How to Remove Copy Protection From MP3 Files


Copy protection makes it more difficult for pirates to duplicate a piece of entertainment and spread it around. This is a noble goal, to be sure. However, this copy protection sometimes gets in the way of legal duplications that the track's owner may want to do. Perhaps the owner wants to show a new track to a friend on someone else's computer. Fortunately, there are ways to get around copy protection on MP3 files to make them completely accessible.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • MP3 with copy protection
  • Internet connection
  • Media player such as Windows Media Player or iTunes
  • Download and install rerecording software. There is a selection of free software that includes MP3 My MP3, Audio Sound Recorder, and Super MP3 Recorder in the Resources section. This software will allow you to remove copy protection.

  • Open your new piece of recording software.

  • Open your MP3 in a music player. This could be the music player that comes standard with your computer such as Windows Media Player or iTunes.

  • Ready your recording software to remove the copy protection. In each one, set the input as "Stereo Mix" or "Wave Mix." Press the "Option" button in Super MP3 Recorder and select one of the two options here. In MP3 My MP3, click on "Device" in the recording tab and select "Stereo Mix" or "Wave Mix." In Audacity, open the Mixer Toolbar from the "View" menu. In this toolbar, select the "Stereo Mix" input. In Super MP3 Recorder, you will also need to select the destination of the track by pressing the "Browse" button and selecting a folder and file name.

  • Record your MP3. Press the record button on your MP3 recorder. Immediately afterward, press the play button on your media player. The recorder will record the sound coming from your speakers. Press stop on the MP3 recorder when the track is done.

  • Save your file. In MP3 My MP3, the track is automatically saved when you press stop, and can be found in the program's playlist tab. In Audacity, click "File" then "Export as MP3" to save your new file as an unprotected MP3. Super MP3 automatically saves after you press stop.

  • Repeat these steps as necessary. Repeat steps 3 through 6 for each new MP3 that needs copy protection removal.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you don't want to download any new software, you can simply burn the protected track to a CD-R then rip the track from the CD. However, this wastes a blank CD.

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