If only someone had made this knowledge clear to me before I bought a $60 piece of software to strip the DRM from my Windows Digital Copies, so I could use them on my iPad 2. It definitely would’ve saved me more time than I’d like to admit, and it would’ve lessened the strain that I’ve been putting on my Vaio these past few days. You see, a few months back I decided to start downloading the Windows version of the digital copy that comes packed in with most new Blu-rays these days, mainly because I wanted to use them on my Android based phones. I couldn’t redeem the iTunes version because they only work on Apple approved devices unless you manage to strip out the DRM file, so that’s why I started going with the Windows format.
Well, that was until I went out last weekend and dropped a boat load of cash on a new iPad 2. Now I was stuck with half of my digital movie collection in iTunes format, and the other half in Windows format, which won’t work on Apple’s tablet without removing the DRM. I did what any logical thinker would do and grabbed Daniusoft’s DRM removal suite and got to work on converting my Windows digital copies to an approved iTunes format.
This is not a an efficient process by any means, because it requires the entire movie to be played so the DRM can be removed, and then after that the file gets converted to the appropriate format for use on an iDevice. I would say a typical movie that runs around 2 hours in length could take up to 4-6 hours to convert depending on how much horsepower you have in your rig. After a few fails, and some successes I decided to try throwing in the Digital Copy disc from one of the movies that I was converting manually to see if I could just re-download the file in the iTunes format.
You may be wondering why I didn’t try that first, but considering most of the digital copies say they can only be downloaded once, I didn’t really think of it as a possibility. I really didn’t think that these money hungry studios would ever let us sad-sacks download both the Windows and iTunes version of our purchased movies without having to pay extra for it.
Well, I was wrong, mostly! Out of 5 movies that I tried to re-download, only one said I couldn’t download the iTunes version because I already used my code on the Windows format. The scumbag in question was ‘Iron Man 2’, but ‘Inception’, ‘Scott Pilgrim’, ‘Predators’, and ‘The Expendables’ all allowed me to download both versions of the digital copy, which saved me a retarded amount of processing time, and ultimately spared my laptop from some intense slave labor.
The lesson learned here is simple. Always try the most obvious solution first, because as crazy as it may sound it usually works out. If I would’ve just given this a go last week I would already have moved on to bigger and better things when it comes to what to put on my iPad 2. Again, if you’re trying to get a digital copy of one of your favorite movies to work on an iDevice, or any other mobile gadget you should just try to re-download it first. If that fails then take the long road and strip it, convert it, and drop it on your new toy. It’ll save you precious hours that can be used to waste on other things like playing videogames and eating Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs. You’ve been enlightened into the inner workings of movie digital copies…
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