These days our PCs and portable devices burst with multimedia files, but our movies and music are not always as flexible and available as we'd like. PC Advisor shows you how play iTunes tracks on any device, and rip DVD movies to a media player.

How to play iTunes tracks on any device

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Time: 30 mins

Here's how to make music you bought via iTunes play on any media player.

This Digital Rights Management (DRM)-stripping trick could get you into legal hot water, but it gives you control over songs you rightfully own.

You'll need to use an older version of iTunes (and give up some features), because Apple regularly updates iTunes software so hackers can't remove the DRM. Search online for ‘Old iTunes 7.4.1 download' and ‘myFairTunes7 download'.

If you're already running iTunes, choose Store, Deauthorize Computer and then close the program. Temporarily rename the iTunes folder ‘iTunes Recent'. Uninstall iTunes and then restart the PC.

Install iTunes 7.4.1, myFairTunes7, Visual C++ SP1 and .Net Framework 2.0.

Restart your PC, launch iTunes, import your DRM-loaded songs and play one of them. Enter your iTunes Music Store account information when prompted to do so.

Launch myFairTunes7. Tick the boxes for ‘Preserve RAW AAC Stream' and ‘Enable No Sound Fast Dump'. If you'd like to create MP3 files instead of using the original AAC files, click that box. With the songs selected, click ‘Start Conversion'. The software will take about 15 secs for each song to remove the copy protection.

Go back to iTunes and drag the converted files from iTunes into a new folder on your desktop. The songs should now be playable on any audio device.

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These days our PCs and portable devices burst with multimedia files, but our movies and music are not always as flexible and available as we'd like. PC Advisor shows you how play iTunes tracks on any device, and rip DVD movies to a media player.

How to rip DVD movies to a media player

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Time: 1 hr

DVDs are too big to fit on to your portable media player, but that doesn't mean you should pay again to watch a movie on it.

A multitude of tools can strip out the DRM copy protection that is built into the discs, while other utilities will let you compress movies for portable use.

You can find free tools such as DVD Decryptor to rip the DVD, but most have been abandoned for years and might not work on recently released movies. If those don't work, you can use the $49 AnyDVD.

After installing the software, insert a DVD and right-click the logo in your system tray. ‘Choose Rip Video DVD to Harddisk' and give the program about half an hour, depending on your PC's power, to process the media.

The video can then be processed by any program that reads the .vob and .ifo files used on DVDs. Again, you can find free tools to do this, such as Videora iPod Converter, and these applications tend to work better than the free utilities for stripping out DRM.

For its simplicity, however, you might want to use the £29 Roxio Crunch.

Open the software and choose File, Add Movie. Select the various files you've transferred and click ok. Choose a compression level from the Format
drop-down menu, click Save As and begin the processing. When it's complete, simply transfer the movie to your media player.

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