.m4a conversion rights!

Discussion in 'iPod' started by flyinhigh, Oct 13, 2009.

  1. flyinhigh macrumors member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Just hit the realisation of not being able to play purchased .m4a files from itunes on another computers itunes that is not internet connected. And cant convert to MP3 ('protected files cannot be converted') My scenario is that I have purchased the track at home and wish to take it into my workplace, an educational institution where I teach music and singing for them to hear the song. This is not breach of copyright and is an exercise of fair use of rights of a purchased recording. Any thoughts, help?
  2. j26 macrumors 65832


    Mar 30, 2005
    There is a way of burning it to cd and reimporting it into iTunes as an unprotected file, but I couldn't tell you about that.
  3. synagence macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2008
    With iTunes m4p's you can copy to another computer and authorise up to 5 times .... not a problem

    Alternatively do the iTunes plus upgrade on the tracks and forget about DRM
  4. devburke Guest

    Oct 16, 2008
    Yes, that is pretty much the big complaint about DRM.

    Firstly though, the computer doesn’t have to be internet-connected to play the song. It does have to be connected to authorize the computer on your account, but once it’s authorized, you can disconnect and play any of your songs. You can authorize up to 5 computers at once.

    iTunes has switched now to selling all “iTunes Plus” tracks, which mean higher audio quality and no DRM. You should be able to upgrade individual tracks for a small fee. Or if you would rather not, you can always burn your tracks to an audio CD and then re-rip them, and they won’t have any DRM, so you’re free to use them however you like.
  5. macsarethebest macrumors regular

    Jun 30, 2009
    burn them onto an mp3 cd, and import them back into your library. et voila! :D
  6. flyinhigh thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 31, 2008
    thanks to all above. I have options! Still I'm resentful of itunes for what I consider as a unreasonable hack at my reasonable rights of exercise of my purchase. In this scenario of what I'm trying to do, they are stopping me from introducing an artists music to a new audience. It's a lot of kafufull over sharing some listening pleasure.
  7. flyinhigh thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Don't i have to convert it first to Mp3? Not aware that there is such a thing as an 'mp3 Cd'. Thanks for advice sounds the best way to go in my circumstance.
    P.S. This site gives good help.
  8. devburke Guest

    Oct 16, 2008
    Yeah, but unfortunately the record companies were less than happy with the idea of their music being sold DRM-free. It was their decision, not Apple’s. They came around eventually though, and any music you buy from iTunes now won’t have these restrictions. It still has information about the account it was purchased with embedded into it, so if you upload it online and spread it everywhere, it’s possible to trace it back to you. But there is nothing stopping you now from using it as freely as you like.

    mp3 CDs are just…CDs of mp3s. The advantage is that you can fit a lot more songs onto one CD, since normal audio CDs use a much higher bitrate. But you’re right, you would have to convert them first. I’d be VERY surprised if iTunes converts them for you in this case, since they’re protected, so I think you’re going to have to burn a regular audio CD and then rip it (either to an mp3 or AAC, whichever you like, there will be no DRM either way).
  9. Teej guy macrumors 6502a

    Aug 6, 2007

    Keep in mind that if you burn an audio cd of your protected files and re-rip them as a lossy file (m4a or mp3) that you will lose quality quite substantially! It's called lossy transcoding and it's going to happen if you convert your m4p files into any lossy format.
  10. devburke Guest

    Oct 16, 2008
    This is true. Your other options would be to authorize the computer you’re trying to play on (and keep the same audio quality) or pay to upgrade your tracks to iTunes Plus (which will both remove all DRM and actually give you higher quality).
  11. macsarethebest macrumors regular

    Jun 30, 2009
    although ^^^^ are right, I have done it, and I couldn't really hear the audio difference. And to burn the cd, i think you just make a playlist, and when you burn burn it as an audio cd, and when you inmport, do it as .mp3's or .aac's. the import preferences are in the bottom right corner when you have a cd inserted. Glad to help! ;)

    p.s. I am not sure if aac works to remove drm, so you can try it, but if it doesn't, just do mp3

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