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/.

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.

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?

Requiem 4.1 Guide – How to Remove DRM from iTunes Movies

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You may have heard of Requiem if you are looking for the best freeware to unlock DRM encryption from iTunes movies. Yes, we are discussing this special app here to help you understand it better in how it works in removing DRM from iTunes movies.

First of all, you should be aware of the fact that due to the copyright policy, Requiem lost the war with Apple after the release of iTunes 11. That’s to say, if you want to use Requiem, you have to make sure you have iTunes 10.7 or lower. Otherwise it won’t work any more.

The steps to remove DRM from iTunes media with Requiem is easy enough:
1. Download latest Requiem 4.1: Requiem 4.1 for Windows Requiem 4.1 for Mac
2. Run Requiem: Double-click on the Requiem application to launch it on your computer. It will automatically find DRMed files in your iTunes library. You can also drag & drop files or directories (which will be searched recursively) onto the Requiem application or the Requiem window. Starting Requiem with the shift key down will disable scanning of the iTunes library.
3. Remove DRM:
 Then Requiem will remove the DRM of iTunes content automatically. The original DRMed files will be moved to the trash. Make sure you verify that the songs and videos still work before emptying the trash.

 
If you are however using most up-to-date iTunes now, don’t worry. There are some alternatives to Requiem for iTunes DRM removal. One of the best replacements is TunesKit DRM M4V Converter. For more details about Requiem and its best replacement, please visit the source page here: Requiem 4 1 Download – Remove DRM from iTunes Movies.

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

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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 >>

Original source: http://www.tuneskit.com/drm-basics/howto-remove-drm-from-itunes.html

 

TunesKit DRM Audible Converter Full Review – Remove DRM from Audible

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If you are looking for a solution to free you from the DRM restriction of Audible audiobooks, then you should take a look at the newly released Audible DRM removal tool from TunesKit Studio called Audible Converter. As the name suggests, it’s an exclusively developed application for Audible audiobooks only. Here in this review, we’ll discuss the key features of this Audible DRM cracker and the performance on how it works when removing DRM from Audible audiobooks in details.

What is TunesKit DRM Audible Converter

Generally speaking, TunesKit Audible Converter is an innovative and smart DRM removal solution specially designed to bypass DRM protection from audiobooks we purchased and downloaded from Audible.com while converting the DRM-encrypted Audible audiobooks from AAX or AA format to non-DRM-protected MP3, M4A, WAV, WMA, FLAC, AAC, AC3, OGG, etc. with original metadata and chapters info preserved so that we can get full control of the Audible audiobooks by transferring the converted DRM-free books to any media player or device freely, such as iPod, Zune, Creative Zen, Sony Walkman, iRiver, etc.

System Requirements

TunesKit Audible Converter has both Windows and Mac versions. It’s fully compatible with all Windows OS, including the Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8 and the latest Windows 10. As for TunesKit Audible Converter for Mac, it works perfectly on the most recent macOS 10.12 Sierra, as well as the Mac OS X 10.11, 10.10, 10.9 and 10.8.

User Interface

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Like the other DRM removal products developed by TunesKit Studio, this new Audible Converter is well designed with intuitive user interface that everyone could handle it easily. There are no redundant buttons or texts but only a few tidy icons which make the command straightforward and easily to understand.

Price & License

TunesKit Audible Converter for Mac (Windows) is sold at $29.95. Users are provided with free trial version of the program to test it out before buying. The limit of the trial version is that it only converts the first 1/3 content of each book. To unlock the app and convert the whole audiobook, users should pay $29.95 to get the full version.

How It Works to Convert Audible Audiobooks

Conversion Model

We call TunesKit Audible Converter innovative and special because it uses different conversion approach to strip off DRM from Audible audiobooks. Unlike the other DRM audiobook converters in the market, even including TunesKit’s existing Audiobook Converter, this new Audible converter app no longer requires iTunes to download and authenticate the audiobooks. Instead, it works straight from the Audible files downloaded to your computer. That’s to say, removing DRM from Audible will be as simple as dragging the downloaded audiobooks to the converter without needing to install extra software, such as iTunes.

Conversion Process

The conversion can’t be simpler. To remove DRM from an Audible audiobook, it only needs three clicks: add the book, set output format, and convert. To make it more specifically, let’s take TunesKit Audible Converter for Windows as an example to see how it performs in converting the DRM-ed Audile book to DRM-free formats.

Firstly, it provides two options to add the audiobooks either by clicking “Add Files” button or by dragging the books to the conversion window. And of course, it supports batch conversion so that we are allowed to add as many audiobooks as we want to convert once.

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Then the imported audiobooks will be listed on the main interface of TunesKit Audible Converter, displaying book title, author, time length, etc. We can edit the book title by moving the cursor to it and clicking the “edit” icon. The other bigger “edit” icon next to the book info can be used to split the large audiobook file into different small segments by time or by chapters.

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Now we move to the next step, that’s to set the output format for the audiobook. Currently TunesKit Audible Converter supports almost all popular audio formats, including MP3, M4A, AAC, AC3, OGG, WAV, WMA, M4B, AIFF, APE, M4R, MKA, AU, etc. To choose the target format, simply click the Format field at the bottom left of the converter. You can also customize the parameters, like codec, audio channel, sample rate, bit rate, etc. of those formats according to your own needs. And if you want the audiobook after conversion keeps the same audio quality as the original book, you should select the output format as “lossless” and it will generate the DRM-free audiobook by retaining the same audio codec, bit rate, channel as the original one. By the way, it also works the fastest under “lossless” setting.

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Once all output settings are adjusted properly, we can begin to convert the DRM Audible audiobooks. All we need to do is click the “Convert” button at the bottom right of TunesKit Audible Converter interface and the books would be converted one by one in a few minutes only.

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Conversion Speed & Quality

As we mentioned before, since this smart Audible audiobook converter doesn’t need to work together with iTunes or other apps, it will convert the hours-long DRM Audible audiobooks within a few seconds at up to 100X super faster speed. For example, a 7-hour long Audible AAX audiobook could be converted to DRM-free format in 5 seconds or so when the output format is set to be lossless. Moreover, the output quality will be as excellent as the original book. Take a look at the snapshots of the properties of original audiobook and converted one and you’ll see there’s no quality loss at all.

Original Audible audiobook:

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Converted DRM-free book:

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Conclusion

After a thorough testing of TunesKit DRM Audible Audiobook Converter, we can see the conversion is smoother and faster than any other common Audible converters. It removes DRM protection from Audible AA and AAX audiobooks with ease while producing lossless audio quality. If you are asking whether it’s worthy to buy, the answer would definitely be positive. So what are you waiting for?

Pros:

  • Extremely easy and simple user face
  • Up to 100X super faster conversion speed
  • Work straightforward and no need of extra app, like iTunes
  • Losslessly remove DRM from Audible audiobooks
  • Split audiobook into small segments
  • Preserve all metadata info
  • Support a great amount of all popular output audio formats

 

Cons:

  • Doesn’t support Mac OS X 10.7 or lower

View original source: http://www.tuneskit.com/reviews/audible-converter-review-remove-drm-audible.html

 

TunesKit M4V Converter Full Review – Best Tool to Remove DRM from iTunes

iTunes FairPlay DRM copy protection makes us impossible to play purchased iTunes movies or TV shows on non-Apple devices unless we get rid of the DRM lock from the protected videos by using third-party iTunes DRM removal tools. When talking about the top-leading iTunes DRM remover, you can’t miss TunesKit DRM M4V Converter, a standout powerful DRM removal software and iTunes video converter developed to bypass DRM restriction from iTunes M4V rentals and purchases while converting the DRM-protected M4V videos tolossless MP4, M4V, and other common DRM-free video formats. It could be one of the best and fastest iTunes DRM M4V video converter tools currently in the market.

Here we’ll give TunesKit DRM M4V Converter for Mac a full review on how it performs to remove DRM from iTunes videos step by step and from different parts, including the user interface, conversion, output quality, etc.

Getting Started – Introduction to TunesKit DRM M4V Converter

System Requirements

This smart DRM iTunes M4V converter is available in both Mac and Windows versions. It’s fully compatible with Mac OS X 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, 10.11 as well as the most up-to-date macOS 10.12 Sierra, while the Windows version of TunesKit DRM Media Converter works perfectly on all Windows OS including XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8 and Win 10. Till the time when we writing this review, it completely supports the latest iTunes 12.5.3 as well.

User Interface

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First of all, the user interface of TunesKit iTunes M4V Converter for Mac is well designed with simple and neat buttons. It’s easy to understand and operate even for beginners who are non-technical to computers. Overall, the clean appearance makes using this iTunes DRM cracker for Mac intuitive and easy to use than any other similar iTunes DRM removal tools.

Converting iTunes M4V Videos

Conversion Process

As an all-in-one FairPlay DRM killer, TunesKit iTunes M4V Converter is able to completely unlock DRM restriction from both iTunes M4V movie rentals and purchases. It’s supposed to strip DRM from iTunes videos by convert the M4V files to non-DRM media formats, such as lossless MP4, M4V, HD MP4, MKV, MOV, AVI, WMV, FLV, MP3, AAC, WAV, etc. It works at up to 30X super faster speed while preserving all subtitles and audio tracks in output media files. Now let’s take a look at how to use TunesKit DRM M4V Converter for Mac to convert DRM-ed iTunes M4V to DRM-free formats.

The whole process to remove DRM from iTunes with TunesKit is combined with three simple steps only: adding files, adjusting output settings, and converting the iTunes videos. After launching TunesKit DRM M4V Converter for Mac, it will launch iTunes automatically and hide iTunes in the task bar. It provides users two ways to add iTunes movies to convert. We can just click “Add Files” button in the top center, then a window will pop up from which we can see a list of all iTunes movie files. Here we can choose the movies or TV shows we want to convert and click OK to load them into TunesKit conversion window. The other method to add iTunes M4V videos to TunesKit is drag-and-drop.

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Now all movies we need to convert are listed in TunesKit properly with movie title, time length, file size, etc. Before we start to strip the DRM off, we are allowed to customize the settings according to our own needs. By clicking the Audio and Subtitle option next to the movie info, we can choose the target audio tracks and subtitles as we wish. Then we move to the bottom left to select the output format. TunesKit DRM M4V Converter for Mac supports a large number of popular video and audio formats, including MP4, M4V, AVI, MKV, MOV, MPG, FLV, MP3, WMA, WAV, OGG, AAC, and others. In addition, it provides various preset media devices, like Apple devices, Android phones and tablets, etc. Here we pick “lossless MP4” as output since it will keep output quality as the same with original movies by retaining the CC, Dolby 5.1 surround sound, AD track, multilingual subtitles, etc. The last step before start conversion is to choose the output folder by clicking Output option next to the format.

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To start the conversion, simply click the “Convert” button at the bottom right of the program. Then it will begin removing DRM from the iTunes movies and converting the M4V files to lossless MP4 as expected. The progress bar will then display in the cover photo of the movie to show us the conversion status.

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Conversion Speed & Quality

The conversion performance of TunesKit DRM M4V Converter for Mac is excellent as it turns out that the speed is up to 30X possible while at the same time it produces DRM-free MP4 videos in lossless quality. It takes only around 5 minutes to convert a 1 hour and a half movie. What the iTunes video actually looks like after converted? Is it lossless as advertised? To make it clearer, we are putting the screenshots of both original iTunes movie and the converted video together to compare the output quality difference.

Original M4V movie in iTunes:

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Converted iTunes video:

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It’s hard to tell the difference, right? Then how about the subtitle? Is it being kept in the DRM-free video? The following snapshot will answer it:

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Conclusion

TunesKit iTunes M4V Converter is highly recommended if you are frustrated by the restrictions of FairPlay DRM or need a media toolbox to convert the iTunes videos to common media so as to enjoy the iTunes movies on non-Apple devices.

Pros:

  • * Easy-to-use interface
  • * Support iTunes movie purchases and rentals
  • * Good file formats support
  • * Provide lossless output video
  • * Keep CC, AC3 5.1 audio, AD tracks
  • * Very impressive conversion speed

Cons:

  • * Doesn’t support iTunes Extras
  • * Output profiles should be improved

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Original resource: http://www.tuneskit.com/reviews/drm-m4v-converter-review-remove-drm-itunes.html

TunesKit Upgraded DRM M4V Converter for Mac to Support More Output Profiles

Summary

TunesKit Studio releases TunesKit DRM Converter for Mac 3.0.1, an important update to their popular DRM removal solution for OS X. Get full control over the media items you legally purchased from iTunes Store. With this new release, users can easily remove the DRM lock from iTunes videos while converting the protected M4V files to unprotected videos, including MP4, MOV, M4V, AVI, MKV, FLV, as well as MP3, M4A, AAC and other audio formats.

As the industry-leading DRM removal solutions provider, TunesKit Studio recently released a major update of its featured iTunes DRM Media Converter for Mac to v.3.0.1 with more impressive features introduced, including more output media formats, preset profiles of popular devices, re-designed new user interface, etc. Now with the newest version of TunesKit M4V Converter for Mac, users can easily remove DRM lock from iTunes rented and purchased videos while converting the encrypted M4V files to DRM-free MP4, M4V, MOV, AVI, FLV, MPG, and other common video and even audio formats with lossless quality.

Differs from the previous versions that can only convert DRM-ed iTunes movies to lossless DRM-free MP4, the latest release of TunesKit DRM M4V Converter for Mac v.3.0.1 adds full support to more popular output media formats, such as MP4, M4V, MOV, AVI, MKV, MPG, 3GP, FLV, SWF videos, as well as common audios, like MP3, AAC, M4A , etc. It still supports 1080P full HD iTunes movies conversion while keeping the original video quality, AC3 5.1 surround audio, closed captions for lossless MP4 and M4V output. Besides, it allows users to customize the output video and audio parameters, such as the bit rate, codec, size, channel, etc.

The updated TunesKit DRM Media Converter also adds multiple preset output profiles for popular mobile devices, including Apple iPhone 6S, iPhone 6, iPad, iPod, Apple TV, Samsung Galaxy, HTC One, PS4, Xbox 360, Google Nexus, Sony Xperia, and other Android phones or tablets. Thanks to those convenient ready-made profiles, TunesKit users could now transfer the iTunes M4V videos to any media playing devices for watching more easily.

The other big change of the new DRM Media Converter is the brand new user interface. In order to make it more clean and easy-to-use, TunesKit developers re-designed the interface with simpler layout, larger operation window and neat buttons. Any user can handle the software with ease, even for those who are not skillful to computers. It only takes a few clicks to get rid of DRM completely from a protected iTunes video file.

In addition to those major updates, TunesKit DRM Media Converter for Mac also fixed some minor bugs and optimized the product performance as well. Despite of the new benefits, some long existing great features, like the 30X faster conversion speed, and batch conversion are also retained in the new version. With all these stunning features, TunesKit iTunes DRM M4V Converter for Mac is expected to provide users a better DRM removal experience.

Till now, TunesKit DRM M4V Converter for Mac is fully compatible with the latest Mac OS X EI Capitan 10.11.6, 10.10, 10.9 and 10.8 with the latest iTunes v.12.4 installed. And it will get frequent updates to support every new upcoming release of Mac OS and iTunes version.

According to Andres, the product manager of TunesKit, similar update for their Windows version of DRM Media Converter is under progress now and will be launched very soon.

More about TunesKit DRM M4V Converter for Mac

TunesKit for Mac is one of the best iTunes DRM removal tools in the world specially designed to easily and completely remove FairPlay DRM encryption from purchased and rented iTunes movies, TV shows and music videos by converting the protected MPEG-4, well known as M4V, to unprotected media formats, such as MP4, M4V (non-DRM), MOV, AVI, FLV, SWF, MPG, 3GP, MP3, AAC, M4A, etc. with high quality. By adopting an advanced DRM decrypting technology, this smart iTunes DRM cracker is also able to keep the original AC3 5.1 surround audio, closed captions, and multilingual subtitles as you like. It could be the ultimate iTunes DRM removal solution that empowers you get away from FairPlay DRM lock and ever since get full control over the media items you legally purchased from iTunes store.

Crack FairPlay DRM from iBooks with TunesKit iBook Copy

iBooks has made it easy for us to read e-Books on iPad and other Apple devices. However, due to the DRM policy of Apple, the books purchased from iBooks Store, just like the media content downloaded from iTunes, are restricted to be played on Apple’s iOS and Mac only. If you tried to transfer the books from iBooks to other non-Apple platforms, such as Amazon Kindle, etc., you’ll be prompted by the message saying “The books are protected by DRM”, “The book format is not supported”, etc. Now that has become history because of the arrival of TunesKit iBook Copy for Mac, a smart DRM removal tool developed to crack the DRM lock from iBooks ePub files completely and losslessly. We’ll look into this iBooks DRM remover in the following review.

Since it’s an iBook DRM cracker, it will require you install the iBooks app on your Mac in order to make it work properly. Currently it fully supports the latest iBooks app on Mac OS X 10.11, 10.10 and 10.9.

First let’s talk about the interface of TunesKit iBook Copy for Mac. As you can see from the screenshot below, this software was designed in a intuitive way with neat buttons. The simple design of TunesKit iBook Copy makes everyone even newbies to be able to handle it with ease.

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The whole process to remove DRM protection from iBooks only takes two steps. You can add the ebooks to TunesKit either by clicking the “Add Files” button at the top left or by dragging the books from iBooks library. Then you only need to click the “Convert” button to let the DRM removal begin once the books are loaded successfully into TunesKit. Thanks to the advanced DRM decryption core of TunesKit iBook Copy, it will work at 30X faster speed to complete the removal.

One thing to be noted before you launching TunesKit is that you need to make sure the books could play well in iBooks app. Otherwise TunesKit won’t work as expected. In this case, you’ll have to authorize your computer with the iBooks account to open the books before using TunesKit.

The most up-to-date version of iBook Copy is capable of removing DRM from eBooks with .epub as well as .ibooks extensions from iBooks store. Besides, it’s also able to preserve the metadata info of the original books in the output files, including the book author, book cover, publish date, etc.

Many users may wonder whether there’s Windows version of this program. As the iBooks app doesn’t support Windows OS but only OS X, it seems impossible to develop such a product in Windows version currently. But you can also follow their website or Facebook page for any news on it.

The bottom line is simple. TunesKit iBook Copy for Mac is a superb tool for gaining full control of the iBooks files you legally pay for. It’s one of those rare software which you didn’t know you needed all these years. You can find more details about this iBooks DRM killer from the official website: http://www.tuneskit.com/ibook-copy-mac.html.