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d6jg
2016-02-03, 12:54
Installed a new server and 2 X Picoreplayer plus Hifiberry Digi+ for a friend at the weekend. Shovelled his iTunes based music across to the server and discovered he has a dozen or so DRM protected albums that he must have bought unknowingly from Apple.
How to get them visible to the server?
I know of 3 options.
1) Burn to CD and then rip.
2) Upload to Google Music and if lucky files will be matched.
3) Subscribe to Apple Match service.
Anybody know of other methods and which is best? Not interested in Torrent based solutions. These are legal purchases that he just wants to unlock and play with LMS

epoch1970
2016-02-03, 15:11
I think there is a 4th option: upgrading the files/albums to DRM-free on iTunes Store. I don't think it is free, though...

d6jg
2016-02-03, 15:35
I think there is a 4th option: upgrading the files/albums to DRM-free on iTunes Store. I don't think it is free, though...

That's the Apple matching subscription (3) that costs 25.

epoch1970
2016-02-03, 15:55
I was thinking at an upgrade option they introduced with iTunes+ but removed -as I see now- after iTunes Match came about.
The pb w/ itunes match is that matching is not guaranteed, it could miss some tracks.

usc95
2016-02-03, 16:06
You could use tunebite but it costs money: http://www.tunebite.co.uk/tunebite

I am not sure if they have a trial that you could use or not.

d6jg
2016-02-03, 16:59
You could use tunebite but it costs money: http://www.tunebite.co.uk/tunebite

I am not sure if they have a trial that you could use or not.

I see that is re-recording software. Does it operate faster than playback?

usc95
2016-02-03, 17:15
I see that is re-recording software. Does it operate faster than playback?

Honestly I didn't realize it was a re-recording software. It has been years since I used it and I believe back then it cracked the DRM. It seems now this is a more legal way since it isn't circumventing anything but I don't know if it operates faster than playback. Perhaps you should email them? This is the reason why I have always purchased spinning discs for all of my music.

rkrug
2016-02-04, 01:39
d6jg <d6jg.7aj4fb (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com> writes:

> Installed a new server and 2 X Picoreplayer plus Hifiberry Digi+ for a
> friend at the weekend. Shovelled his iTunes based music across to the
> server and discovered he has a dozen or so DRM protected albums that he
> must have bought unknowingly from Apple.
> How to get them visible to the server?
> I know of 3 options.
> 1) Burn to CD and then rip.

You don't have to burn a physical CD - you can use a CD emulator (see
e.g. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/totalmounter-free-virtual-cddvd-burner-thats-easy-use.htm
for Windows), burn to it and rip afterwards from it.

Cheers,

Rainer

> 2) Upload to Google Music and if lucky files will be matched.
> 3) Subscribe to Apple Match service.
> Anybody know of other methods and which is best? Not interested in
> Torrent based solutions. These are legal purchases that he just wants to
> unlock and play with LMS
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Mnyb
2016-02-04, 05:07
I still think regarding the workload the torrert based solutions is your best bet ;) regardles of what you think about it

You get full quality , re-encoding something that originally was some low rate AAC is not ideal . You get full size wav or flac with 128kbps AAC quality and re-encoding to a lossy encoding agian should be avoided at all costs .

Lossy to lossless OK

Lossy to lossy encoding not OK (you willl get wierd artefacts )

(never iTunes has much better quality afaik )