How do I record and copy purchased and rental DRM-protected video from iTunes?

Vivien Lu August 27, 2012

All the rental iTunes videos are protected by the DRM and in M4V protected format. But I want to enjoy movies & TV shows from iTunes store on my PC or other devices without any time limitations or DRM protection. Can anyone recommend me a good video recorder?

  1. Grace
    September 3, 2012 at 7:17 am

    Maybe Any Video Recorder is just the perfect one you are looking for, just try it to help you record iTunes videos.

  2. Shirley
    August 30, 2012 at 5:38 am

    Why not try Noteburner:

  3. CarmenQing
    August 29, 2012 at 8:21 am

    You can try Any Video Recorder, which could record iTunes videos into MP4 format, and it is a freeware.

  4. Kannon Y
    August 28, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    There's nothing illegal about backing up media you've already purchased. Or perhaps my understanding of the law regarding your right to copies and backups is flawed?

    The easiest method to my knowledge of backing up your legally purchased copies of movies/media is through using a personal video recorder. Because they basically capture the data as it displays itself on your screen, it does an end-run around complex and burdensome DRM.

    There are some relatively expensive units from Hauppage:

    And then there are some other devices that require some knowledge of computer installation:

  5. Alan Wade
    August 27, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    I dont know for sure but are pretty certain it is against MUO policy to help you commit a blatent illegal copywrite infringment.

  6. i0ni
    August 27, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Download them from torrent. Same thing.

  7. ryoga hibiki
    August 27, 2012 at 10:29 am

    A workaround that has worked for me in the past is Any Video Converter Ultimate. It takes some practice to get the best results from it, since it's more a screen+sound capture solution, but an option nonetheless.

  8. Albee
    August 27, 2012 at 8:19 am

    To remove iTunes DRM protection, a perfect DRM removal tool is inevitable. Any Video Recorder is absolutely the best solution to record EVERY DRM-protected iTunes movies & TV shows.

    But you can only use it for private-use-only.

  9. ha14
    August 27, 2012 at 8:07 am

    there some video converter software that do convert M4V. But you can also record your M4V video while playing to another forma like AVI

  10. Bruce Epper
    August 27, 2012 at 8:02 am

    You do realize that removing these protections is illegal and if Apple finds out you are doing it, they are legally bound by the DMCA (and the iTunes terms of service) to disallow your use of their service, right?

    • April Eum
      August 27, 2012 at 8:10 am

      right! haha, you might as well just torrent the movie in HD, either way what you're trying to do is illegal

    • Vivien Lu
      August 27, 2012 at 8:27 am

      I just want to watch the videos I purchased on iTunes on my Android Tablet when I'm on the train. Is it also illegal to enjoy the video I have purchased? The DRM M4V format can not be played on my Android Tablet. I just want to remove the DRM and use it for private-use-only. I will not share it with others.

      • isabellefloyd
        August 29, 2012 at 4:56 pm

        With laws the way they currently are, yes, it is illegal to enjoy content you purchased... Even if it is for private-use-only, removing DRM protection is illegal. Apple doesn't give a damn if you can't read your videos on a non-Apple product... and is punishing you for being so honest. Just torrent!
        About the subject, you could read Cory Doctorow's "Content".

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