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

video cutter trim settings

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

convert and export videos

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.


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.



How to Make TunesKit Work with iTunes 12.6 on Mac

Mac users of TunesKit DRM removal tools, including the DRM Media Converter, Audiobook Converter, and Apple Music Converter, would encounter the conversion failure when running the software with the latest iTunes 12.6 on Mac OS X 10.11 or macOS 10.12. But please don’t worry. Here we’ll provide you with two solutions to make TunesKit work again under iTunes 12.6 as before.

Solution 1. Disable System Integrity Protection on Mac

Ever since Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Apple has introduced System Integrity Protection, known as SIP. TunesKit won’t work properly with SIP enabled on the Mac where iTunes 12.6 installed. This method just shows you how to configure your machine by partially disabling the SIP setting so that you can run TunesKit successfully with iTunes 12.6 on your Mac.

1. Boot into Recovery OS

recovery os

Simply restart your Mac machine. Hold COMMAND + R until the Apple logo appears. Then select Terminal from the Utilities menu.

2. Partially disable SIP

turn off SIP

In the popup window it opens, please type csrutil enable –without debug and press Return. Then the part of SIP that TunesKit runs will be turned off.

3. Restart Mac and run TunesKit

Now input reboot and press Return to restart your Mac. Once restarted, you can install TunesKit again on your machine so that you can use it to convert iTunes movies, or Apple Music, or audiobooks as before without any problem.

Note: Please be well noted that this only disables the part of the SIP function that TunesKit needs to run on your Mac, so your machine is still being protected. You can enter csrutil status and press Return in Terminal to check the SIP status and you’ll find it’s still enabled, see below:

sip enabled

But if you are still considering about the security issue, you can also enable the System Integrity Protection again once you complete the conversion with TunesKit by following the guide below.

Tips: How to Enable SIP Again?

To enable the System Integrity Protection again, you can simply quite TunesKit, then boot into the Recovery OS as mentioned in the first step. In the pop-up window, type csrutil clear and press Return. Then type reboot and press Return to restart your machine.

Solution 2. Downgrade iTunes 12.6 to iTunes 12.5 or lower

If you don’t want to turn off the SIP setting on your Mac, then the other option to make TunesKit work again on your Mac is downgrading your iTunes 12.6 to 12.5. But the problem is, unlike Windows, iTunes comes preinstalled as part of OS X, and is considered “required” software by operating system. So you can’t simply drag the iTunes app to Trash for uninstallation. Please don’t worry. You can simply follow these steps to learn how to completely uninstall iTunes 12.6 and reinstall iTunes 12.5.

1. Uninstall iTunes 12.6

uninstall itunes 12.6

Firstly navigate to the Applications folder and find the iTunes app file (/Applications/ Right-click (or Control-click) on iTunes and select Get Info. Locate and click on the padlock icon on the bottom right side of the window and enter your admin password.

Expand the Sharing & Permissions section of the window if it’s not already visible and change the privileges for “everyone” to Read & Write. Then close the Get Info window and try again to drag the iTunes application file to the Trash.

Tips: This won’t affect your iTunes library file or your actual iTunes media, both of which are stored outside of the application file we deleted. This means that if you later reinstall iTunes, you can point it to your old iTunes library and pick up right where you left off.

2. Install iTunes 12.5

You can download the previous iTunes 12.5 in some software download sites, such as Then install it on your Mac. Please note that the older version of iTunes may not recognize your iTunes library in iTunes 12.6. You need to reload the iTunes library later.

3. Reload iTunes library

replace itunes library

Go to your home directory > Music > iTunes and find the file named iTunes Library.itl. You can rename it or just delete it. Then go to the folder of Previous iTunes Libraries in the same directory, and find the most recent iTunes Library.itl and copy the specific file to the iTunes folder by removing the date info from the file name.

4. Turn off iTunes automatic upgrade

Relaunch iTunes, go to menu bar and choose iTunes > Preferences > Advanced. Disable the Check for new software updates automatically option and then click OK to save the setting.

That’s it. Then you can use TunesKit again on your Mac as smoothly as before.

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iTunes DRM Removal: How to Remove DRM Lock from iTunes Media


How would you describe Apple’s ecosystem, especially the iTunes ecosystem? Doesn’t it like that Apple has lured users into a trap using design or marketing, shut the door behind them and thrown away the key? Generally speaking, this kind of ecosystem lock-in essentially doesn’t allow the customer to take the content and move to another platform. To be specifically, this can be achieved by limiting a device’s file format compatibility, or by limiting the ways in which a device can be loaded with content.

Apple’s Ecosystem Lock-in: iTunes Music, Video, and Books

Before January 6, 2009, audio files sold in iTunes Store were protected using Apple’s own FairPlay DRM solution. As of today, all music sold in the iTunes Store after April 7, 2009, is DRM free while Apple put the DRM back to the songs in its newly released music streaming service, Apple Music. Currently, all video content, including movies, TV shows, and music videos sold through iTunes is DRM protected and can only be played on devices compatible with the FairPlay DRM. With iBooks, Apple offers both copy protected books as well as books without DRM on its iOS devices. In the case of audiobooks, they are generally offered in file formats, such as M4A or M4B, with embedded DRM protection.

Those facts portray a gloomy situation we have to face, that is, several types of content available for purchase in iTunes are subject to ecosystem lock-in, where we as users are prohibited from dealing with the purchased items in ways we like. That’s not the end of the story, however. There are of course methods to strip DRM from iTunes media content, such as the ones introduced in the following article.

Bypass DRM Encryption from Offline Apple Music M4P Songs

If you are subscribing Apple Music streaming service or have a large collection of iTunes music files purchased before 2009, you may have the need to move away from Apple ecosystem by transferring those DRM-restricted songs to non-Apple platforms. In such a case, you are here to meet TunesKit DRM M4P Converter, a perfect DRM removal solution developed to completely remove DRM from offline Apple Music M4P songs, as well as the old iTunes music purchases protected by DRM. It’s designed to free the M4P audio from DRM by converting the copy-protected songs to common MP3, AAC, M4A, FLAC, WAV, and M4B with original ID tags preserved. If you own any mac machine running OS X 10.8 or later, you should install the TunesKit M4P Converter for Mac.

For more details on how to crack DRM from Apple Music and iTunes M4P, you can follow this complete tutorial: How to Unlock DRM Copy Protection from Apple Music M4P Streams >>

Remove DRM Lock from iTunes M4V Movies, TV Shows, Music Videos

As one of the largest online stores selling digital copies of movies and TV episodes worldwide, iTunes ecosystem, regardless of the DRM copy right, has made it convenient for customers to pick up any hot movie piece in minutes. In order to get the full control of the purchased or even rented movies from iTunes, you need to use a third-party iTunes DRM removal tool to decrypt the DRM. The magic M4V media converter we are talking about here is TunesKit DRM M4V Converter for Mac (Windows). It’s an all-in-one DRM cracker that was designed to easily strip DRM protection from iTunes movies (rented and purchased), TV series, as well as music videos while converting the DRM-ed M4V videos to non-DRM MP4, M4V, MOV, AVI, MKV, MP3, AAC and other common media formats. It supports lossless conversion for the iTunes M4V movies to MP4 and M4V formats. That’s to say, it will keep the original quality, including AC3 5.1 audio, subtitles, Closed Captions, AD, etc. so that you can enjoy the same lossless quality as the original movies even after the DRM is removed.

To see how to losslessly convert the DRM-ed iTunes movies to non-DRM M4V, please visit this source page: How to Losslessly Remove DRM from iTunes M4V >>

Kill DRM from iBooks ePub eBooks

Because of the DRM protection, the books sold from iBooks store, unlike the common ePub files, are only recognizable by Apple’s devices. If you want to read the iBooks on other eBook readers, such as Amazon Kindle, or Nook, you’ll have to firstly bypass the DRM protection from those ePub books with some useful iBooks DRM removal applications, such as TunesKit DRM iBook Copy for Mac, a powerful and smart DRM cracker for iBooks on Mac. It’s able to remove DRM from eBooks with .epub and .ibooks extensions you purchased from iBooks or iTunes store. Once the DRM is unlocked from the books, you can freely convert the DRM-free iBooks to Mobi, AZW3, PDF or other popular eBook formats with Calibre eBook converter freeware.

You can find the complete guide on how to get DRM-free copies of iBooks ePub from this article: How to Remove DRM from iBooks >>

Convert iTunes M4A, M4B Audiobooks

For iTunes users who have saved a large number of audiobooks with DRM, you can get rid of the DRM copy protection from the iTunes audiobooks with the help of TunesKit DRM Audiobook Converter (Mac). It’s capable of removing DRM and converting the iTunes M4B, M4A audio books to unprotected MP3, AAC, M4B, M4A, WAV, FLAC formats for playback on any popular audio device. It will keep the chapter info for the audiobooks if you select the output format as M4A. Aside from converting the iTunes audiobooks to MP3 and other formats, this professional audiobook solution also supports Audible AA and AAX audiobooks.

Wondering how it performs in cracking DRM from the iTunes audiobooks, here you go: How to Convert iTunes M4B Audiobooks to MP3 >>

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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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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.


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.

Difference Between Apple Music & iTunes Match

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Confused about what you get with Apple Music versus what you get with iTunes Match?

With the arrival of Apple Music—and its broad claim to make your library’s songs streamable alongside its primary streaming collection—those with iTunes Match accounts might be a wee bit confused as to whether they still need the service. Here’s what you need to know!

What Apple Music offers

For $9.99/month (or $14.99/month, for a family plan), Apple Music gives you access to its streaming catalog and a whole other host of cool music features. In addition, Apple Music subscribers can stream any song in the Apple Music catalog, whether they own it or not; they can also upload up to 25,000 songs from their Mac’s iTunes library. (Purchased iTunes content doesn’t count toward that 25,000 song limit.) That limit will be raised to 100,000 songs with the release of iOS 9 later this year, according to Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue.

Apple Music scans those 25,000 songs to see which, if any, can be matched with the Apple Music catalog. If they can, when you re-download that song on another device, you’ll get a 256kbps Apple Music AAC file—which also happens to have DRM on it. Any songs not matched with the Apple Music catalog are uploaded as-is, where they can be redownloaded in their original format.

All of these tunes sit alongside any streamed Apple Music catalog tracks you add in your iCloud Music Library; you can stream or download tracks for offline listening from that at any time from any of your devices (up to 10). (Your iCloud Music Library doesn’t count toward your iCloud storage, as your Photo Library does; it’s only based on number of songs, rather than gigabytes.) Unlike Match, any offerings from Apple Music’s catalog that match up with your library truly are streaming—no local cache issues to be found here. Non-matched music will still have to be downloaded locally to your device before streaming.

All tracks from Apple Music’s catalog—including tracks that the service has matched from your Mac’s iTunes library—that you download on another device (i.e. your iPhone or iPad) are DRM-encrypted. This means that if you cancel your Apple Music subscription, they’ll disappear.

Any tracks you’ve uploaded to iCloud Music Library from your Macs will stay where they are on their original device, in their original format—your source tracks won’t be DRM-encoded.

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What iTunes Match offers

For $25/year, Apple will let you stream up to 25,000 songs from your iTunes Music library to your devices connected with your Apple ID. If you purchased any of these tracks from Apple’s iTunes Store, they won’t be used toward your 25,000 limit, nor do they need to be uploaded because Apple has the track on its servers already; only songs Apple uploads from your iTunes Library count. i.e.: Owning Taylor Swift’s 1989 will let you access it from any device it with no uploading separately; your demo recordings will need to be uploaded to Apple’s servers first before you can play them.

iTunes Match scans those 25,000 songs to see which, if any, can be matched with the iTunes Store catalog. If they can, when you re-download that song on another device, you’ll get a 256kbps Matched DRM-free AAC file. Any songs not matched with the iTunes Store catalog are uploaded as-is, where they can be redownloaded in their original format. You can then stream or download these tracks for offline listening from that at any time from any of your devices (up to 10).

Match’s “streaming” is entirely downloading-based: As such, when you “stream” a song from iTunes Match, you’re downloading a cache to your device and filling its space. You can also, of course, download songs locally.

All iTunes Match tracks you download on another device (i.e. your iPhone or iPad) are DRM-free: If you cancel your Match subscription, they’ll stay on your device if they’ve been downloaded, but you won’t be able to stream anything further. (Any tracks you’ve uploaded to iTunes Match from your Macs will stay where they are.)

Do you need both?

If you care about DRM-free matched music on your other devices, yes, you need both. Otherwise, nope. If you have Apple Music, you don’t need iTunes Match.

One note on that: If you ever decide to cancel Apple Music and want to keep your purchased and uploaded content available on other devices, you’ll want to re-activate your iTunes Match subscription. (You won’t carry over any songs you’ve added from the Apple Music streaming library, of course.)

When you first open iTunes on your Mac, you’ll have the option to sign in to either Apple Music or Match from the Account menu; once you choose Apple Music, the iTunes Match option disappears—Apple Music supersedes it. If you’re subscribed to both, you’ll be able to turn off or cancel your Match subscription by going to Account > View Account > Settings > Subscriptions > Manage, but otherwise, Apple Music and iCloud Music Library are the primary option for controlling your cloud library.

If Apple Music duplicates iTunes Match’s feature-set, why is Apple keeping Match as an option?

If you don’t want DRM-locked streaming music, iTunes Match makes sense as a complementary option to Apple Music. And if you don’t want Apple Music streaming at all, iTunes Match gives you access to your purchased and uploaded music on all your devices.

Why would you choose iTunes Match rather than just subscribe to Apple Music? Math and DRM, my friends: iTunes Match is just $24.99/year, while an Apple Music subscription runs you $119.88/year. If streaming all of Apple’s music collection doesn’t appeal to you, but having on-the-go DRM-free access to your full music library does, iTunes Match appears to be a good alternate option.

What happens when you cancel?

Here’s where there’s a difference: When you cancel an Apple Music subscription, you lose access to your iCloud Music Library along with any streaming songs you may have added to it that you didn’t own, and redownloaded matched songs from your Mac’s library. They all get deleted. You can manually add tunes to your devices’ libraries again via iTunes or re-download your purchased content, but that’s it.

When you cancel an iTunes Match subscription, however, you’ll keep any matched or uploaded songs that you’ve downloaded locally to your device—but you won’t be able to download any new songs from the cloud. Your iTunes Match library continues to be stored for 30 days; if you activate Apple Music or re-activate Match, you’ll regain access to it. Otherwise, after 30 days, it gets removed from Apple’s servers.

If you activate Match before cancelling Apple Music, your iCloud library should transfer over (save for any songs from the Apple Music you saved but don’t own), but we haven’t been able to test that in full quite yet. More testing coming soon.

Unfortunately, based on user reports it doesn’t sound like you’ll be able to get a refund for your Match subscription if you already paid up for this year and want to cancel it in favor of Apple Music.


iTunes Tips – How to Download Previously Purchased Movies, Music, and Apps

With Apple iTunes, you have unlimited access to download previous music, movie and app purchases anytime you like. This comes in handy if you have lost your files on your hard drive and wish to easily download the content to a new device. Here’s how to download previously purchased iTunes movies, songs, apps, etc. step by step.

From iTunes on Computer

  1. Open iTunes and select “iTunes Store“.
  2. On the right menu, click the “Purchased” link.
  3. If prompted, type your Apple ID and Password, then select “Sign In“
  4. Select the type of item you wish to download at the top-right part of the window. Choose “Music“, “TV Shows“, “Apps” or “Books“. You can also choose to view “All” or items “Not in My Library”.
  5. Select the Cloud icon next to the item or the “Download All” button located at the lower-right part of the screen to download the item(s) to your computer.

From iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad

Music, Movies, and TV Shows

  1. Open the “iTunes Store” app.
  2. Select “More” at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Select “Purchased“.
  4. Choose Music. “Movies“, or “TV Shows“.
  5. Select the “All” or  “Not On This…” option as desired at the top of the screen
  6. Select the item you wish to download.
  7. Tap the Cloud icon next to the item to download it to the device.


You can download purchased apps right to your mobile device.

  1. Open the “App Store” app.
  2. On the iPad, select “Purchased“. On the iPod Touch and iPhone, select “Updates“.
  3. Select “Purchased“.
  4. Tap the Cloud next to the apps you wish to download.

How to Remove DRM Protection from Purchased iTunes M4V Movies

As you may know, movies downloaded from iTunes store are protected M4V files that can only be recognised by Apple’s devices. In order to transfer iTunes M4V movies to non-Apple devices, you should remove the DRM lock from the movies at first. In this case, TunesKit DRM M4V Media Converter (Mac & Windows) would be the best option to get it done. It’s specially developed to bypass DRM copy-protection from both rented and purchased iTunes movies while converting the DRM-ed M4V format to commonly used MP4 files at  20x faster speed without any quality loss. You can follow this tutorial to see how to convert iTunes M4V movies to MP4 with TunesKit easily: Steps to Convert iTunes DRM M4V to MP4 >>

iTunes Solution – How to Fix the Problem of ‘The file “iTunes Library.itl” cannot be read’

Many iTunes users may have encountered with the following problem after upgrading or re-installing Apple iTunes. When starting the application, you’ll get a strange error message saying that ‘The file “iTunes Library.itl” cannot be read because it was created by a newer version of iTunes.’

I have also had such a problem with the iTunes Library.itl file in the past but finally get it fixed. Now you are suggested to follow the steps below to learn how to fix this issue with ease.

Note: You will have to rebuild your iTunes library after performing these steps. All ratings, playlists, etc. will be lost. The media files you own should still be available on your hard drive though.

Step 1. Navigate to where the iTunes Library.itl file is located.

  • OS X – /Users/username/Music
  • Windows XP – C:\Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Music
  • Windows Vista – C:\Users\username\Music
  • Windows 8 or 7 – C:\Users\username\My Music

Step 2. Delete the iTunes Library file.

Step 3. Start iTunes. Your music database will now be blank, but your music files should still be available in the iTunes Music folder located in one of the locations noted above.

Step 4. Drag and drop the iTunes Music folder and any other folders that contain your music files to the iTunes application window. iTunes should then take some time to rebuild the database of music.

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How to Fix iTunes 12.2 iTunes Match & Apple Music DRM Bug

Apple just released a minor update to iTunes 12, seemingly addressing several issues related to Apple Music’s debut in iTunes 12.2. One major problem — automatic switching of certain iTunes Match songs to “Apple Music” status, along with the unwanted addition of Apple’s Fairplay DRM — is mentioned in iTunes 12.2.1’s release notes. Apple says the update resolves an issue “where iTunes incorrectly changed some songs from Matched to Apple Music,” and lets you restore non-DRMed files to your library.

But unless you follow a specific procedure spotlighted in a new Apple support document, the fix could create even bigger problems for your library. Apple notes that if you download 12.2.1, “previously matched songs [that] appear as Apple Music songs” will be fixed, as iTunes will “correct the information automatically.” Indeed, you’ll see that Matched or Purchased songs that switched to “Apple Music” status now say Matched or Purchased again within the iTunes library. “After you update,” says Apple, “you can remove and download again any songs that were incorrectly downloaded as Apple Music.” But if you hit the wrong button, you’ll find it hard to restore your tracks…

If you want to restore a downloaded, Apple Music DRM’ed track to normal, DON’T just delete the DRM’ed version of the song from your iTunes library. Try to do this, and the dialog box above will pop up. Hitting return or the blue-highlighted button will obliterate the track from both your library and Apple’s servers, such that you might not be able to get the track back.

Instead, Apple says, you should control-click and choose “Remove Download” for all tracks that were incorrectly downloaded as Apple Music. Then control-click again and choose “Make Available Offline” to re-download them correctly, without DRM.

This non-intuitive system for fixing tracks could mess up your music library. Even though iTunes 12.2.1 labels them as “Matched” or “Purchased,” files you previously downloaded with a status of “Apple Music” are still locked with FairPlay 2 DRM. If you select them and hit the Delete Song button above, the tracks will be removed from your library, and seemingly from iTunes in the Cloud, as well. After deleting a test file that was DRM-locked by Apple Music, we found that iTunes 12.2.1 refused to allow the downloaded file to be returned to the iTunes library, or even to play it at all. The easiest way to avoid this is to follow the support document’s procedure carefully to avoid losing some of your Matched and Purchased music.

Thankfully, if you accidentally delete some of your iTunes Store-purchased music from the iCloud Music Library, you can recover it with a workaround. Go into your iTunes Account > Account Info > iTunes in the Cloud > Hidden Purchases > Manage. You should find accidentally deleted songs and albums there. Unhide them… but this doesn’t seem to be enough to let you redownload them. In our test, deleted but unhidden tracks didn’t re-appear in the iCloud Music Library.


So go into iTunes Preferences, uncheck iCloud Music Library, and hit OK. You’ll see your library of on-computer and iTunes purchased content, including files deleted from the iCloud Music Library. Hit the cloud download button to restore your accidentally deleted songs. Then go back into iTunes Preferences, turn iCloud Music Library back on, and hit OK. Your deleted tracks will be reunited with your library, and downloads will be free of iTunes Music’s FairPlay DRM.

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More about DRM & How to Remove DRM from iTunes Media Content

As DRM is so annoying, many of you who have a lot of media files got from iTunes may in urgent need to find a way to get rid of the DRM for good. Here we will introduce you some top-leading iTunes DRM removal tools in the market to help you bypass FairPlay DRM once and for all.

Remove DRM from iTunes M4V Movies/TV Shows

To remove DRM protection from movies and TV shows on iTunes store, TunesKit DRM M4V Converter (Mac & Windows) could be the best option. It’s able to not only strip DRM from iTunes movie rentals and purchases, but also convert the DRM-ed M4V files to DRM-free MP4 at 20x super fast speed. Besides, it can also keep the original AC3 5.1 audio, subtitles as well as video resolution. By using this smart iTunes M4V Converter, you can easily enjoy any iTunes video on multiple media players and devices as you like.

Remove DRM from iTunes & Audible Audiobooks

If you have bought many audiobooks from iTunes and Audible store, you can use TunesKit DRM Audiobook Converter (Mac & Windows) to convert the DRM-protected M4B, AA, AAX, M4A audiobook files to unprotected MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, M4A at 30x faster without quality loss. With the help of TunesKit Audiobook Converter, you can import the iTunes and Audible audiobooks to any MP3 players for listening.

Remove DRM from iTunes M4P Music Files

For iTunes music files with DRM protection, you are suggested to get rid of the DRM with the help of Aimersoft DRM Media Converter for Windows. It can not only convert DRM-ed iTunes M4P music files, but also work on any other DRM-ed audio and video formats.

What New Features of iTunes 12.2 You Should Know

itunes 12.2 Apple released iTunes 12.2 yesterday, along with updates to iOS and OS X. The marquee feature in the new version of iTunes, as well as iOS 8.4, is Apple Music. But there’s more to iTunes 12.2 than just Apple Music and Beats Radio. Here’s a look at what’s new in the latest update to iTunes.

On the surface

The biggest change to iTunes is the new icon. After changing to red just last year, Apple moves to a multicolored icon. It probably won’t affect the way you use iTunes, but you will have to think twice for a while when you look for its icon in the Dock or application switcher. The iTunes navigation bar, at the center of the window, has changed. It’s added a few new buttons for Apple Music.

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The iTunes navigation bar.

For You brings you to recommended playlists and albums; New shows you, well, new music you can stream; Radio includes iTunes Radio and Beats 1; and Connect is the gateway to Apple Music Connect, the social part of Apple Music. You can also search for music to stream from the Search field at the top-right of the iTunes window. Click Apple Music to search for tunes to stream, or click My Library to search your own music.

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Search your library, or the Apple Music streaming library.

iTunes Radio stations have been demoted. When you click the Radio button in the navigation bar, Apple really wants you to listen to Beats 1 radio. If you created radio stations before, you need to click Recently Played to see those stations, which are mixed in with any Apple radio stations that you’ve listened to. iTunes 12.2 also brings some minor cosmetic changes, such as colored banners above playlists, and some slightly different buttons, but fortunately, Apple didn’t make any drastic changes to the interface. After all, iTunes 12, which was a major refresh, was only released last fall.

Under the hood

If you choose iTunes > Preferences and click General, you’ll see that there are a couple of options that deal with Apple Music and iCloud Music Library (you only see the latter if you’re signed into your iTunes Store account). If you don’t plan to use Apple Music, you can turn it off here, and you won’t see it in the iTunes navigation bar. There’s also a new Ratings option. You can now use both traditional star ratings along with the new “Loves,” which are available in the iOS Music app. You can use one or the other, or both.

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iTunes’s General preferences.

Love ratings are a good idea. Asking around today, I found that most people only use one rating anyway; generally five stars for the songs they like. I actually use both four- and five-star ratings, the former for songs I like, and the latter for songs I love. But this new rating system makes things a lot simpler for many users. You can also use Loved as a criterion for smart playlists, so you can make a playlist to group all the songs you’ve applied this rating to. Since you can only apply loves to songs you stream through Apple Music, you may find this to be very useful.

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You can make a smart playlist for all your Loved songs.

The Store preferences add some options to let you choose whether, following the first time you enter an iTunes Store password, you need to enter the password again. There are settings for purchases and for free downloads.

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The Store preferences in iTunes.

And if you want to hide Apple Music Connect, go to the Parental pane of the iTunes Preferences, and, in the Disable section, check Apple Music Connect.


How to Remove DRM from Movies Purchased/Rented from iTunes 12.2

Since the iTunes was upgraded to the 12.2 now, many of TunesKit users are wondering whether it’s compatible with the latest iTunes update. For Mac users, you don’t need to worry about this problem because TunesKit DRM M4V Converter for Mac fully supports iTunes 12.2 in removing DRM from iTunes movies and TV shows downloaded from the latest version. But for Windows users, please be kindly note that TunesKit for Windows is not compatible with iTunes 12.1 or above. You’ll have to follow this tutorial: to downgrade iTunes 12.2 to previous 12.0.1 in order to use the program properly. And we will work hard on this issue and will let you know once it’s fully compatible with the latest iTunes 12.2.