How To Remove DRM, And What Is DRM…

Online music subscribers or users will definitely have questions on how to remove DRM from the online music they have purchased or streamed. Before moving to talk about how to remove DRM, first we need to know what DRM is and how the music industries use it to control the access or subscription.

Digital Rights Management (DRM) is a term which used to refer to access control technologies that limits the usage of digital media or devices by copy right holders or providers. And DRM is usually widely applied to creative media such as music, film, and movies.

In the analog technology time, with each copy generation, the quality of the file will tend to decrease. Thus, the concern on copy rights or piracy was not that huge at that time. With digital media, it allows you to duplicate unlimited copies without losing the quality. And with the invention of PC, internet and file sharing softwares, it has made the copy process simpler.

In order to protect their profit and copyrights, the entertainment industry such as film and music, and even e-book publishers have enforced or adopted some DRM technologies. iTunes Store from Apple Inc applies FairPlay DRM which only allows iPod or computers with iTunes or Quick Time installed to play the files. Where, Napster applies DRM to control the subscription and music streaming from users.

However, some online stores such as eMusic, Audio Lunchbox and Anthology recordings do not use DRM. And lots of major labels have started to release DRM from their music in order to attract more customers.

There are some methods to bypass DRM control on audio and video content. One simple method is to burn the music into CD and copy it into a DRM free file. However, you would need to expect some lose in quality. There are some softwares written such as QTFairUse and MyFairTunes for iTunes, RipIt4Me for DVDs, and FairUse4WM for PlaysForSure, are capable to intercept the data stream as it is decrypted out of the DRM restricted file, and then construct a DRM free file.