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Hijack iT! is a tool that leverages iTunes and Audio Hijack Pro to create a simple tool for converting all the media in any iTunes playlist.

Using Audio Hijack Pro on its own you can not easily convert, apply filters, etc. to multiple tracks from iTunes in an automated fashion. This tool allows you to setup an Audio Hijack Pro template that not only can be used to convert media, but can also be used to apply sound effects/filters to the music, break the audio files up into conforming sizes (every 30 minutes or something) for long files, etc. When you launch the tool and more...

What's New

Version 2.7:
  • Universal Binary (PPC / Intel)
  • Growl support improved (and now required)
  • Added option to minimize AHP and iTunes while running.
  • Added option to quit AHP and iTunes when exiting.
  • Added ability to refresh iTunes playlists and Audio Hijack Pro Sessions after adding or removing items from those lists.


Mac OS X 10.4.4 or later (tested with 10.4.5 Intel), Apple's iTunes 5 or later (tested with 6.0.4), Registered copy of Rogue Ameoba's Audio Hijack Pro 2.5 or later (tested with 2.6.5), Growl (tested with 0.7.4).

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An.onymous Member IconReview+143

Rubbish "helper" that makes AudioHijack even more uselessly complicated and user unfriendly than ever. There a SERIOUS NEED FOR AN APP THAT RECORDS SIMPLY THE INTERNET MUSIC without all the maddening fuss audio Hijack is dedicated to.

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Version 2.7
Iamdorian Member IconComment+89

I haven't used this app in a while, but I am now running iTunes version 77 (43), and I get an AppleScript error message.

Additionally, try as I will, I cannot seem to find a download for v2.7 of HiJack It! only version 2.6.5 ... what's up?

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Version 2.7
designr Member IconReview-3

I don't use any non-Apple products currently but I prefer to remove the DRM as a matter of principle. There has not been a satisfactory way to do this since jhymn. I've tried a couple of scripts that purport to circumvent the DRM by importing songs into iMovie with little or no success. Then, along comes Hijack It!

I already own a copy of Audio Hijack Pro and have Growl installed so Hijack It! wasn't a big stretch at just $12.00.

Hijack It! works as advertised, scripting the process of hijacking the audio from iTunes, one song at a time, and renaming the output - Well worth the money for the time and trouble it saves.

I'm grading it down to a 4 primarily on its lack of instructions (Ease of Use = 4). It took me several tries to get a reasonable result. More exhaustive instructions with regard to both iTunes and AHP would have been helpful.

Results were abysmal until I turned the iTunes volume up to maximum and disabled all the iTunes Playback options (Crossfade, Sound Enhancer and Sound Check). After more experimentation, I finally settled on AAC/128 for my AHP settings. Any differences between the DRM-free copy and the original were then almost imperceptible.

A section in the Hijack It! manual with Tips and Suggested Settings for iTunes and AHP would have been most helpful - and would have raised the Ease of Use score to a 5.

My other complaint was the lack of support for all the Tags in purchased iTunes songs (Album Artist, Disk # of #, Composer, Compilation, Comments, etc.). This is primarily because AHP does not support these Tags. However, there are a number of possible workarounds that would improve Hijack It! Perhaps the next version of Hijack It! could import each song back into iTunes and use AppleScripting to set the missing Tags in iTunes. Or, perhaps just put all the missing Tags into the Comments field so I don't have to search for them. Better yet, Hijack It! could work with the makers of AHP to add those Tags.

Last but not least, one final tip: After archiving the original Protected AAC files, I deleted them from iTunes. I then imported the DRM-free AAC files, losing all the Album Artwork. Import the DRM-free AAC files before deleting the Protected AAC files from iTunes and the Album Artwork is magically added to the newly imported songs.

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Version 2.7
zedwards Member IconComment+0

I have used this software for ever, but would like to have a choice of NOT using growl.

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Version 2.7
rudeboy Member IconReview+0

Hijack IT requires Audio Hijack Pro and Growl to convert protected AAC files (purchased iTunes songs) into the more portable and compatible MP3 format -- Automatically!

Once all the pieces are in place, this combination will make your life a whole lot easier. Just make a playlist of the songs you want converted and launch Hijack IT and let the software do it's thing.

There are other ways to get your music back, but none as slick as this combination. Very nice.

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Version 2.7
petert Member IconReview+26

This app does exactly what it is advertised to - it automates Audio Hijack Pro.

At US$12 it's a no brainer.

' I liked it so much I bought two...'

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Version 2.6
edanrogo Member IconReview+13

I recently adquiered Hijack iTunes and since then my life has become a little bit easier.

Hijack iTunes is a very straightforward tool that allows you to record multiple files from iTunes trhough Audio Hijack Pro.

The reason why I consider this program so ingenuos and efficient is because it allows you to quickly select what iTunes playlist you wanna record and what Audio Hijack set-up you wanna use for the recording. You don't have to waste your time going through endless menus and configurations, you click and choose and that's it. You're ready to go! Then, you let Hijack iTunes do the rest. You can record a whole audiobook overnight and when you wake up in the morning you'd find new universal playable files for each one of the original only-playable-in-iTunes files, completely labeled and organized in the destination you previously selected.

There's no doubt Hijack iTunes is worth the money and the support is just great!

I hope the developer keeps improving this amazing tool.

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Version 2.5.5
Dave Burbank Member IconReview+9
Dave Burbank

It seems that some here don't understand what Hijack iTunes does. I just paid my registration fee about a month ago and I'm VERY happy I did. Apple's iTunes is cool. Audio Hijack Pro is awesome. Hijack iTunes allows you to get Apple's iTunes and Audio Hijack Pro working as an automated team. I use a Creative MP3 player with my 14 inch iBook. Hijack iTunes lets me automate the conversion of my protected audio files (music, audio books, podcasts, etc.) into MP3 while I sleep! This makes it easy to move these files over to my Creative MP3 player. Hijack iTunes does all this work intelligently. It even transfers all the information about each file over to the new file. Hijack iTunes is great, definitely worth the money. (I'm not connected in any way with the developer. I wrote this review because it seems the software is getting a bad rap from people who don't understand what it does.)

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Version 2.5.5
Anonymous Member IconReview

Version 2.1 had stability issues under AudioHijack v2.1.1. Hopefully, now that scripting issues have been overcome (in Audiohijack v2.2.1) the author will correct the issues in this package. After all, it's been pretty useless since I bought it. I'd like to think that author will reward my patience of those who trusted him with their $, and still are not able to use his program?

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Version 2.1
Anonymous Member IconReview

Hijack iTunes 1.2 has been temporarily removed from the web site to investigate a problem that some users have experienced. A fixed version will be released as soon as possible.

Thank you for your patience.

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Version 1.2
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Current Version (2.x)


Downloads 10,040
Version Downloads 4,994
License Shareware
Date 13 Mar 2006
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $12.00