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Best QTFairUse Alternative to Remove DRM from iTunes Songs

Roger W.
BY Roger W.   
LAST UPDATED: Jun. 26, 2017

QTFairUse, an open-source program, makes converting DRM-protected iTunes M4P songs simple and enables users to enjoy their music on many players.

To be honest, I'm not willing to crack DRM, but I really want to play the music purchased and downloaded from iTunes can be played on every computer or mobile players I own.

Unfortunately, both the old iTunes songs I bought many years ago and the Apple Music tracks I downloaded are not playable on the players that are not iTunes, iPod, iPhone or iPad.

I know that's because all music sold through iTunes or streamed from Apple Music use the FairPlay system that restricts the use of the downloads.

In 2003, Mr. Johansen first distributed a program to bypass the Apple Fairplay DRM system, called QTFairUse. In 2017, some people still search this word in Google and try to remove FairPlay DRM with this tool. Therefore, I write this article to introduce QTFairUse and find its alternative to you if you find that this software can no longer be used.

Part 1 What is QTFairUse and How to Use It

QTFairUse is a free application designed to convert protected audio files (.m4p extension) purchased from Apple's iTunes Store into M4A files, without DRM. Instead of removing the DRM from the songs directly, QTFairUse waits for the song to be played by iTunes then copy the unencrypted songs as they are sent to the sound card.

An overview of QTFairUse

There are a few key features of this program:

  • It is free to use

  • It can convert M4P format files to DRM-free M4A

  • You can make it back-up your iTunes library files before decryption

But it has 4 obvious drawbacks too:

  • The computer has to have iTunes installed and the iTunes version should be version 6.0.4 to 7.5.0. It will not work with the latest version of iTunes.

  • It is unable to remove DRM from Apple Music tracks.

  • There are no settings to choose the music quality, output file size, etc.

  • This software is difficult to use without technical know-how.

How to Use QTFairUse

Step 1. Download the latest version of QTFairUse (QTFairUse 6.2.5) and download iTunes 7.5.0 on your computer. A simple Google search will yield the download pages.

Step 2. When both QTFairUse and iTunes are installed, read the options and make an understanding of them. Choose whether to convert all the songs or a selected handful of songs and to back up the iTunes library.


Step 3. Once the choices are made, proceed to click on the "Start Conversion" button at the bottom of the program. The program will then automatically complete the tasks without any more of the users' involvement.

Step 4. After the conversion is completed, the DRM-protected songs will be replaced by non-DRM songs. Now you can play the songs on any music players as long as they support AAC (.m4a) format.

Part 2 Best QTFairUse Alternative to Remove DRM from iTunes Songs

People may still want to remove DRM from iTunes music files, but they want to find an alternative to QTFairUse now. There are 3 main reasons:

  • QTFairUse has been ceased to update for many years.  There is no support anymore.

  • For many users, it is not a good idea to install iTunes 7.5.0 or even the older version when they are using the latest version of iTunes (currently iTunes 12.6.1).

  • Instead of purchasing songs from iTunes, we subscriber to Apple Music nowadays. So what we need is how to remove DRM from Apple Music tracks.

For the best alternative to QTFairUse, I humbly recommend TuneFab Apple Music Converter. This software can solve all the problems we mentioned above. Here are main features of this software:

  • It can remove DRM from iTunes songs you purchased before 2009.

  • It also supports stripping DRM from Apple Music tracks.

  • It is able to remove DRM from iTunes audio books and Audible audiobooks, too.

  • Aside from M4A, you can convert iTunes songs or Apple Music to MP3, M4R, FLAC, AIFF, AC3, MKA, etc. with no quality loss.

  • You can get support and help from the developer easily.

  • It works well with the latest version of iTunes and the developer will keep update it.

If there is any drawback of the program, the only one is that it is not a freeware. However, the developer offers a free trial version for you. The trial version of TuneFab Apple Music Converter allows you to convert three minutes for each audio files in 30 days. If you are satisfied with this software, you can purchase it to get the full version and remove all limitations. Free download to have a try now.


TuneFab Apple Music Converter is quite easy-to-use. Just download and open it on your computer. iTunes will be opened automatically to load all media files in your iTunes library to the program. Then, you can select all the songs you want to remove DRM. Lastly, select and output format and click "Convert" to start the process.

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Here are some detail guides you may need for help:

How to Convert Apple Music to MP3

How to Convert iTunes M4P Music to MP3

How to Convert M4P to AAC(.m4a)

How to Convert Audible AAX to MP3

How to Convert M4B to MP3 in Bulk

How to Keep Apple Music after Subscription Ends


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