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Three Ways to Backup iTunes Videos for Playback

iTunes is a great way of compiling the list of favorite songs, videos and photos. But in case of loss of files or theft of the device, people should take periodic backups of the iTunes files.

There are many ways to backup and save iTunes videos. People always simply backup their iTunes videos by dragging and dropping. But when they try to play the back-up iTunes files with non-Apple mobile devices or media players, such as Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Windows Media Player, and so on, they will find that these files are not playable on most media devices or media players. The article will explore the main methods to back up iTunes videos, at the same time, introduce how to make the back-up files playable on non-Apple devices.

Three Ways to Backup iTunes Movies and TV Shows

The article will briefly introduces three ways to backup your iTunes video files, and you can choose any one of the following three ways as you like to back iTunes videos.

1. Backup iTunes videos to cloud storage service

Cloud storage service allows users to upload and sync files and then access them from a Web browser or their local device. Among various services, the Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive (SkyDrive) get their popularity across the world.

2. Backup iTunes videos to DVD

It’s a good choice to burn your iTunes videos to DVD. But iTunes videos cannot be directly burned to DVD due to the strictly protection of Apple FairPlay. Therefore, in order to burn iTunes videos to DVD, you need to remove the DRM restriction first.

3. Backup iTunes videos to external hard drive

Moving your iTunes movies and TV shows to an external hard drive, simply for storage purposes, is easy, as it is just like moving any other type of data. As long as the storage space is sufficient, you can save all your iTunes videos on the external hard drive.

Backup iTunes Videos

How to Make the Back-up iTunes Videos Playable on non-Apple Devices?

In fact, the reason why iTunes videos cannot play on non-Apple devices is that they are strictly restricted by Apple FairPlay which limits them from various aspects. Both iTunes purchases and rentals can only enjoy on your Apple devices, and the iTunes rentals even have time limitation, only 30 days available on you iTunes library and 24 hours available for watching. By removing DRM, all iTunes videos are free from any limitation. You can backup and watch them anywhere as you like.

M4VGear is a powerful yet professional DRM Media Converter which can remove DRM from iTunes purchases and rentals at 20 times faster speed with all subtitles and audio tracks kept. It can help you play iTunes videos freely on other devices and also can keep iTunes rentals forever.

The following is a detailed tutorial about how to convert purchased or rented iTunes movies/TV shows to normal video formats using M4VGear DRM Media Converter. Please download this useful program on you Mac PC or Windows PC first.

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Note: The trial version is limited to converting the first 1 minute of the whole video. You can register M4VGear to remove the time limitation.

Tutorial: How to bypass DRM from iTunes videos

Step 1. Import iTunes Videos to M4VGear

Launch the program and click "Add" button or "Add Files" icon on the main interface to choose the content you want to convert from iTunes library by clicking "OK" button. If you failed to adding videos in this way, please find the file location and then directly drag and drop the file to M4VGear interface.

Add iTunes Videos

Step 2. Choose output format

Go to the bottom left of the interface to choose the output format you would like to convert the iTunes videos to. M4VGear can keep 5.1 audio track and all subtitles by default when you choose "Same as source for MP4" or "Same as source for MOV" as output format.

choose output profile

Step 3. Start Removing the iTunes DRM

Click the "Convert " button to start conversion. Before converting, you can choose output path manually by clicking M4VGear > Preferences on the upper left of the Mac. Click the "History" button in the upper right corner to find well converted videos.


Note: M4VGear will offer you a 1-minute free trial which allows you convert one minute of iTunes M4V videos for free. You can purchase full version of M4VGear iTunes M4V to MP4 Converter with $44.95 ($49.95) to remove the time restriction.

Extra Tips:

If you are an Apple Music subscriber and also want to remove DRM from Apple Music and iTunes M4P Audio. Sidify Apple Music Converter should be the best choice, which enables you to convert Apple Music tracks to plain MP3, AAC, FLAC and WAV format losslessly at 20X speed, while keeping all the ID tags and metadata.

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