iOpener is a Windows tool based on hymm, the DRM unlocker for files bought in the iTunes music store. It takes the hymm code and wraps it in a somewhat more intuitive interface. You can download it from the hymm site.
To use it, all you need to do is:
- Open iTunes
- Open iOpener
- Close iOpener again once it has done its work
It’s that simple. iOpener searches your music library for locked files and unlocks them, storing a backup of the original stored file. I tried it out with the free song of the week in the UK store (“Make Everything Change” by Wire Daises – not bad, actually) and it seemed to work fine.
While I think Apple has made the best balance between freedom and controlling piracy of all the online stores (bar the un-DRMed MP3s at Wippit), I’d rather play it safe and have an un-DRMed backup of the file, just in case something bad happens like a hard drive failure…