Today only, freebie-software site Giveaway of the Day is offering Wondershare Music Converter, normally $29.95, free.
True to its name, the program converts music files from one format to another--great if you have, say, some WMAs you want to turn into MP3s. But it can also remove the DRM protection from AAC, WMA, and other popular protected formats.
Now that stores like Amazon, Rhapsody, and even iTunes sell DRM-free music, this is less of a big deal than it used to be. But if you still have DRM-infested tracks in your library, here's your chance to liberate them once and for all.
Wondershare is an admirably easy program to use: Just queue up the tracks you want to convert, choose an output format and destination, and click Start. For DRM strip-jobs, you'll first need to point the program to the folders containing your protected files, and then use the DRM Finder option to add them to the queue.
Wondershare can also extract the audio from DRM-protected video files: M4V, WMV, and so on. I used it to turn Weird Al Yankovic's "White & Nerdy" video, which I bought from iTunes, into an MP3. It worked like a charm!
In case you're unfamiliar with Giveaway of the Day, the only catch is time: You must download and install the software before the day is out. Other than that, it's a bona fide freebie for life (or at least until you move to a new PC).