I just purchased an MP3 player (not iPod). I purchased and downloaded an album from iTunes (who uses mpeg 4 file format) and tried converting them to MP3 (as my player doesn't support mpeg 4). iTunes has protection against this conversion. It seems Apple wants you locked into iPod. iTunes does not support other players. As I swore I'd never download from iTunes again, AnyDVD popped into my head (which I have running on my offline machine) so I burned a CD of the album, then copied (cdr) on the offline machine with the AnyDVD filter running. I then loaded the filtered copy back to the Mac and iTunes opened it without titles and info. I then knew the protection was not on the copy. Now I'm able to convert the selections to MP3 and load them on my less expensive player and enjoy what I gladly paid for the way I intended. Maybe this is sophomoric, maybe another forum browser will find it useful.