Rhapsody is a popular music store, compare with iTunes store, it’s really cheap to enjoy unlimited download on Rhapsody for only $10 per month. If you have an iPod or iPad and want to put music on iPod, I’m sure you don’t want to re-buy the songs on iTunes store again. But rhapsody songs have Digital rights management (DRM) protection; they are not compatible with iTunes, you need to remove the DRM before importing into your iTunes library.
There are two ways to remove DRM protection. If your computer has a DVD burner, you can burn the Rhapsody songs to CD/DVD, and then use iTunes to rip the songs from CD/DVD to your iTunes library, the DRM protection will be removed during the process. This method will cost a little bit more time, but it’s free and convenient.
But if you have large amount of songs collection, the method above is not suitable for you. I’d suggest you to remove DRM with third party software. I have tried some DRM removal program, and recommend this DRM Media Converter. It’s really easy to use. More importantly, it can remove the DRM and keep the songs original quality. I wrote a simple tutorial about how to use the DRM Media Converter, hope it helps.
Step1. Download the DRM Media Converter, double click it to install it, the default settings work well with all Windows system, you don’t need to make any configuration.
Step2. Launch the program; find the Rhapsody downloaded songs on your computer. And then drag and drop them into the DRM converter.
Step3. Click “Settings” dropdown list and go to “Format -> Apple” to choose an output format according to your devices, such as iPod touch, iPod Nano or iPad 2. And then click “Start” to run the DRM Removal Process. When the conversion is finished, click “Find Target” to locate your DRM free songs.
Here is some simple introduction about DRM. “DRM” knows as Digital Right Management, which was introduced some time ago. And it is very famous; due to the reason some big brands are using it to protect the rights, preventing the illegal copying. Nevertheless, all these years of inventing, the most remarkable achievement for “DRM” was really limited the usage of the media files to the customers. Take iTunes as an example, as the biggest online music retailer, or even the biggest music retailer in the world, is still selling 90% of the media files as DRM protected. Therefore, we can only play the music in the specific music players, like iPod, iPhone, iPad, the very luxury music player from Apple itself. However, what if you accidently bought some other mp3 player, such as: Zune, PSP, Mobile Phone, and Creative Zen. Etc. Sorry, you can’t play it!