Easy Way to Cast Apple Music to Google Chromecast Audio for Playback

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Do you like to use Chomecast Audio to stream your music to your home speakers? If so, you may know that Chromecast Audio doesn’t support Apple Music channel yet. That’s to say, if you registered Apple Music service, you are not able to cast the Apple Music songs to other media devices via Chromecast Audio. That’s really annoying. But here in this article, we are going to show you a simple way to play your Apple Music on Google Chromecast in a few clicks only.

What You Need to Know about Apple Music & DRM

Apple Music, like other online streaming music services, is protected by DRM. Due to that limit, users who subscribed Apple Music service can only listen to the music songs on devices with related Apple ID. You are not allowed to copy and transfer the downloaded Apple Music tracks to other platforms or devices. And if you unsubscribe Apple Music, the offline music streams you saved on the devices will become inoperable automatically.

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So if you want to listen to the Apple Music files on Chromecast or other devices, the first thing is to find a way to kill DRM from the Apple Music files and make the protected M4P music files recognizable by other devices.

Steps to Stream Apple Music to Chromecast Audio

Now let’s go ahead to see what we should do in order to cast Apple Music to speakers via Chromecast.

Part 1. Best Tool to Remove DRM from Apple Music M4P

The efficient DRM removal solution for Apple Music we are talking about here is TunesKit Apple Music Converter ( or Mac). It’s specially designed to bypass DRM lock from Apple Music offline M4P files and convert the M4P to MP3, AAC, WAV, M4A, and other common audio formats. It works at 30X faster speed and could keep all the ID tags after conversion, including the cover, date, author, genre, etc.

Part 2. How to Convert Apple Music M4P to MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC…

Firstly, download and install the free version of TunesKit Apple Music Converter on your Mac or PC. It’s fully compatible with the latest macOS 10.12 as well as Windows 10.

  1. Launch TunesKit Apple Music Converter. Click Add Files button to import the offline M4P music from Apple Music library to the converter. You can also drag the music files to the program.
  2. Once the M4P songs are loaded successfully, you should click the “gear” icon to select output audio formats as you like. Currently it supports MP3, AAC, M4A, M4B, WAV, FLAC.
  3. Then you can start to convert the DRM M4P songs to MP3 or other formats by clicking “Convert” button.

Part 3. Play Apple Music on Google Chromecast

When the conversion finishes, you’ll get the DRM-free Apple Music songs. Then you can cast the music tracks from your PC or Mac to Chromecast Audio as desire.

 For the original resource, please visit this page: http://www.tuneskit.com/apple-music-tips/stream-apple-music-to-chromecast.html

 

 

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TunesKit DRM M4V Converter Fully Supports Mac OS X 10.11.6 Now

In order to fully support the latest beta release of Mac OS X 10.11.6, TunesKit studio upgraded its featured DRM Media Converter for Mac to v.2.9.2. Mac users can now upgrade their TunesKit DRM M4V Converter for Mac to the latest version to remove DRM protection from iTunes M4V movies and TV shows on Mac OS X 10.11.6 beta.

Although the official release of Mac EI Capitan 10.11.6 is yet to come, many TunesKit users who have already upgraded to the 10.11.6 beta reported some problems in using TunesKit DRM M4V Converter to remove DRM from iTunes movies on the specific Mac OS X version. The common issue is that the output iTunes video files by TunesKit have no image or green screen with only audio tracks while playing back. In order to fix the problem, TunesKit R&D team keeps working and finally get the solution after repeatedly testing. Now with the newest v.2.9.2 of TunesKit DRM M4V Converter for Mac, users are able to easily and completely strip DRM off from iTunes movie rentals and purchases without problem as before.

Now all Mac users can get the most up-to-date version of TunesKit DRM Media Converter for Mac from the official website or using the built-in auto-upgrading feature within the program.

Official link: http://www.tuneskit.com/tuneskit-for-mac.html

More About TunesKit DRM M4V Converter for Mac

TunesKit DRM M4V Converter for Mac is an all-in-one iTunes DRM removal solution for Mac users that is developed to crack DRM lock from iTunes videos, including the protected music videos, movie rentals and purchases, and TV episodes. While bypassing the DRM restriction from the M4V files, this smart DRM remover is also able to convert the protected M4V videos to common MP4 format with 100% original quality preserved. That’s to say, it can keep the original AAC stereo audio, AC3 5.1 Dolby sound, subtitles, closed captions, etc. in the output DRM-free video files. It works at 20x faster speed due to the advanced and innovative DRM decryption method. Once the DRM is successfully cracked from the iTunes media, customers won’t be restricted by the limit any more so that they can enjoy any iTunes movie on non-Apple devices as they like.

How to Remove DRM from iTunes M4V on Mac 10.11.6 with TunesKit

It only takes a few steps to completely bypass DRM control from iTunes movies or episodes by using TunesKit DRM Media Converter.

  1. Install TunesKit v.2.9.2 on Mac OS X 10.11.6 or lower.
  2. Launch TunesKit and add the iTunes M4V videos by clicking “Add Files” button.
  3. Click “Convert” button to start to remove DRM from iTunes files.

Apple Music and DRM: What You Need to Know

Let’s stop the FUD already, okay?

Yes, Apple Music has a DRM component. Yes, it sucks, but it’s similar to every other streaming service. No, it does not overwrite the files on your Mac to make all your music DRM-laden. For those Googling in a panic, here’s the deal.

Anything you download from Apple Music’s streaming catalog is DRM-protected

Just like every other streaming service, Apple adds a DRM (digital rights management) layer to its streaming music collection. This keeps you from getting a subscription, downloading a ton of music in month one, then canceling the subscription. Instead, if you cancel Apple Music, all that streaming music becomes inoperable.

If you want DRM-free versions of that music, you can always buy tracks and albums from iTunes, Google, Amazon, or any other number of retailers.

More Tips: If you download the Apple music songs and want to crack the DRM lock from the files directly, you can use some DRM removal tools, like TunesKit DRM Apple Music Converter for Mac/Windows. You are suggested to test the free trial version to see whether it meets your needs.

iCloud Music Library doesn’t DRM everything

Just like with the company’s iTunes Match service, Apple Music allows you to upload the music you own on your Mac to iCloud; from there, you can stream and download it using your iCloud Music Library to your other devices.

Apple’s upload algorithm for Apple Music works in two parts. First, it scans your library for any tracks that also happen to be in Apple Music, and matches those together—so when you download a copy of your song on a different Mac, iPhone, or iPad, you’re getting the high-quality 256kbps version from the Apple Music catalog.

Then, any songs it can’t match, it uploads directly to iCloud; when you download a copy of those songs on a different device, you’re getting the same file you had on your Mac.

So what gets DRM? Any matched track you download to another device. It gets DRM because the file itself is coming directly from the Apple Music catalog, which, as we established above, has DRM on it.

Uploaded tracks that you re-download will never get DRM, because they’re not coming from the Apple Music catalog.

If you enable iCloud Music Library on your Mac, those songs will not automatically get replaced with DRM versions

This seems to be where people are getting confused, and I just want to straighten this out right here:

Apple is never going to replace the music you’ve already downloaded with DRM copies.

Okay? Here’s why. Your hard-copy music library on your Mac is yours. Apple may scan it for inclusion in iCloud Music Library on the iCloud server, but they have no control of your hard drive’s tracks. So, if you’re worried that Apple is magically turning any matched songs in your library to DRM copies, they’re not.

iCloud Music Library is not a backup service

That said: Do not upload all your tracks from iTunes to iCloud, then delete the local copy on your Mac. If you do that, you’re getting rid of your original, DRM-free copies. And you’re leaving yourself without a physical backup of your data, which I never, ever recommend.

Also, this is how disinformation like “iCloud Music Library is DRMing all the music on my Mac!” gets disseminated. Because if you upload all your music to iCloud Music Library, then delete it, then redownload it to your Mac, iCloud is going to assume you’re downloading that track onto an auxiliary device, and send you the matched tracks. Which have DRM on them.

This is the only way you can end up with DRM-laden music on your Mac that’s technically yours: by deleting your original copies. Don’t delete your original copies, and you won’t have a problem.

If you don’t want DRM on copies of your iTunes music, use iTunes Match (or turn off iCloud Music Library)

Don’t like the idea of DRM on your matched songs for auxiliary devices? You’ve got two options.

Option one: Use iTunes Match

iTunes Match ($25/year) performs essentially the same service as Apple Music, but it matches tracks with the iTunes Store catalog, which is DRM-free. As such, when you redownload a matched track or download it to another device, it’s a DRM-free file that can never be taken away.

If you use both Apple Music and iTunes Match, the Store catalog supercedes the Music streaming catalog; you should always be getting DRM-free files if you subscribe to Match. If for some reason you’re getting Apple Music files, don’t panic: it’s a bug. Try logging out and logging back in again, or deleting and redownloading the file.

Option two: Turn off iCloud Music Library on your Mac

Don’t want your Mac’s files getting scanned? Turn off iCloud Music Library on your Mac. In iTunes, go to Preferences > General > Uncheck iCloud Music Library.

You can still keep iCloud Music Library active on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and add tracks from there if you don’t mind not having your Mac’s library streaming to your other devices; you can also make a secondary user account on your Mac that has no music and iCloud Music Library enabled so that you can listen to your streaming catalog on OS X. But if you don’t want it to scan your files, you don’t have to let it.

Source: http://www.imore.com/no-apple-not-adding-drm-songs-your-mac-you-already-own

How to Break DRM Lock from iTunes Movie Rentals

Limits of iTunes Rented Movies You Should Know

Many people would like to rent movies from iTunes store over purchasing since the movie rentals are usually much cheaper than the purchases. If you do, there are some things you need to know when renting movies from iTunes. Firstly, like the purchased movies, the rented files from iTunes are all protected by Apple’s FairPlay DRM and can only be played on approved devices, such as iPhone or iPad. Aside from that, all iTunes movie rentals are limited for use within a solid period only. That’s to say, if you rent a movie from iTunes, you are only allowed to keep this video on your computer for 30 days. Once you started to watch it, you only have 24 hours (in US) and 48 hours (other countries) to finish watching. Because when it expires, the rental file will disappear from your iTunes library automatically. You’ll have to rent it again if you didn’t finish watching it within the time limit.

Solution to Un-lock 24-hour Limit on iTunes Rentals

It’s really frustrated to handle the time limit on iTunes rentals for some specific long movies. So you may wonder whether there’s any way to remove the time limit on iTunes movie rentals so that you can keep the videos on your computer forever. This article will show you a simple solution to extend the life of iTunes rentals by removing the DRM from the files permanently with a smart yet professional iTunes DRM video converter.

Guide to Remove DRM from iTunes M4V Movie Rentals

This special program we are talking about here is TunesKit DRM M4V Converter for Mac (Also available in Windows version). It’s designed to strip DRM protection from both rented and purchased movies from iTunes. As you know, the iTunes movies are saved in protected MP4 format, known as M4V. Therefore, TunesKit is also set to convert the DRM-ed M4V rentals as well as purchases to commonly used MP4 format which is supported by almost all popular media devices in the world. It works at 20x faster speed and it can also preserve the lossless quality of the iTunes rented movies, including the AC3 5.1 audio, subtitles, etc. With the help of TunesKit iTunes Video Converter, you can easily unlock the 24-hour time limit from iTunes rentals so as to keep them forever.

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The following steps will show you how to remove the DRM lock from iTunes movie rentals with TunesKit.

* Make sure you’ve installed the free trial version of TunesKit DRM M4V Converter for Mac.

Step 1. Import the rented movies from iTunes library to TunesKit via “Add Files” > “Rentals”. You can also drag and drop the files for conversion.

Step 2. Adjust output path, subtitles, audio tracks as it requires.

Step 3. Start to remove DRM from iTunes rentals by clicking “Convert” button.

When the DRM is removed successfully from the rentals, you can then keep the files on any platform as you like without worrying about the time limit any more.

Top Reasons Why We Should Remove DRM Protection

Brief Introduction to DRM (Digital Rights Management)

In the previous posts, we’ve already discussed what DRM is and how it digital rights managementactually works. Generally speaking, DRM is a kind of technology adopted by digital media sellers to control the way customers using those files after sale. The particular purpose of DRM is to prevent people from accessing, duplicating, and sharing copyrighted digital files in ways that the owners don’t like them to. As a result, the applying of Digital Rights Management has largely restricted our freedom and rights in enjoying the media content we legally purchased. Therefore, it should probably be modified to Digital Restrictions Management, because it’s not about rights at all, but only restrictions.

Common Restrictions Caused by DRM Protection

Due to DRM technology, we’ve continuously controlled by companies like Apple, Microsoft, Sony, Amazon when using media content bought from them. In order to gain the full ownership of every piece of digital file we legally bought, we think it’s necessary and right to get rid of the DRM protection. We should break the following restrictions brought by DRM once and for all:

* We are restricted to use purchased media contents only on certain devices
* We are not allowed to edit video or audio even we have paid for it
* We are totally controlled by media companies over every aspect of what we can do with their media
* We would lose what we have paid for if the companies decide to stop running the media files
* DRM makes it possible for only few companies to take over the distribution of digital contents in their hands

Top 3 Reasons to Remove DRM from iTunes Media

Like other DRM technologies, the FairPlay DRM developed by Apple has also restricted us from fully enjoying the media we legally purchased from its iTunes store. We are listing the three of the main reasons why we need to remove DRM from iTunes media content as below:

   1. iTunes movies, TVs, audiobooks, ibooks are locked to be played on Apple’s devices only

In order to prevent iTunes customers from copying movies and other media files from iTunes to other non-Apple-approved devices after buying, Apple adopted the FairPlay DRM protection to encrypt its media, including movies, TV shows, ebooks and audiobooks, on iTunes Store.

    2. All iTunes DRM-ed media are restricted from sharing and editing

Apart from the playback restriction caused by iTunes DRM protection, another main reason why we should remove the DRM is that we are not allowed to share iTunes media to any platforms beyond Apple’s approval. Because of the DRM copy protection, we can’t edit the purchased iTunes items even on Apple’s own media editing software like iMovie or Final Cut Pro. We can’t transfer iTunes content from one account to the other.

    3. iTunes rented movies are expired within 24/48 hours

Restriction becomes even tougher for movies rented from iTunes. Except for the ones mentioned above, the unique restriction applied on iTunes movie rentals is that all rented movies and TV shows are only valid for keeping in 30 days while valid for watching within only 24 hours in US and 48 hours in other countries once started. Once the rentals are expired, they will disappear from iTunes library and we have to rent it again if we want to continue watching.

Bypass DRM from iTunes, Amazon, Audible, BBC Media

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Since the DRM restriction has lead us with a lot of inconvenience and frustration in enjoying the media files, we’d better get rid of it for good. Here we are glad to introduce some top DRM removal tools for you.

Remove DRM from iTunes M4V Movies

TunesKit DRM Video Converter (Mac & Windows) is one of the best iTunes video converter which is able to remove DRM lock from iTunes movies and TV shows while converting the protected .m4v to common .mp4 with original quality kept at 20x faster speed.

Remove DRM from iTunes/Audible Audiobooks

TunesKit also has a featured DRM Audiobook Converter (Mac & Windows) developed to unlock DRM from audiobooks that are purchased from iTunes and Audible by converting the DRM-ed M4B, M4A, AA, AAX audiobooks to MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC and M4A at 30x faster speed.

Remove DRM from iTunes/Amazon/BBC Video and Audio

Another great DRM media converter which is able to convert a variety of different DRM-ed media formats is Aimersoft DRM Media Converter for Windows. It’s able to bypass the DRM from M4V, WMV, ASF downloaded or purchased from iTunes, Windows Media Centre, BBC iPlayer, Xbox Live Store, Amazon Instant Video, Limewire, uTorrent, FrostWire and more.

How Does FairPlay DRM Work & Tools to Bypass FairPlay Protection

fairplay drm protectionYou may have heard of FairPlay DRM, but do you know how does it work actually? In this article, we’ll tell you what it is and how to bypass it for good.

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.

Different DRM Technologies in Movies

We previously talked about what DRM technology is and here we would like to discuss the different DRM technologies developed and survived over the years in movies with you.

As we already know, Digital Rights Management (DRM) refers to a broad category of access control technologies aimed at restricting the use and copy of digital content on a wide range of devices. In the past decade, many DRM technologies have been developed within the industry, but very few have survived till today. Now let’s get into the most popular commercial DRM schemes in film as below.

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In the early days of DVD technologies, a DRM system called Content Scrambling System (CSS) was developed by the DVD Forum on film DVDs. It uses a simple encryption scheme designed to prevent byte-for-byte copying of a MPEG (digital video) stream. More recently, due to the rapid adoption of new media technologies such as HD-DVD and Blu-ray, new DRM systems today concern mostly with these platforms:

Windows Media DRM on WMV/WMA Media

Most WMV, WMA files are unprotected and can be used for most media players and Windows Phone or tablets. WMV is also the best suitable steaming video format for webpage. But if you got the WMV/WMA files from Windows Media center, you are limited to use these files by Windows Media DRM.

Tips: To unlock DRM from WMV or WMA media files, you are recommended to use Aimersoft DRM Media Converter for Windows.

Apple’s FairPlay DRM on iTunes Movies/TV shows

FairPlay is a DRM scheme from Apple which was initially used for its music store to protect audio files, but was soon also adopted in ePub files designed for Apple’s iBooks. The DRM on iTunes music files was removed by Apple since 2009 but the FairPlay is still used to encrypt its movies and TV shows in iTunes store. Due to which, users are only allowed to watch iTunes  video on certain Apple devices only.

Tips: To remove FairPlay DRM from iTunes movies and TV shows, you can try TunesKit DRM Video Converter for Mac or Windows.

Digital Rights Management – What Is DRM Technology

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Have you ever heard of something called DRM? Or put it simply, have you ever encountered such a situation as below?

  • You purchased a movie from iTunes store and would like to put it on your newly bought Samsung Galaxy S6 for watching. But it seems impossible to get it done since it continuously displays errors like “Unsupported Format” or something else.
  • You meet the same problem when you want to enjoy some audiobooks bought from Audible or iTunes on your Sandisk Sansa MP3 player. It won’t allow you to copy the audiobook files to your player by keeps saying the file format is wrong.

If you ever have such an experience before, you’ve already trapped by the DRM technology which we are talking about in this article. But what does DRM actually mean? Why would it restrict the use of certain digital contents we legally paid for? In order to make things clearer to you, we are about to explain in the following article what DRM technology actually is while providing you an ultimate solution to bypass DRM lock easily.

What Is DRM

DRM (Digital Rights Management) is a class of copy protection technologies that are used by hardware and software manufacturers, publishers, copyright holders, and individuals with the intent to control the use of digital content and devices after sale; there are, however, many competing definitions. With first-generation DRM software, the intent is to control copying; with second-generation DRM, the intent is to control executing, viewing, copying, printing, and altering of works or devices. The term is also sometimes referred to as copy protectioncopy prevention, and copy control, although the correctness of doing so is disputed. DRM is a set of access control technologies.

Generally speaking, DRM is an anti-piracy technology adopted by digital copyright owners to restrict the use of their digital materials and works, including software, movies, music, etc by others. The particular purpose of DRM is to prevent people from accessing, duplicating, and sharing copyrighted digital files in ways that the owners don’t like them to.

DRM Technology Used in iTunes Media Content

Among the various forms of DRM, the most commonly known one is FairPlay, a DRM technology developed and adopted by Apple to create its media content in iTunes store, including movies, TV shows, iBooks as well as audiobooks.

Take iTunes movies as an example. Because of the FairPlay DRM encryption, iTunes movies, TV shows and music videos are all formatted as .M4V files which can only be recognised by Apple-approved devices or software. As a result, users can’t copy, re-encode or share the video files even though they have already get them paid legally.

Worse still, for the movies rented from iTunes, users only get 30 days to keep and watch the movie from the day they rented the file and 24 hours (in US) or 48 hours (other countries) to finish watching it once started. The rented file will be taken back automatically by iTunes when it expires.

Best Solutions to Unlock DRM

Currently, the most popular yet effective way to get rid of DRM lock from protected media content is to use a third-party DRM removal tool, such as Requiem or TunesKit. Requiem is one of the best free iTunes DRM remover used by most users who are running Mac OS X lower than 10.7 and iTunes lower than 10.6 since it has stopped upgrading for a long time. TunesKit is not a freeware, but it could be the best shareware to remove DRM from iTunes movies and TV shows with the fastest speed by preserving the original video quality like Requiem does. And the best part is that TunesKit works with the latest Mac and Windows OS as well as latest iTunes. And it will keep the pace with the trends to support the latest computer system and iTunes versions continuously.