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How to Convert iTunes DRM Protected M4V Videos to MP4 | Windows 10 & iTunes 12.9

To make DRM-ed M4V videos purchased from iTunes Store playable on unauthorized Apple or non-Apple devices, you need to follow this iTunes to MP4 guide.

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Note: This tutorial only goes for converting purchased iTunes videos to MP4, but not for the rented. And we does not advocate doing so for any commercial purpose.

If you have an iPhone, iPad, Mac or any other smart products from Apple, you must have purchased and will continue to buy some hot or favored movie/TV show/music videos from iTunes Store more or less, like War for the Planet of the Apes, The Flash, and Look What You Made. Because iTunes Store this year will extend its movie support from SD, HD to trendy 4K, HDR or Dolby Vision. Currently, any movies except 4K ones can be downloaded for offline enjoyment. However, the built-in copy protection of iTunes (M4V) videos limits their playback devices! And that's exactly FairPlay DRM (digital rights management) tech developed by Apple itself.

How Does FairPlay DRM Restrict the Playback of iTunes Videos?

Apple puts FairPlay into general MP4 video clips and outputs special M4V files with encrypted AAC audio layer on iTunes Store, only giving authorized computer (5 at most) and iDevices with the same account logged in permission to play the (purchased/downloaded) copyrighted movies, TVs or MVs. >> How to Authorize PC/Mac in iTunes

So, when you try to play iTunes movies on any unauthorized computer/iDevice, media player or even non-iOS facilities like Android & Windows (10/8) mobiles, smart TVs, Chromecast and PSP/Xbox gaming consoles, it must disappoint you with an absolute failure.

iTunes to MP4 Windows

Best iTunes M4V to MP4 Converter

WinX MediaTrans, as a desktop iTunes DRM removal tool, can help you liberate your iTunes purchased videos stored both on iPhone iPad and local iTunes library easily, converting any SD/HD iTunes movies, TV episodes, music videos to MP4 (H.264) for watching anywhere anytime!

Supported Computer: Windows 10 (32 & 64bit), Windows 8/7/vista (32 & 64bit), etc.
Supported iDevice: Any iPhone, iPad, iPod touch running iOS 7-12
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iTunes to MP4 Breaks Through All Restraints: With higher compression and compatibility, MP4 (H.264) has prevailed over all the other formats for years for both online streaming and offline digital media transporting. Now that iTunes M4V is a special format of MP4, it's surely possible to convert protected M4V to DRM-free MP4.

How to Convert iTunes to MP4 on Windows (10) with WinX MediaTrans

To begin with, you're recommended to free download .exe package of WinX MedaiTrans on your Windows PC, and run it to finish the setup following the wizard. Then launch it to standby.

Note: We here just show you how to release M4V from DRM into MP4 on Windows, and Mac guide shares the same workflow. And the default path for output MP4 items are located in C:\Users\xx\Videos\MediaTrans. If you prefer other destination folder, just reset it under Settings in advance.

iOS iTunes Movies to MP4

1. Guide on How to Convert iTunes M4V Video on iOS to MP4

Step 1. Connect your iDevice like iPhone X to computer rightly with official cable. And WinX MediaTrans will recognize it with device information shown on the interface.

Step 2. Click "Video Manager" module to access to another exclusive window with all of your iOS videos listed. Select one or more iTunes purchased videos with "DRM locked" sign you'd like to transfer to MP4.

Step 3. Tap "Export" button on the top left, and a smaller encrypted video list window would pop up, where you need to click "Decode" to start the iTunes to MP4 conversion.

2. Guide on How to Convert iTunes M4V Video on Computer to MP4

iTunes Library Video to MP4

To make any iTunes downloaded videos from iTunes Library stored on your PC free of DRM, the first thing is to make sure "Share iTunes Library XML with other applications" option under iTunes -> Edit -> Preferences -> Advanced is ticked, allowing iTunes to MP4 converter to read and load DRM-ed files smoothly.

Step 1. Operate "Remove DRM" feature of WinX MediaTrans.

Step 2. Click "Add File" button to select iTunes M4V movie(s) with red DRM label, and click "OK".

Step 3. When the video content is fully added here, click "Remove" to convert encrypted videos from iTunes Library to MP4 at once. During the decoding process, iTunes must keep closing. Thanks to the support for hardware acceleration, WinX MediaTrans can accomplish this iTunes to MP4 conversion mission quite fast.

As a full-fledged iPhone file manager, WinX MediaTrans is not only perfect for you to manage and transfer iTunes movies, music, audio books and podcasts, but also helpful for two-way syncing photos intelligently. Better still, it can act as an USB driver to mount iPhone/iPad as a USB flash drive for taking whatever files along.

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