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FairGame strips iTunes DRM with iMovie

updated 06:10 pm EDT, Fri October 27, 2006

FairGame strips iTunes DRM

Seidai Software has released FairGame, an application designed to convert songs purchased from Apple's iTunes Music Store to an unprotected format. FairGame uses iTunes' default encoder, keeping all the original metadata, lyrics, and artwork intact. The process takes 2 minutes and 42 seconds to convert a 4-minute song to AAC on a MacBook Pro 2.16GHz, according to Seidai. Users must enable "Access for assistive devices" in the "Universal Access" system preference and select "Place clip in Movie Timeline" in the "Import" preference of iMovie HD. Following those two steps users can select songs in iTunes, click on the "Process songs" button, and wait for FairGame to complete its tasks. FairGame is available for free as a digital download, and is known to work on Mac OS X 10.4.8 with iMovie HD 6.0.3, and iTunes 7.0.1 installed.

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  1. Horsepoo!!!

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Also song DRM stripped when burnt to CD and at eleven!

  1. Hobeaux

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: news at eleven

    yes, burning a CD does strip the DRM but I think it also loses all the good stuff -- art and whatnot. (haven't tested it personally, but there you go)

  1. technocoy

    Joined: Dec 1969



    does anyone know if this compresses the file again? that would kinda defeat the whole point... we need DRM strippers that retain the bit quality.

  1. goatman

    Joined: Dec 1969



    We get to kill the music industry. I didn't want them to sign any new bands anyway.

  1. Neo.cmg

    Joined: Dec 1969


    This is Not The....

    ...Application You're Looking For. *waves hand*

    Yes, this is just an application written to automate a well-known loop-hole in iMovie. The iTMS tracks are being re-encoded, thus further downgrading the tracks audio quality by re-compressing an already compressed file.

    The only benefits it provides over ripping, burning, and re-importing your tracks is the aforementioned metadata and album art are kept in-tact and a GUI to help batch-process large numbers of tracks.

    Wake me up when DVD Jon's DRM stripping hack is leaked into the wild...

  1. ptkdude

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Gave it a try...

    ... it converts to 96 kbs MP3 MONO sound. While there may be a way to change that, I couldn't find it. Sorry, but this one's not for me.

  1. aledbrown

    Joined: Dec 1969


    it works fine

    Follow the instructions. It re-encodes the song to whatever your iTunes import settings are.

    I had to clean up my desktop before it would work. Just put the junk into a folder.

    G5 Dual 2GHz, 4GB, 10.4.8.

  1. horvatic

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The instructions aren't

    The instructions are not clear. Place clip in movie timeline in the Import pref of iMovie HD? What the h*** does that mean? What clip? Import doesn't select or say import pref of iMovie timeline. To confusing if you ask me and if it encodes in mono forget about it.

  1. BDLatimer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    instructions ARE clear

    horvatic: Um, just like it says - go to the "Import" preferences area in iMovie HD, and select "Place clips in: Movie Timeline" (vs. "Clips Pane"). Pretty straightforward, it seems to me. You are running iMovie HD v 6.x (as it states as compatible), right?

    That being said, as others have stated, this is an automated approach to the known-for-quite-some-time workaround for stripping DRM from such imports. The results aren't exactly spectacular (96 kbps MONO?? Wow, that's horrible), so I doubt most people are going to be happy with the results.

    I'll just wait on iTV for entertainment system automation - since why else would I need to strip DRM? Portable players? C'mon, the new iPod shuffle is $79. Computer playback? 5 computers is more than enough to allow me to play a given song on ANY system I want. Yes, there are those who say "DRM is evil", but until we eliminate the music publishers entirely, it's a very necessary evil. Hacks such as this are awkward at best, and destructive at worst.

    Just say "No".

  1. ERG

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Completely agreed!

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