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How to Play iTunes Movies on Linux (Ubuntu)?

For owners of the iPhone and iPods, iTunes is one of the most used applications for syncing music, videos, eBooks and other data file. You can also use iTunes to organize and play all your media files (music, video, TV Shows, etc.). That's great for users of the Mac OS and Windows, which both have versions of iTunes. But what about Linux? Is there iTunes for Linux?

Enjoy iTunes Movies on Linux

GuideWhy Apple doesn’t want to release iTunes for Linux?

When you try to play iTunes movie on your Linux computer, you’ll quickly find out that iTunes isn’t available natively on Linux. Why Apple doesn't port iTunes to Linux? One argument we've heard is that Apple wouldn't make a significant amount of money from their Music Store from Linux users and the percentage of people aware of Linux is really really small, and therefore there is no monetary incentive for such a release. Besides, releasing iTunes for Linux would give people one more alternative to Windows, thus hurting their main competition at least a little.

Now that you can't directly play iTunes videos on Linux via iTunes, how can you play the iTunes Rental and purchased movies that are protected by Apples' Fairplay DRM technology on Linux? No more worries, there’s a better option.

GuideBest Tool to Help You Play iTunes Movies on Linux

If you have successfully downloaded the content from iTunes to local PC/ Mac and are experiencing playback issues on Linux, the following is a great program that might help you with the problem.

There is a useful tool called M4VGear DRM Media Converter (For Mac | For Windows), which is an easy-to-use but professional DRM removal tool and can help you remove iTunes M4V DRM legally and convert them to multiple formats, such as MP4, MOV, MPEG, AVI, WMV, etc. Besides that, M4VGear can also keep original video quality, keeping all subtitles and audio tracks (including 5.1 audio track).

In the following guide, we would show you how to use M4VGear to remove DRM from iTunes M4V videos for playing on Linux in detail.

Guide Tutorial: How Convert iTunes Movie on Linux?

Step 1: System Requirements:

Things you need A computer with Windows OS or Mac OS

Things you need The latest version of iTunes

Things you need The latest version of M4VGear iTunes M4V Converter

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Step 2: Add iTunes M4V Files

Launch M4VGear, click "Add Movies" button on the upper left or on the center of the interface. A pop-up window would display all your iTunes purchases and rentals, including movies, TV shows and music videos.

Note: There is a more efficiently way to import the file, which is directly drag and drop videos into M4VGear.

Add iTunes Videos to M4VGear

Step 3: Choose Output Format

Select the output profile formats from the button. M4VGear supports batch conversion after choosing different output profile for each video file. Output format as "Lossless MP4" is highly recommended, which enables users convert at 20 times faster speed while keeping Dolby 5.1 audio track and all subtitles.

Tip: If you need to change the output format or output directory, you can click the small icon next to "Lossless MP4" to change the output format. There are various output format for you to choose from.

Choose Output Format

Step 4: Convert iTunes M4V to MP4 Format

Click output profile button to begin converting iTunes M4V movies to plain MP4 format.

Convert iTunes M4V videos to MP4

Step 5: Transfer Well Converted Movies to Linux

Now that you have successfully removed DRM from iTunes Movies, you can directly find the well-converted files by clicking the "Converted Movies" button and transfer them from your Windows/Mac computer to your Linux computer for playing. Enjoy!

Video Tutorial: How to Convert iTunes Movies to MP4 for Playing on Linux?


Please note: The trial version of M4VGear allows you to convert a 1-minute of iTunes videos for sample testing. If you are satisfied with M4VGear and want to unlock the time restriction, you can buy the full version at $44.95 ($49.95).

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