Ask the Answer Guy – How Can I Get More Freedom to Copy and Play My Music Files On Different Devices?

When you buy music downloads, it's hard to copy your files into other devices because of the Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology that comes embedded in iTunes, Urge, and other downloaded media. It's there to protect copyrighted material, but it often penalizes legitimate buyers who paid for the content. For example, playing purchased music from iTunes on Windows Media Player is not possible without removing the DRM.

It's illegal to crack the encryption code although you can find apps that will do this, but you can legally strip DRM from your files by making new files without the DRM.

Start by creating a new playlist with all the songs you want to rip. Use the Burn Disk function to copy your files to audio-CD format from iTunes or Windows Media Player.

Next, move the original, purchased songs to a different folder in Windows Explorer. Finally, insert your CD and click Import CD to copy the songs back into iTunes or whatever application you want to use. You should now have copies of all your files, free of DRM.

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