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FairGame Review: Remove Copy Protection from iTunes Music

written by: Hollan•edited by: Michael Dougherty•updated: 9/25/2009
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Free your iTunes downloaded music from copy protection with FairGame!

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    Are you tired of not being able to use your iTunes downloaded music the way you'd like? Well, you can get passed that with FairGame. It is software for your Mac that strips the copy protection from the songs you've downloaded from iTunes so you can use them how you'd like. Sounds cool, right?

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    Download and Installation

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    You can download FairGame from this website.

    After a simple download all you have to do is open the mounted folder and use. You don't even have to move it into your applications folder. However, you must enable two things on your Mac so FairGame will work. First you have to allow access for assistive devices in the Universal Access menu of your system preferences. Next, you must open iMovie HD and go into the import section of iMovie's preferences and choose to place clip in Movie Timeline. After that, FairGame should work!

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    Features

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    FairGame only does one thing. It uses iMovie's interface to strip copy protection from your iTunes downloaded songs. According to this website, FairGame: "will convert the songs you bought on the iTunes Store to an unprotected format (using iTunes default encoder) and keep all the original metadata, lyrics and artwork. FairGame doesn't do loss-less DRM stripping. It re-encodes protected AAC files purchased in iTMS into unprotected AAC file using Apple's iMovie software."

    Yeah, it sounds complicated, but all you have to do is select the song you want the copy protection removed from in your iTunes menu, launch FairGame and press "Process Songs." Depending the speed of your Mac, it could take a while to do just one song. For my MacBook it took about six minutes for a three minute song. That's not so bad unless you are going to do a huge batch of music, which could take hours. Also, you can't mess with iMovie or FairGame while it is running or you might mess it up.

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    FairGame

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    Usefulness

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    How useful you find FairGame all depends on how much iTunes protected music you own. If you have a bunch and it bothers you, you will find FairGame very useful. However, if you don't have any it won't be worth your time. If you want to remove the copy protection though, this is a good way to do it. However, DO NOT go making illegal copies of the music. That is against the law and this author and Bright Hub do not condone such activities.

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    Overall

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    FairGame works, even if it takes a bit long to do so and the installation is a tiny bit more complicated than other Mac software. Try it out if you want to remove the copy protection from you iTunes downloads for legal use.

    Download FairGame.