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23-10-2008, 13:14
Recently, Dell has become a major player in the PocketPC arena thanks to its Axim line and attractive price. As we all know, Dell PDA Axims can handle WMA and MP3 music, but they cannot support protected audio files such as M4P, AAC, M4B, WMA, AA, OMA, etc. If you want to use iTunes DRM protected audio files on your Axims, you have to convert them to WMA or MP3 first.

At present, there are three methods for removing DRM from the protected audio files:

1. Burn the protected music files to CD-R or CD-RW disc to make an audio CD within iTunes or other media player.

2. Use recording software such as NoteCable. It can record any copy-protected music and audio book files (M4P, WMA, AA and M4B) as they are being played and save the recordings as unprotected audio files (MP3, WMA or WAV).

3. If you don't have a physical burner, you may use a virtual burner software such as TunePat, which works as a CD burner emulator. Since the virtual CD emulates your computer RAM and hard disk as erasable CD-RW drive (Virtual CD-RW), the converting speed is 10 times faster than burning music to physical CD or using recording tricks.

To convert the DRM music to WMA or MP3 using TunePat with iTunes, you can follow the steps below:

1. Run TunePat, and set wma or mp3 as the output format.

2. Run iTunes, and choose TunePat Virtual_CD_RW as the CD burner.
3. Click the Burn button, and the protected music files will be automatically burned to the selected format (WMA or MP3).

After the DRM protected audio files are being converted to WMA or MP3 format, you can either connect your Dell PDA Axims to the computer using a cradle or a sync cable to import the WMA or MP3 files to your Axims.