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How to re-encode protected iTunes video & audio files so that you can add them to Zune software or Xbox Music

Posted by Edwin Smith to DRM Removal Solution
on October 3, 2012

Like Apple’s iTunes store, the Zune is Microsoft’s proprietary digital media store and let people use the Zune software to organize their media files in its collection, play media files and sync with Zune player hardware, Windows Phone, Xbox 360 game console etc. In Oct. 2012, Microsoft launched its new digital media services under the “Xbox Music” brand for its line of products including Windows 8 PCs, Surface tablets, Windows Phone 8 and Xbox 360 game console. However people still can continue using the Zune software if they like.


Importing music and videos from iTunes library to Zune collection or Xbox Music is not complicated, and I have written a brief guide on how to do this at the end of this article. However, there is a problem that you can not transfer songs(.m4p) purchased before the year 2009, audiobooks(.m4b) and movies(.m4v) from iTunes to Zune or Xbox Music because of a lock Apple is forced to put on the files named “FairPlay”. You will need to strip the DRM protection first. Here’s how:


Step One: Download and install the iSksoft DRM removal. This program strips out the DRM encryption from M4V/M4P/M4B files encrypted with Apple’s “FairPlay” and WMV/WMA files encrypted with Microsoft’s “PlayForSure”. Its working principle is to re-encode to DRM-protected file format to open, plain file format directly. Simple and crude but rapid and effective, here is a detailed review about the iSkysoft DRM Removal.


Step Two. Import your protected iTunes video & audio files. Open up the program. Once its main screen pops up, click “Add” to import the protected video & audio files. Notice that you must authorize your computer before importing, otherwise the program will not work on the protected media files.



Step Three: Choose output format setting. Generally, the purpose of adding videos & audios from iTunes to Zune software or Xbox Music is to sync with a Zune/Zune HD device, Windows 7/8 phone or tablet,, or Xbox 360. So, at this step you need to choose a correct file format according to your device’s media playback requirment. Notably, the program offers optimized output presets for Zune/Zune HD device, Xbox 360 and a number of Windows phones, you can directly select the preset as output format if your device is one of them.


Step Four: Re-encode the protected files. Once everything’s set up, hit “Start” and start re-encoding the protected video or audio files. In a cup of coffee time, you will get video or audio files without DRM copy protection.


P.s. How to import songs and videos from iTunes to Zune software


1: Open up iTunes program.
2: Click on Edit, Preferences, Advanced. Then, you will find your iTune media folder location. The default location is C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\My Documents\My Music\iTunes\iTunes Media.
3: Open up Zune software.
4: Click Settings at the top of your screen, click Software in the upper-left corner of the screen, and then click Collection in the list at the left.
5: Click Manage (or Add folders) next to the type of media you want to add, find your iTunes media folder on computer, click Add, and then click OK.
6: The Zune software will add the media files from your iTunes folder to Zune collection automatically.


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