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How to download itunes free video/audio without iTunes?

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    How to download itunes free video/audio without iTunes?


    I have an online course where the audio/video files are in itune store, but everytime I click on the link, it said itmss protocol is not registered in Windows, so the only solution seems to download/install iTunes for Windows. I'm trying to use VLC for all my audio/video files, so if I can avoid installing iTunes and still be able to download and watch the course video/audio, would be ideal.

    Here are my questions:
    - how can I visit itune store and check which free video/audio files are available to download. The ideal would be just click on the link, but everytime I tried that, the FF responded that does not know how to handle it.
    - what's the format used by apple for audio/video files in itune store?
    - supposed that I could download the video/audio files from itune store, is it possible to play with VLC?

    My environment:
    - Windows 8.1 pro
    - VLC 2.1.3
    - 6GB RAM
    - intel i3 CPU

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    Posts : 8
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by michaelbr View Post
    I have an online course where the audio/video files are in itune store, but everytime I click on the link, it said itmss protocol is not registered in Windows, so the only solution seems to download/install iTunes for Windows. I'm trying to use VLC for all my audio/video files, so if I can avoid installing iTunes and still be able to download and watch the course video/audio, would be ideal.

    Here are my questions:
    - how can I visit itune store and check which free video/audio files are available to download. The ideal would be just click on the link, but everytime I tried that, the FF responded that does not know how to handle it.
    - what's the format used by apple for audio/video files in itune store?
    - supposed that I could download the video/audio files from itune store, is it possible to play with VLC?

    My environment:
    - Windows 8.1 pro
    - VLC 2.1.3
    - 6GB RAM
    - intel i3 CPU
    Answers to Questions:
    1. You can check here -> https://itunes.apple.com/ph/genre/music/
    2. Format: Audio -> MPEG-4
    Video -> MOV
    3. Yes, it's possible to be played in VLC
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zener View Post
    Answers to Questions: 1. You can check here -> https://itunes.apple.com/ph/genre/music/ 2. Format: Audio -> MPEG-4 Video -> MOV 3. Yes, it's possible to be played in VLC
    Thanks for your reply, I tried your link, but everytime I tried to download the video/audio, it kept asking to download iTune, how can I bypass this step and download the file directly? Is it possible?
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  4. #4


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8


    The intuitive way to download iTunes free video is probably recording it using a freeware like CamStudio. Since such tool works as recording any screen activity on desktop, it also works for the video as long as you play it in full screen. Hope it helps.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    If a particular videos that you want is protected with a DRM then you will not be able to play it in VLC. If the course is free then you might not have to pay for the video but most of the time iTunes video equals DRM equals you can't play it, except in iTunes with the license downloaded.

    I have had to use sound taxi to convert video files, but when you do that it drastically loses quality. With music however I just right-click on the audio file and there's a choice to convert to MP3. But it would not hurt you to install iTunes, it's better if you look for a version of iTunes 11 which still works
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