Is music bought through iTunes still protected with Apple's FairPlay DRM system?

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  1. SilentWalker

    SilentWalker Retired Moderator

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    I wanted to buy some songs on iTunes (for the first time), but I heard that if it's Apple Protected tracks, you can't play it on non-Apple devices/products.

    I also read that Apple stopped the DRM protection system in 2007, but I read contradicting articles also. I am a bit confused.

    However, I downloaded the iTunes Fall 2009 Sampler and all the tracks were protected. Does this mean that if I download an album/individual tracks from iTunes, they will be protected?

    Is there a way to get an unprotected version on iTunes? I heard you can get it with iTunes Plus or something, but you have to pay more. What is this about, how much more do I have to pay, and how can I get it (unprotected audio)?

    A lot of questions, but please explain

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    Thank you.
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    Plasmah New Member

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    I don't think they are cause I have the tracks I bought from Itunes and was able to copy them to my Lg Lx9200 phone and even reincode them.
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    Is it just me or back whenever the iPod Touch 2G came out they started selling DRM free content? Then from what I understand they got rid of DRM protected media completely, leaving basically everything to DRM free.

    Samplers and stuff might be DRM protected though, but I know I was able to put my Eminem -Relapse (Deluxe Edition) onto my friends LG Rumor and I've burnt numerous CD's with it... Everyone wants a little relapse!
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    Thank you everyone for all responses
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    Was I correct? I'm curious myself if I got the understanding right.
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    The DRM free music is called iTunes Plus.
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    SilentWalker Retired Moderator

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    Another question -

    What format is music bought from iTunes in? Is it AAC or mp3 or some other Apple proprietary format? And I mean regular track off of regular iTunes, not iTunes Plus tracks?

    And please don't say, "I think..."; I want someone who knows, 100% sure, and actually had experience doing so.

    Thank you.
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    i think its mp4
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    SilentWalker Retired Moderator

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    Man, you're funny...

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    But aside from that...are you sure? Because I am planning to buy an iTunes gift card, but only if the music format is mp3. Any other format is not universal, because I need the music to be able to play on my cheap MP3 player (which only plays mp3's), and other things too.

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