How to delete the FairPlay with Apple Music Converter

What it means

FairPlay is a digital rights management (DRM) technology created by Apple Inc., based on technology created by the company Veridisc. FairPlay is built into the QuickTime multimedia software and used by the iPhone, iPod, iPad, Apple TV, iTunes, iTunes Store and the App Store. Formerly, all songs in the iTunes Store were encoded with FairPlay. Apple later started offering a selection of songs, that after an additional 30 cents per song is charged, could be downloaded FairPlay-free. Apple no longer sells individual songs or albums with FairPlay encryption from the iTunes store.

However, all the apps downloaded from the iTunes store and Apple Music subscription songs saved for offline listening are still encrypted with FairPlay. FairPlay digitally encrypts AAC audio files and prevents users from playing these files on unauthorized computers.

How it works

The majority of FairPlay-encrypted content is purchased through the iTunes Store, using the iTunes software. The iTunes software relies on Apple's QuickTime multimedia software for decoding and playback of the encrypted files. Every media player capable of using QuickTime is capable of playing back FairPlay-encrypted files, including RealPlayer, JRiver Media Center, Media Player Classic and Songbird.

FairPlay-protected files are regular MP4 container files with an encrypted AAC audio stream. The audio stream is encrypted using the AES algorithm in combination with MD5 hashes. The master key required to decrypt the encrypted audio stream is also stored in encrypted form in the MP4 container file. The key required to decrypt the master key is called the "user key".

Why we need to remove the DRM limitation

To the Audio tracks of iTunes, users can only play them on up to five (originally three) authorized computers simultaneously.

If you want to copy them to CD, it supports up to seven times (originally ten times) before the playlist must be changed, even the playlist contains a FairPlay-encrypted track.

In addition, FairPlay prevents iTunes customers from using the purchased music directly on any portable digital music player other than the Apple iPod, Motorola ROKR E1, Motorola SLVR, Motorola RAZR V3i, the iPhone and the iPad.

How to encrypt the FairPlay

Here you need to ask Macsome iTunes Converter for help.

Macsome iTunes Converter provides kinds of functions to converting iTunes Music and Audio tracks, Audio Books, Apple Music with up to 10x conversion speed and as well as CD output quality.

The whole iTunes Converter's user interface is very simple, you can get the all tips quickly. Just click "Add, Set, Convert" to finish the process to encrypt the FairPlay in a minute.

Steps to use iTunes Converter to encrypt FairPlay

First, go to download and install the iTunes Converter on your PC, run it.

If you are a Mac user, please download the iTunes Converter for Mac version.

iTunes Converter user interface

Second, click the Add button, you can choose the different iTunes library to add the audio files to convert.

Add Audio tracks

And select the file you want to convert, click OK, and then all files you selected will be listed on the main window.

Third, click Setting button to set the output format and output path before the conversion as your need.

Set MP3 as the output format

Finally, click the Convert button to start converting.

Converting audio tracks

Now when it finished the conversion, you have removed and encrypted the FairPlay from the purchased Audio tracks and you can play the unprotected MP3 / AAC music songs wherever as you like.