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    I Tunes Protection Software

    I heard that I Tunes has announced that they will remove the protection software from their music downloads. Does anyone know when this will take place?

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    It's been happening for awhile and has probably already happened with some of the songs you've purchased. If in iTunes plus, you have the opportunity to pay 0.30 extra per track or 1/3 the cost of the album to remove DRM, that's what they're talking about. This is not available for everything yet, but that's coming soon.

    BTW, if you buy the songs without DRM (or pay to have it removed), it will still store the files as those m4p files which other programs don't read. However, you can convert them to mp3 in iTunes -- this cannot be done with DRM protected tracks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by banerjek View Post
    It's been happening for awhile and has probably already happened with some of the songs you've purchased. If in iTunes plus, you have the opportunity to pay 0.30 extra per track or 1/3 the cost of the album to remove DRM, that's what they're talking about. This is not available for everything yet, but that's coming soon.

    BTW, if you buy the songs without DRM (or pay to have it removed), it will still store the files as those m4p files which other programs don't read. However, you can convert them to mp3 in iTunes -- this cannot be done with DRM protected tracks.
    I am thinking about oldies songs. I made a list of about 200 or so songs that I would like to make a compilation for myself. So its not albums but just singles. But if its protected somehow, then I feel that I cannot convert to WMA files to burn on a CD. Is this true?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garfield Cat View Post
    I am thinking about oldies songs. I made a list of about 200 or so songs that I would like to make a compilation for myself. So its not albums but just singles. But if its protected somehow, then I feel that I cannot convert to WMA files to burn on a CD. Is this true?
    Songs downloaded from itunes music store are stored in AAC format (basically the successor to mp3). You can burn any set of songs to a cd, including protected AAC files. Itunes will convert them to mp3 automatically. You will lose some quality because of the lossy to lossy conversion. However, itunes will not convert to wmv unless if frozen pigs fly in hell (or something like that).

    If you have protected AAC files, there are basically three options to remove the protection:
    1. Burn the song to a cd and incur the quality loss (and waste a cd if you didn't want a cd of mp3s)
    2. Pay $0.30 to get an unprotected, higher quality file if/when it becomes available
    3. Use fairplay to remove the protection (google is your friend).

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