I’ve always been a fan of iTunes, but one downfall of the iTunes Store is the licensing restrictions placed on the music (Digital Rights Management or DRM) that stops you from using your music in various ways. I don’t know about you, but where I live, it’s illegal to try to get around the DRM rules. So, when Apple announced a new service in the iTunes Store, I was really happy! Most iTunes music downloads now come with iTunes Plus, which is higher quality and no DRM. If you’re interested in learning more about that, keep reading. I’ll tell you how you can get new music with iTunes Plus and even upgrade your old tunes. Let’s go!
Buying New Songs with iTunes Plus
iTunes Plus is included by default on most songs in all iTunes Stores (U.S., U.K., etc.), so all you have to do is download! You’ll know if the song is iTunes Plus if there’s a plus sign (+) next to the song’s price.
Upgrading Your Old Songs
Unfortunately, if you bought songs before iTunes Plus was introduced and you want to remove the DRM restrictions from them, you have to pay a fee of $0.30 per song. If you’d still like to do that though, here’s how:
1.) Go to the iTunes Store homepage, scroll down until you see the iTunes Plus ad and then click on it.
2.) You should see all of your non-iTunes Plus songs and the option to buy an upgrade to iTunes Plus. If you want to do that, simply click on the Buy button.
And you’re done! Now, all you have to do is sit back and wait for the downloads to finish. Enjoy!
~ Brandon Zubek