Alternative to video app

2010mini

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Hello all,

Is there any apps that can play iTunes DRM movies for iPad? I have movies I purchased from iTunes on a portable drive. My goal is to use a wifi adapter like iUSBPORT to access them while on a road trip for my kid. I know the stock video app only works via homesharing which is not possible in my car.

TIA
 

2010mini

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Even though it will be played on a device that is already authorized on my iTunes account? that's disappointing....... guess its time to look for a good DRM removal tool.:(
 

Menneisyys2

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Even though it will be played on a device that is already authorized on my iTunes account? that's disappointing....... guess its time to look for a good DRM removal tool.:(
It'll be pretty complicated if not downright impossible. The best is not purchasing movies from the iTunes Store but getting the original Blu-ray discs and grabbing them. I do this myself.
 

2010mini

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It'll be pretty complicated if not downright impossible. The best is not purchasing movies from the iTunes Store but getting the original Blu-ray discs and grabbing them. I do this myself.
Yeah but then I will have to purchase a USB blu ray player, the movie I want. Then burn it to mkv and to mp4/mv4. Lots of work...... *sigh*

Hollywood really needs to stop making it so hard for honest people to use their product.
 

Menneisyys2

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Yeah but then I will have to purchase a USB blu ray player, the movie I want. Then burn it to mkv and to mp4/mv4. Lots of work...... *sigh*
Yup, but
- it delivers better audio and video IQ,
- extras are playable under iOS
- it can be played on anything
- generally, they aren't (much) more expensive than iTunes Store digital downloads - sometimes, they're even cheaper
- they're physical goods and can be re-ripped any number of times - not "fragile" downloads prone to just disappearing.

These are the main reasons I only purchase Blu-ray discs and do the ripping / recompression myself and don't bother with Apple's DRM'ed cr@p.
 

2010mini

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Yup, but
- it delivers better audio and video IQ,
- extras are playable under iOS
- it can be played on anything
- generally, they aren't (much) more expensive than iTunes Store digital downloads - sometimes, they're even cheaper
- they're physical goods and can be re-ripped any number of times - not "fragile" downloads prone to just disappearing.

These are the main reasons I only purchase Blu-ray discs and do the ripping / recompression myself and don't bother with Apple's DRM'ed cr@p.
I understand about DRM, but to be fair, DRM is because of Hollywood.... Not Apple.

I just thought I wouldn't have to resort to ripping. As I already have the movies I want.

So it's back to finding a good DRM removal software.
 

TJ61

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Hello all,

Is there any apps that can play iTunes DRM movies for iPad? I have movies I purchased from iTunes on a portable drive. My goal is to use a wifi adapter like iUSBPORT to access them while on a road trip for my kid. I know the stock video app only works via homesharing which is not possible in my car.

TIA
This solution might not be the best, since you already have your own portable drive, but it's proof that some mfrs have solved the DRM problem. The SanDisk Media Player I recently bought at least says its accompanying app can play iTunes DRMed videos. I haven't tested it -- I'm in the "buy and rip your own" camp. Still, you'd be tied to the very rudimentary player that comes with the device.
 

2010mini

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This solution might not be the best, since you already have your own portable drive, but it's proof that some mfrs have solved the DRM problem. The SanDisk Media Player I recently bought at least says its accompanying app can play iTunes DRMed videos. I haven't tested it -- I'm in the "buy and rip your own" camp. Still, you'd be tied to the very rudimentary player that comes with the device.
Thanks. I read up on this and it seems it uses Safari to play DRM video content. Seagate Wireless also says on their page you can stream iTunes DRM'd content stored on their device.