Q: “I have purchased quite a few movies on iTunes and now I have got my new Sony PlayStation Vita. I’d like to download these iTunes movies onto a hard-drive and then transfer them to my Sony PlayStation Vita so that I can enjoy more without caring about much time and space. I know that iTunes movies are often DRM protected and in M4V format, while only movies in MP4 format are supported for PlayStation Vita. Then how can I make it? Any help would be appreciated.”

iTunes M4V files under the protection of Apple DRM are restricted to be played on Apple’s iOS devices and Apple TV only, which limits the ways to play back iTunes M4V files on other devices. To transfer iTunes movie to Sony PlayStation Vita and freely enjoy iTunes M4V files, what you should do first is to remove DRM from iTunes M4V files and then convert M4V to MP4. Under this occasion, an iTunes M4V DRM removal program and video converter would be necessary. Here in this post, you will be introduced some helpful solutions including professional iTunes M4V DRM removal software and effective video converter program, and guided how to remove DRM from iTunes M4V and convert DRM free M4V to MP4.

Part 1: What is PlayStation Vita and Why Remove DRM from M4V?

The PlayStation Vita mentioned here is a handheld game console developed and released by Sony Computer Entertainment. It is the successor to the PlayStation Portable as part of the PlayStation brand of gaming devices. Now it is quite popular with young generations in Japan, North America, Europe, and other worldwide regions. Except for being used to play games, PlayStation Vita can also allow you to surf the internet, listen to music, watch videos, shoot pictures and so on. When you are intended to play movies or videos on PlayStation Vita, you should know that it only allows you to play videos in MP4 format.

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M4V I talk about here is iTunes M4V file. iTunes M4V is a multimedia DRM-protected video format under protection of Apple’s FairPlay DRM copyright. Thanks to DRM protection, iTunes M4V files can only be played on iTunes running on authorized devices. Even after purchasing or renting iTunes M4V files, people are not allowed to copy and convert any iTunes movie or TV show, which causes inconvenience for many people as they want to enjoy those iTunes M4V files freely, not limited to iTunes. Therefore, those people start to look for ways to remove DRM from M4V and convert DRM-protected M4V to common and DRM-free video format like MP4. After removing DRM, those M4V files can be played on almost all media players and any HD devices as they want.

Part 2: Introduction to Professional iTunes M4V DRM Removal – Leawo Prof. DRM

The best way to remove DRM from M4V and convert to MP4 is necessarily to install and apply an iTunes M4V DRM removal program. As a matter of fact, there are indeed numerous professional iTunes M4V DRM removal programs available for removing DRM from M4V as well as for format conversion. Here I would like to strongly recommend Leawo Prof. DRM to you.

As a professional iTunes M4V DRM removal program, Leawo Prof. DRM performs well not only in iTunes M4V DRM removal but also in M4V video conversion. Prof. DRM plays the role of iTunes DRM media converter to convert iTunes M4V to DRM-free MP4. What’s more, with this iTunes M4V DRM removal software, you can achieve real 1:1 input to output conversion from DRM-protected iTunes M4V to DRM-free MP4, along with all source subtitles and audio tracks retained and no quality loss. You can freely choose preferred subtitles and audio tracks for keeping in the output MP4 file as well. Without the need to decode and encode video, Leawo Prof. DRM works even 50 times faster than competitors on the market.

After downloading and installing Leawo Prof. DRM on your computer, please launch the program and enter the main interface. As the interface is user-friendly, it is extremely easy to remove DRM from iTunes M4V with Leawo Prof. DRM.

Part 3: How to Remove DRM from M4V with Leawo Prof. DRM

Due to the simple design of the interface, Leawo Prof. DRM can be easily used even for a total newbie. Moreover, the step-by-step guide to remove DRM from iTunes M4V and convert M4V to MP4 will make it clearer to get it.

Note: Please sign in iTunes with your Apple ID to make sure that you have authorized the computer to play the purchased or rented M4V video file. During the iTunes DRM removal process, iTunes will not work.

Step 1: Add DRM M4V Videos from iTunes

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After entering the main interface of Prof. DRM, you can click “Add Files” button to browse and choose iTunes DRM M4V videos in the pop-up “Add Files” panel. Then select the iTunes M4V video you prefer and click “Add” to begin importing iTunes M4V video into Prof. DRM.

Step 2: Set the Audio Tracks and Subtitles for the video files

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After importing iTunes DRM M4V videos into the program, you can choose a file and click “Edit” button to freely choose audio tracks and subtitles for keeping in the output MP4 video file.

Step 3: Set Output Directory to Save the File

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Go to the bottom of the Home interface and click “…” button to select an output directory for saving the output MP4 file.

Step 4: Remove DRM and Convert iTunes DRM M4V to MP4

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Click the blue button named “Convert” at the bottom to start removing DRM from iTunes M4V and converting to MP4. The iTunes DRM removal and conversion process will be completed in a short while.

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Note: Before conversion process takes place, you will be asked to authorize the computer for playing the iTunes video if you have not yet authorized the computer.

Finally, after completing the conversion, you can find the converted iTunes video file now in MP4 video format under “Converted” section. You can open the output MP4 file directly or alternatively make use of the quick searching bar at the bottom to fast locate the file. Since you have removed DRM from M4V and converted M4V to DRM-free MP4, you can freely enjoy iTunes M4V videos on PlayStation Vita as well as other MP4 media players and portable devices.

Part 4: How to remove DRM with free DRM removal program

In addition to the professional Leawo Prof. DRM removal software, there are some free iTunes DRM M4V removal programs available as well. And Requiem 4.1 is one of the most well-known DRM Removal freeware that can remove Apple’s DRM from songs, videos, and books purchased on iTunes and then make them played on non-Apple-approved devices, like Android phones, tablets, game consoles. You can download and install Requiem 4.1 on your computer, make sure you’ve authorized iTunes and that the videos are playable and then follow the guide to remove DRM from iTunes M4V video.

Step 1. Launch Requiem on your computer. Requiem will automatically scan your iTunes directory for any protected files and begin to remove the DRM protections.

Step 2. Remove DRM from iTunes M4V files. Requiem will delete the protected iTunes videos and replace them with entirely unprotected versions after the DRM removal is finished.

Step 3. Now you get DRM removed for iTunes, the DRM free video will be played on non-Apple devices. You can play the converted movies on non-iTunes player freely.

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Part 5: Comparison between Prof. DRM and Requiem

The two solutions mentioned here are both helpful for iTunes M4V DRM removal. And they have their own features respectively, which may influence your choice. Now you can check the table below to diversify the two software to choose one that you think the better.

Features

Leawo Prof. DRM

Requiem

Windows Operating System

Win XP/7/8/8.1/10 and Mac version on Mac OS

Some Mac OS and Windows system, not work with Mac OS X 10.8 or above

iTunes Version Supported

iTunes 12.0.0.0 or later

iTunes 10.7 or lower

Conversion Supported

Support converting iTunes videos, audio and books.

Support converting iTunes videos, audio and books.

Video DRM removal supported

iTunes Rental or Purchased Videos (iTunes Movies/TV Shows in encrypted M4V video format)

Not available for DRM removal from iTunes rental media content.

Quality

Preserve lossless quality

Preserve lossless quality

Cost

Free for trial/ $19.95 for paid version

Free

Anyway, since Requiem 4.1 can only be used to remove DRM from iTunes M4V movies on iTunes 10.7 or lower version, you should keep using the dated iTunes and fail to many new features of iTunes if you want to use it. It is annoying as iTunes has been upgraded to version 12 now. If you have upgraded your iTunes to the latest version, you’d better choose Leawo Prof. DRM to remove DRM from M4V iTunes movies. The latter program also allows you to convert M4V to MP4 when the DRM removal process completes so that you can play the DRM free MP4 videos on any devices like PlayStation Vita as well as smartphones, tablets, etc. To remove DRM, now you are directly on the way.