Music service, you get all of the features, including: access to the entire Apple Music catalog, listen to any music you’ve purchased, ripped, or uploaded to your device, listen to Beats 1 radio, view and follow an artist’s Connect stream, save Apple Music songs to your library and listen offline, upload Apple Music tracks to iCloud Music Library for access on all your devices, access to Apple Music’s hand-curated recommendations and playlists.

What devices does Apple Music support?

Apple Music is compatible with iOS devices running version 8.4 or later, Macs and PCs running iTunes version 12.2 or later, and the Apple Watch 1.0.1 or later. It’s also available on Android devices and Apple TV now. To access to Apple Music’s live streams on those devices, it will require you logging in with your Apple ID set to a supported country.

What happens when you cancel the subscription?

If you cancel the subscription of Apple Music, any streaming music you’ve added to your library from the Apple Music catalog will no longer be playable. Generally speaking, you cannot listen to the Apple Music songs any more after unsubscribing Apple Music service.

How to Play Apple Music on Windows Phone

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Are you using Windows phone? Do you feel the music service provided by Microsoft is bad in experience and would like to look for something new or better, like Apple Music? But you would be disappointed as you may find out that Apple Music is not supported by Windows mobile yet, although it’s already available on computer-end and Android. But the good news is that it’s not the end of the story. You can still get solution to play Apple Music on Windows phone as you like.

In the following article, we’ll show you the complete steps to transfer the Apple Music streams to Windows phones for playback at anytime anywhere.

Tools You’ll Need to Get Apple Music in Windows Phone

To make Apple Music playable on your Windows based smartphone, you must subscribe Apple Music service firstly. Then you should download the songs onto your Windows or Mac computer. Another important thing you need to be aware of is that, music songs you downloaded from Apple Music store are protected by Apple’s FairPlay DRM technology. In this case, you are not allowed to sync and play Apple Music songs on Windows phones or other non-Apple playing devices. Therefore, in order to play the DRM-protected Apple Music files with Windows phone, you should use a third-party DRM removal tool to remove the DRM protection from Apple Music songs in advance.

Best Apple Music Converter Tool You’ll Need

Here you meet TunesKit DRM Apple Music Converter, an all-in-one and smart DRM removal tool for Apple Music, specially developed to remove DRM lock from offline Apple Music songs by converting the M4P music files to MP3, AAC, M4A, WAV, FLAC, and other common audio formats. With the help of this powerful Apple Music converter, you’ll freely share the Apple Music songs to Windows mobile phones with ID tags preserved. If you are running Mac OS X 10.8 or later, you should use TunesKit Apple Music Converter for Mac.

  • Completely strip DRM copyright from iTunes Apple Music
  • Convert DRM M4P to MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, M4A, M4B
  • Convert Apple Music songs at 30X faster speed with ID tags

Part 1. Remove DRM from Apple Music Songs

Now you can follow this tutorial to see how to get rid of DRM encryption from Apple Music M4P songs completely and fast with TunesKit Apple Music Converter.

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1. Add downloaded Apple Music files to TunesKit M4P Converter

Launch TunesKit Apple Music to Windows Phone Converter. Click “Add Files” button to load the M4P files you downloaded from Apple Music. You can also add the songs by drag-and-drop. It supports batch conversion so that you can import multiple music tracks to convert once.

2. Select output format

Click “gear” icon at the top right of the conversion window and choose the target output format as you like. Currently TunesKit supports most popular output formats, including MP3, AAC, WAV, M4A, M4B, and FLAC.

3. Start removing DRM from Apple Music songs

Now simply press “Convert” button at the bottom right to let it converting the DRM-ed Apple Music tracks to DRM-free audios. It will finish in seconds mainly depends on the amount of the songs you are converting.

Part 2. Transfer and Play Apple Music Songs on Windows Phones

Once conversion finishes, you can freely transfer the converted DRM-free Apple Music songs to your Windows phones. Here we’ll show you two simple ways to sync Apple Music tracks to Windows smartphones.

Put Apple Music Songs to Windows Phone via USB

Firstly plug your Windows phone to PC using USB cable. Then locate the device on your computer under the folder of “portable devices”. Double click to open it, and find the “Phone” icon. Open the folder and drag the converted DRM-free Apple Music files to the “Music” folder. Then the songs will be stored to your phone and you can access and listen to them as freely as you like.

Sync Apple Music to Windows Phones via Cloud

You can also backup those unprotected Apple Music songs and tracks to cloud storage services, such as Dropbox, OneDrive or Google Drive. Then you can access the files from Windows phone using the same cloud account.

Source page: http://www.tuneskit.com/apple-music-tips/apple-music-for-windows-phone.html.

Top 3 Audiobook Converter Reviews

Have you ever bought some audiobooks with DRM copyright protection from iTunes Store or audible.com? Are you bored with importing those protected audiobooks to your MP3 players? Maybe you have heard some audiobook DRM removal solutions and tools through search engine or related forums, but how to choose the best one for you to remove DRM protection from those locked audiobooks files? From now on, you’ll not be troubled with this problem anymore. In this post, We’ll list the top 3 best DRM audiobook/audible converters, two of them belong to TunesKit, called TunesKit Audiobook Converter and TunesKit Audible Converter and the last one comes from NoteBurner, named NoteBurner iTunes DRM Audio Converter.

TunesKit Audiobook Converter, TunesKit Audible Converter and NoteBurner iTunes DRM Audio Converter are professional DRM audiobook removal tools, which all aim to strip DRM of audiobooks sold on iTunes and audible.com. When it comes to the exact differences of these three tools, I downloaded some audiobooks from iTunes store and audible.com to my PC, and then embarked on comparing them in the following aspects by converting the same source with these versions.

Input Path

To see exactly what differences are all about, I launched the three tools and discovered that TunesKit Audiobook Converter and NoteBurner iTunes DRM Audio Converter not only convert audiobook files purchased from iTunes but also transfer audiobooks sold on audible.com, while TunesKit Audible Converter only works on removing DRM protection from audible.com. Besides, TunesKit Audiobook Converter and TunesKit Audible Converter both simply add DRM-protected audiobook files, either by adding files directly or dragging audiobook files into this area, while the input paths of NoteBurner iTunes DRM Audio Converter are a bit different, which cannot drag audiobook files into this area, but just need do a click to choose the files what we want to convert.

Comparison: Price & Speed

TunesKit Audiobook Converter is able to work at 30X faster speed in converting a DRMed audiobook to unprotected formats, which costs $34.95. And NoteBurner iTunes DRM Audio Converter quotes $39.95 at 20X faster speed. That’s good news that TunesKit Audible Converter is sold at a promotion price of $29.95 with up to 100X super faster speed. Someone may ask me the reason why TunesKit Audible Converter works so faster than the other two? That’s because TunesKit Audible Converter needn’t launch iTunes, but TunesKit Audiobook Converter and NoteBurner iTunes DRM Audio Converter need to launch iTunes. All three versions contribute to remove DRM protection with lossless quality kept, even tag ID.

According to price and speed, TunesKit Audible Converter is a best choice to strip DRM protection with the lowest price and the fastest speed.

Input& Output Format

Input format might be one of the most important characteristic that customers care about, because it participates in the ultimate practicability.

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With the help of TunesKit Audiobook Converter, you can convert DRM M4B, AA, AAX audiobooks to non-DRM MP3, AAC, M4A, M4B, WAV and FLAC. As for NoteBurner iTunes DRM Audio Converter, it can remove DRM from M4A, M4B, AA and AAX audiobooks. Due to the input paths, TunesKit Audible Converter only encode audible AA,AAX audiobooks to common MP3,AAC,M4A,AC3,WAC,etc. However, it is worth mentioning that it’s the function of editing files. On the one hand, you can customize the codec, audio channel, bit rate and sample rate for the audiobooks and change the tag ID according to your own needs. What’s more, TunesKit Audible Converter can split audiobook into small segments by time frame or by chapters. Last but not least, you can preview the efficiency converted.

Conclusion & Suggestion

From what have mentioned above, I could conclude that if you convert DRM files sold on audible.com, TunesKit Audible Converter is the best choice on the basis of price, speed, out format and the function of editing files. If you have bought audiobooks from iTunes, both TunesKit Audiobook Converter and NoteBurner iTunes DRM Audio Converter are convenient for us to strip DRM protection. However, TunesKit Audiobook Converter converting at 30X faster speed is much faster than NoteBurner iTunes DRM Audio Converter at 10X faster speed.

How to Cut DRM iTunes Movies to Segments Losslessly for Free

iTunes is one of the best digital media managing stores in the world that offers tons of HD video contents like movies, TV shows and extras. For its high quality video resources, iTunes has become the default choice of video service for many of us and we download iTunes movies for entertainment anywhere at home, office and so on. iTunes videos are undoubtedly playing a really important role in our daily life.

However, as time goes, the iTunes library become so cumbersome and it will take up all the space of our devices. There are many favorite video scenes we never want to lose and usually we can’t keep buying new disks to backup all the episodes. So instead of deleting some videos completely to save space, is there any other better options? Of course, you can also try to cut iTunes videos if you can remove the DRM copyright protection.

Part 1. Remove Fairplay DRM from iTunes Video for Free

iTunes videos are protected with the notorious FairPlay DRM which cripples our freedom to enjoy videos in other players and devices. Needless to say, it is impossible to edit Tunes videos directly either. In this situation, removing DRM is an indispensable step before you can start to cut iTunes M4V movies. Good news is that many DRM freewares available online can remove DRM for free with different features and functions such as MyFairTunes can remove DRM from Apple music, Calibre is a DRM Remover for Apple iBooks, Freeme2 is for handling WMA and WMV DRM files and Requiem supports to break DRM from iTunes videos, songs and ebooks. Therefore to unlock DRM for free from iTunes videos, you can use Requiem. It is a super simple program which can remove digital right protection through accessing the same secret credentials used by iTunes. What you need to do is to download the Requiem 4.1 for Windows/OSX online and double click the Requiem to install and launch the software, then it will start to detect all the iTunes files and crack DRM automatically.

Note: As mentioned above, Requiem is very good as a free tool, but it also has disadvantages. For instance it was discontinued in 2012, so it only works in iTunes 7 or lower version. If you don’t have such an iTunes version, you need to remove the current iTunes version and then reinstall the older version. I have done that before and it takes rather long time. After doing that once, I never want to do that again personally. If you don’t want to waste your precious time either, alternatively you can get a paid software such as TunesKit DRM Media Converter for Windows/Mac which is an leading DRM remover with lossless quality and super fast converting speed. It supports the latest iTunes 12.6 and lifetime free update & support is available after buying.

Part 2. Cut iTunes Videos without DRM for Free

After removing DRM, the iTunes media files will become standard files without any limitations, you can play and edit them conveniently. If you want to cut the large iTunes files to remove unwanted video parts and keep your preferred clips for free, you should use TunesKit Free Video Cutter for Windows/Mac which can losslessly cut any kind of videos. It is known as the simplest and fastest video trimmer for quick editing.

Steps to Cut iTunes Videos with TunesKit Free Video Cutter

Step 1. Load the converted DRM-free iTunes video

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There won’t be any digital right protection after removing DRM from iTunes M4V videos, you can simply drag and drop the iTunes video files to the main screen of the Free Video Cutter.

Step 2. Do the trim settings

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You can use the sliders to mark the start or end time for the iTunes videos or you can input the value precisely. What’s more, you can add multiple marks for the iTunes videos, thus you can get your desired scenes more easily.

Step 3. Cut and export the iTunes M4V movie

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If you want to get a complete movie instead of multiple trimmed segments, you can also select the option ‘Merge Segments’. Then you can click ‘Start’, Tuneskit Free Video Cutter will trim and merge the video clips in a fastest speed beyond your imagination.

Conclusion

It is not so easy to cut iTunes DRM videos compared to other common video files. Due to the DRM protection, you are required to do the extra step to break DRM always. Anyway, this is the general solution to trim iTunes movies nowadays unless Apple change this digital right protection mechanism. For the iTunes video without DRM or other sources of DRM free videos, you can use TunesKit Free Video Cutter to trim them directly. It is an ideal free video cutting tool for personal use.

 

Best iTunes M4V Converter : TunesKit vs. Aimersoft vs. Noteburner

Are you fed up with the DRM (Digital Rights Management) on the iTunes movies you got? Feel annoyed that you can’t play the iTunes movies on your Android or other non-Apple devices? Don’t worry. With the iTunes movie DRM removal tools, you’ll solve this problem in seconds. Have you heard any useful tools such as TunesKit DRM Media Converter, NoteBurner M4V Converter Plus and Aimersoft DRM Media Converter? Nevertheless, here in this review, we’ll compare those three top-rated iTunes DRM video converters from different aspects, including conversion method, output quality, conversion time, speed, etc. in order to help you pick up the best iTunes M4V converter when removing DRM from iTunes videos.

TunesKit DRM Media Converter, NoteBurner M4V Converter Plus and Aimersoft DRM Media Converter are all contributed to convert the protected iTunes M4V videos to common unprotected file formats. When it comes to the effectiveness of these three tools, whose performance is the best? Just read on.

TunesKit VS NoteBurner VS Aimersoft: Converision Method

Aimersoft DRM Media Converter could be listed on the top priorities to bypass DRM from numerous types of copy-protected videos. But it is worth mentioning that Aimersoft DRM Media Cinverter can’t really remove the DRM protection and it gets the unprotected audios/videos by recording the original file. It is good news that TunesKit DRM Media Converter and NoteBurner M4V Converter Plus could convert DRM on iTunes movies and TV shows purchased and rented from iTunes store to DRM-free files.

TunesKit VS NoteBurner VS Aimersoft: Conversion Quality

The quality of conversion decides the comfort degree of enjoying videos. Here is where the difference between these three trial converters and the original file would be very apparent.

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From these pictures, we can understand that the quality of TunesKit DRM Media Converter and NoteBurner M4V Converter Plus is the same as the original file, while we might be tiresome during the watching period by using the Aimersoft DRM Media Converter.

TunesKit VS NoteBurner VS Aimersoft: Conversion Process

When starting TunesKit DRM Media Converter and NoteBurner M4V Converter Plus, the iTunes will be launched by itself, which leads us to the files that we want to convert as quickly as possible by adding the files, dragging the files into the area. Besides, it is also supported to search the files into the area by NoteBurner M4V Converter Plus, whose ‘Convert’ button is not apparent. If it was your first time to use this app, you would get trouble in it. With the Aimersoft DRM Media Converter, the iTunes won’t show up until I click the button to convert videos. As a result, we must click the key words again and again to get the files that we need, which is very troublesome.

TunesKit VS NoteBurner VS Aimersoft: Conversion Time

When it comes to conversion time, TunesKit DRM Media Converter must be the solid choice. The reason is that I measured the processing time for all apps using the same roughly one-minute iTunes source movie, TunesKit DRM Media Converter just spends around 3 seconds finishing the task, NoteBurner M4V Converter Plus needs around half a minute but the Aimersoft DRM Media Converter needs more time, which is up to at least 4 minutes. Therefore, TunesKit DRM Media Converter is the fastest converter than the other two.

Conclusion: Which is the Best iTunes M4V Converter?

From what have mentioned above, I could conclude that TunesKit DRM Media Converter, NoteBurner M4V Converter Plus and Aimersoft DRM Media Converter striping the restriction of DRM from iTunes movies and TV shows purchased and rental all aim to make our digital life easier and easier. But as far as I am concerned, TunesKit DRM Media Convertert and NoteBurner M4V Converter Plus are more convenient than Aimersoft DRM Media Converter as a whole. Nevertheless, which to choose between TunesKit DRM Media Converter and NoteBurner M4V Converter Plus depends on the following aspects.

If you have numerous iTunes movies in your library or you know the title of the movie you need to convert, NoteBurner M4V Converter Plus is a good choice because of the function of searching files. But according to the speed of converting videos with lossless quality, TunesKit DRM Media Converter may be the best choice. Hope this post can help you and now do you have the best iTunes M4V Converter to choose in your mind?