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Sync iTunes with Surface RT - How to transfer movies from Mac iTunes to Surface RT tablet

This article mainly shows you the Mac way to convert and DRM iTunes M4V to MP4 videos for transferring and playback with Microsoft Surface RT tablet without restrictions.

With a larger and satisfying definition screen, the Microsoft Surface RT tablet is really a great portable video player for you to enjoy movies. If you have some purchased some M4V movies from iTunes store, you way want to transfer those iTunes video files from Mac computer to your Windows RT based Surface tablet for playback. However, you will most likely have a hard time synchronizing your iTunes movies to Surface RT tablet via Mac. Get frustrated? Here you'll find the best solution.

As we know, M4V videos purchased from iTunes store are protected by Apple's FairPlay DRM and can only play on Apple products. In addition, M4V is not a video formats supported by Surface RT tablet. Of course, you can't play them on your Surface RT without any additional effort. To atch iTunes movies on the RT Surface tablet, you'll need to remove DRM protection from M4V and convert M4V to Surface tablet compatible video formats like MP4 on your Mac.

To finish your task, an all-in-one DRM removal and video converter is needed. Here we highly recommend Pavtube ChewTune Mac, a powerful Mac iTunes DRM video converter that lets you convert protected iTunes M4V to unprotected MP4 for view on Surface RT. Now just download it and follow the steps below to get the work done without any troubles.

How to Convert iTunes M4V for play on Surface RT Tablet on Mac

The quick tutorial uses ChewTune for Mac Screenshots. The way encoding iTunes movies to Surface RT on Windows is almost the same, but a little easier than the way on Mac.

To use ChewTune for Mac, it is required that iTunes latest version be installed and correctly configured, which means you'll need to

1. Please don’t use iTunes during converting, or an error may occur.
2. This iTunes Converter for Mac software cannot convert unplayable iTunes files, such as damaged iTunes videos and unauthorized iTunes videos.
3. If your system is Mac 10.7, please set to run iTunes in 32-bit mode. Do as the follow:
iTunes for Mac: Older media files may require iTunes to reopen in 32-bit mode

Step 1. Install and run the top Mac iTunes to Surface Converter on your Mac/Mac Book/Mac BookPro, iMac, and put in password for user account as it requires.


Step 2. Press the “Add” icon to browse to iTunes library movie folder. In Finder window, open Music-> iTunes-> iTunes Media-> specific movie folder-> single .m4v file, and then press on “Choose”.


Step 3. Choose the best video format for Surface RT tablet. Here I recommend you select "Microsoft Surface Windows RT H.264 Video (*.mp4)" from "Windows" category. This format is specially designed for Surface RT Tablet with HD playback quality and supplies full-screen effect. If you like, you can click "Settings" to change the video encoder, resolution, frame rate, etc as you wish.


Step 4. After the above steps, just click "Convert" to start conversion from iTunes m4v to Surface RT mp4 on Mac OS X.

The software works like most other DRM removal softwares I've used. For Mac users, just follow the guide above to finish your work of transferring iTunes m4v to your Surface tablet on Mac OS X Snow Leopard, Mac OS X Lion etc. For Windows users, you can follow how to get iTunes movies ported over Surface tablet to finish your work on Windows (Windows 8 included).

Once the process completes, download and transfer the result videos from Mac to the tablet. So there you have it. Now you are free to experience and watch iTunes movies on Microsoft Surface RT tablet as you want.

If you have no idea about Surface file transfer, you can check out the post The Ways Transferring Files to Your Surface to learn more. If you have any problem when enjoying videos on Surface tablet, just check out Microsoft Surface RT Column to learn more.


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Remove DRM from iTunes M4V and Sync iTunes library to Surface RT and Pro

This article will show you how to get music, movies or TV-shows purchased from iTunes to Microsoft Surface RT for smoothly playing.

Q: I just bought a new Surface tablet and I am wondering if I could play music files I purchased on iTunes on my Surface RT? I have searched around the internet but I haven't got a specific answer to this question. Besides, the movies and TV-shows I have purchased on iTunes will be playable on my Surface RT?

A: Before answering your question, keep in mind that the Windows RT based Surface tablet can not play any iTunes purchases with Apple Digital Rights Management (FairPlay DRM). However, all iTunes songs (at least in the US) will be DRM-free in steps since April 7, 2009. From my experience, if the song isn't copy protected it should play. For the little copyrighted iTunes songs, in .m4p format, you can upgrade these songs to DRM-free files for US$0.30/song or use DRM removal software to strip DRM from them free of charge.

For iTunes videos, if they are video podcasts from iTunes, you can play them on your Surface RT without any problem. But if they are Movies, TV-shows or Music videos which you purchased directly through iTunes store, they are all with DRM protection. DRM can not stop you transferring iTunes video purchases to Surface RT, but the videos will say "this file is not supported" or "this video can't be played" when you play these iTunes movies/TV shows on the Surface RT tablet.


In order to play iTunes video files on Microsoft Surface RT, you have to remove DRM from iTunes movies and convert iTunes M4V files to Surface RT compatible video formats(MP4 with H.264 video codec is highly recommended). To get the work done, a DRM Removal software is needed. If you're looking for ease-to-use, just check out Pavtube's ChewTune, which is an intuitive and stable DRM converter to help you remove DRM protection from iTunes, Amazon, Zune, BBC iPlayer, Napster, Blockbuster, etc. and convert videos to all popular video formats like MP4, MOV, MKV, WMV, AVI, FLV, etc. for playing and sharing anywhere you like. Meanwhile the playback of the converted videos is as decent as possible as original. The equivalent Mac version is the ChewTune Mac, which can convert and transfer iTunes movies to Surface RT on Mac OS X. Free download the right version and enjoy your iTunes M4V movies on Microsoft Surface RT without any hassle!

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Convert, Transfer and Play iTunes movies on Surface RT

The quick start guide below uses ChewTune Windows screenshots. The way to encoding iTunes M4V to Surface on Mac is almost the same. Just make sure you get the right version according to your computer operating system.

Step 1: Add iTunes movies to the software. Launch the DRM converter and click "Add Video" "Add Folder" to load the iTunes video files to the program for converting. You can also simply drag and drop media files to the source pane to add. Batch conversion is supported so that you can add multiple files.


Step 2: Choose the output video format and output folder. Click "Format" bar and move mouse to "Windows" column, you can easily find the profile of "Microsoft Surface Windows RT H.264 Video (*.mp4)". The output videos could fit on Surface RT or Pro perfectly.


If you like, you can click "Settings" to change the video encoder, resolution, frame rate, etc. as you wish. For watching videos on the Windows RT based Surface Tablet, 720p with 1500~2500kbps is just all right. I found that bitrate higher results in big file size, and lower visible quality loss.

Step 3: After above steps, just click "Convert" to start removing iTunes DRM protection and converting iTunes M4V to Microsoft Surface RT MP4 videos.

Once the process completes, download and transfer the DRM-free iTunes videos to your Surface RT Tablet via USB cable. Then you are free to enjoy and watch iTunes movies on Microsoft Surface RT as you like.

And yes, this workaround works with Windows 8 as well, of course. Click here to get known the basic tips for watching movies on Microsoft Surface RT.

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