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DRM Dumpster is the automatic way to convert DRM tracks from your iTunes music library to standard music files. Simply set up your Mac, launch DRM Dumpster, click the Dump DRM button, insert a single CD-RW and the process runs automatically and unattended.

DRM Dumpster uses a CD-RW and iTunes itself to convert all of the DRM music files in your Library (or in a user selectable play list) to standard music files (MP3, AAC, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV) that you can use with any music player. Using a standard CD-RW ensures maximum compatibility because DRM Dumpster does not need to install any third party driver software - more...

What's New

Version 3.7.0:
  • Add support for iTunes 11


  • OS X 10.6 or later
  • GUI Scripting Enabled

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Leif Heflin Member IconComment+105
Leif Heflin

Does this result in a significant loss in quality?

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Version 3.6.0
Lee123 Member IconComment+211

Just a heads up. There is another program like this (i have not tried either) that does the same thing with a Virtual CDrom. This should make the other program 40 times faster.

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Version 3.5.0
Burning Thumb Software (Developer)

DRM Dumpster works with our Virtual CD-RW software which can be found on MacUpdate here:

We offer a bundle price for DRM Dumpster + Virtual CD-RW which can be found on either of these pages:

Because our Virtual CD-RW software is a 100% fully functional virtual device it also works with any application that needs to burn to a cd device. In other words Virtual CD-RW and DRM Dumpster work together but are not tied together.

And as has been correctly pointed out, it is MUCH faster to use Virtual CD-RW with DRM Dumpster.


Maybe I'm just dense, but I cannot find the bundle price anywhere. Has the link changed?


Got it! Bought it! Thanks for the deal!

Mnanda Member IconComment+5

So I'd avoided buying this for ages, based somewhat on the harsh reviews here, and I wish I HADN'T listened... The program is great and does EXACTLY what it says.

To the person who complained that tracks were reimported incorrectly at fractions of their original times - :017, :023 etc. I can second the developer's response - this is not the software, it's iTunes, and probably has to do with the quality of the disc you were using. How do I know? Because I had this EXACT same problem when I was burning and reimporting MANUALLY - before I bought DRM Dumpster.

POINTERS: Because of the problem mentioned above, I was really, really careful to compare the times of the newly imported tracks before deleting the originals.

I also broke my protected library up into smaller playlists of about 100-120 tracks a piece - no one suggested this, but I thought it made sense to do smaller batches. So far so good.

Only regret - wish I'd bought this and dealt with this problem ages ago.

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Version 3.4.1
Roy-Van-Der-Woning Member IconReview+93

Contrary to what seems to have become the popular consensus, my experience with Burning Thumb's support has been exceptionally positive.

After purchasing a license, I noticed that some of my tracks' meta data was not retained during the conversion, such as my album art. I contacted the developer about this, and one hour (!) later, I got an initial response. Not only did I instantly get a refund for my purchase because DRM Dumpster did not perform to my expectations, I also got an email the very next day with an update which addressed the problem with the missing meta data. When I subsequently reported a few more glitches, the developer sent me a second update which fixed those issues as well.

Even though there are still some nice-to-have's on my wish list, and I did experience one or two stability issues, I find that DRM Dumpster is the closest to ideal, and most convenient option to enable my protected tracks for playback on non-Apple devices like my SqueezeBox. The developer has been very forthcoming in identifying an fixing the reported issues, and did so within 24 hours. I will report the remaining niggles in due time and have no doubt that they can be ironed out as well.

Whether or not DRM Dumpster is worth the price is highly subjective, but it definitely pays off to contact the developer if something doesn't work as advertised. It got me a free license and a tool that does a hands-off conversion of my DRM protected tracks, allowing me to attend to a less mind numbing pastime.

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Version 3.3
okraider Member IconReview+2

The support is horrible. Could not get it to work after jumping through numerous hoops with support. Burning Thumb will not refund. They even sent me insulting and hostile email when I disputed. Try before you buy! Don't throw your money in the dumpster.

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Version 3.2
Burning Thumb Software (Developer)

This fellow first contacted us saying:
"I paid for and downloaded your software. It does not work on my Mac. I do not have a RW drive, so it just kicks the disk out."

When we followed up asking for System Info it turned out he did indeed have a CDRW Drive. He sent us this information that we requested from the system profiler:
"Burn Support: Yes (Apple Shipped/Supported)
CD-Write: -R, -RW"

He then followed up saying this:
"It was a CD-RW. I tried multiple CD-RWs on multiple occasions.
Unfortunately, I was not aware there was a free trial, so I purchased it out of desperation to try and meet a deadline. I needed the software for 1 specific project in which the deadline has passed"

We asked him for the DRM Dumpster log so that we could determine the cause of the problem. Though we asked in 4 different emails he each time never sent the log so we could never confirm that he followed the setup steps - our guess is he did not but that is just a guess we are not saying it is a fact.

There were many more emails but to sum it up he only needed to convert 1 track and he just should have used iTunes. We are sorry he did not explain that he was not very computer literate or we would have not been trying to solve the problem which we now believe has nothing to do with our software. After all the time spent on this he is now posting negative reviews and says this:
"The hostile tone of your last email and calling me dishonest has pissed me off enough to post NUMEROUS negative reviews to my displeasure of your product, support and customer service. I'd be happy to post more reviews in my spare time so keep the emails coming"

Our "hostile email to him was this:
"I have asked you now for the 4th time to send me the log information. Once you send me that information I can tell you what to do next. If you do not send me that information I cannot help you further.

While I want to respect your specific circumstances I can tell you that you are the only person currently reporting an issue. In the past all issues have been resolved once the log information was provided, and as you see in the paypal email below, issues are solved by working WITH each other.

I am prepared to work with yo to resolve this issue and once again assure you that if the software is the problem, as opposed to something else like you missed one of the required setting, you will receive an instant refund. I am however, based on the total lack of any issues from any other people, 99.9% confident this is a small issue with your configuration that can be easily resolve with a small bit of cooperative effort."

Xplicit Member IconReview+807

I guess this is the most useless app I've seen in a long time. It reduces a manual 4-clicks process to an semi-automated process where you still need 2 clicks. Isn't that ridiculous?
It doesn't even do it without using a physical CD, like with a virtual drive or whatever.
Calling yourself a developer is really an embarassment to the whole developing community.

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Version 3.1

Obviously you have not really studied the software or the use for it. If you would have taken the time to read the dev docs or other comments you would know why you can not write to a virtual CD. It is a legal thing proposed and enforced by Apple. So, if anyone is embarrassing it is you and Apple.

Burning Thumb Software (Developer)

It is safer, more compatible, and not much faster given modern high speed media.

A virtual CD MUST be implemented as a kernel extenstion and as such you must provide Administrator access to that software. So any Virtual CD driver can (a) crash your system, (b) bypass security on your system, (c) require updates each time the OS is updated. In other words its a dangerous thing. You will most likely find Virtual CD drivers don't exists on Mac OS X but do, for some reason, seem popular on Windows.

So if you still want a virtual CD drive, and are on Windows, you should get a standalone one (there are several available) and then if you can get iTunes to recognize the virtual drive it will also work with DRM Dumpster.

But for 99% of people its simply no longer needed to install such software when a $2 high speed media solves the problem.

Morpheo Member IconComment+2

Someone please explain one thing to me: why should one spend $30 on such a "utility" when one can burn m4p manually and import them back into iTunes? I mean... $30????????

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Version 3.1
Burning Thumb Software (Developer)

Its actually already been explained. But here it is again.

For < 30 tracks DRM Dumpster is free - just use the demo.

For more tracks, for a lot of people, it makes sense to automate the process and have it run unattended while they do something else. Maybe see a movie, or have some beer. For some other people doing the process manually is fine too.

Fredducker Member IconComment+43

I give up after 5 tries and almost an hour and a half... and I had just ONE encrypted mp3 to convert! It's obvious that for a lot of people this program crashes or stops working half-way through. The same happened for me. While some of the steps work fine, it's a real pain to have to restart the whole process (for example when you have gotten as far as copying the tracks onto a cd-rw and the program stalls, you'll have to redo everything from the beginning).
This program could be good if you could chose what step to proceed to (1-gathering files, 2-burning them and most important 3-ripping them) without having to wait or restart over. And if it didn't crash or stall without giving you a reason.

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Version 3.0
Burning Thumb Software (Developer)

Please see my generic reply in the forum. Please contact me directly if you have a problem.

Tim Kolar Member IconReview+1
Tim Kolar

I just got done (after six crashes) with an attempt to unlock my library:

Started with
1098 Protected tracks
Brand new Memorex High Speed CD-RW (12x)

Ended with
1087 MP3 tracks generated

On the order of 300 corrupted or truncated tracks.

My iTunes library is completely screwed. I now have 1087 suspect files sprinkled through it, and no simple way to find and remove them.

The most visible corruptions are tracks that were 2-3 minutes long and are now 2-3 seconds long.

I'm also a bit curious about the 11 files that got lost, but I'll be generous and guess it lost those while crashing.

How DRMDumpster could be better:

1) Stop crashing.
2) Do some basic checks on the imported tracks to see if they fit the profiles of the tracks they're supposed to be replacing. Start with length.
3) Stop relying on physical media. The corruptions pretty clearly result from the read/write cycle to the CD-RW. This whole thing should be done on a virtual CD.

To the authors: Sorry to pan your product, but an iTunes library full of corrupted MP3s that I have to dig out by hand leaves me in a considerably worse position than I was when I started.

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Version 3.0
Burning Thumb Software (Developer)

iTuens does all the burning and ripping. Any such burn / rip problems are iTuens or corrupt library problems. Remember DRM Dumpster automates what you would do manually and you would get the same results doing it manually. In other words its not a DRM Dumpster problem that you got truncated tracks.

Any crashing is a DRM Dumpster bug that I'd like to fix. For every person that has contacted me directly, I have fixed the problem (or figured out it was a previously corrupt iTunes Library that as soon as they rebuilt their iTunes Library the problem went away).

But in order to help I need to see the crash log. In other words get direct feedback. Please send me an email at support@burningthumb.com

I have used the software personally (actually that is why I wrote it) and converted my complete library several times flawlessly. The only way software can be made better is for folks to use it under different conditions than me to provide that direct feedback so that their issues can be addressed.

Just posting that "I had problems" in a public forum really has the opposite effect. Fewer people use the software, no direct feedback is provided, and the software does not get better.

If you want better software, and I have said it in this forum before, contact me directly first, post to the forum based on your experience after that.

Cerebrl Member IconReview+203

First of all, I was very skeptical about this software (every other software I tried failed to "unprotect" songs correctly), but after trying the free demo, I was SOLD! The demo converted 30 Protected AAC files perfectly. It carried over my tags, all the comments, and my ratings!

And yes, you could do this the manual way if you are not willing to pay $25 (on sale at the moment), but who in their right mind wants to waste an entire day going through that process. I would rather pay the $25, go mountain biking, watch a movie or whatever I want to and come back to a perfectly converted library.

Pros: completely automatic, good audio format choices, free demo that works, simple to use (just READ the readme file before proceeding) and is perfectly legal (like anyone cares, right?).

Cons: ugly icon, uses quite a bit of CPU power and kind of slow (speed limited to CD writer and CD-RW used)

Suggestions: audio adjustment would be great (volume adjustment and/or EQ adjustments) when burned and imported, if possible. And, maybe a pause and resume button, if possible.

Thanks for a program that works!

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Version 2.1.9
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Date 04 Dec 2012
Platform OS X / Intel 32
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