--NO court has specifically ruled on the legality of using programs such as Total Recorder to bypass the DRM technology employed by Apple's Itunes.
To determine whether we were complying with copyright law, we considered several legal doctrines as defined by statute and case law:
DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act of 1998): This Act makes it Unlawful to circumvent DRM technologies of copyrighted material. Apple's DRM only allows a consumer to play songs purchased from the ITUNES store on authorized computers. The format of the itunes prevents users from playing the songs using media players or mp3 players that do not read Apple's code. THE DMCA says that Apple can do this and you cannot circumvent it.
HOWEVER, the DMCA does not explicitly prevent circumvention by individual users for Fair Use Purposes.
In our case, we employed TOTAL RECORDER to convert Apple's Itunes to a format that would allow use to listen to the songs on our own personal media players. Had we then distributed these converted song files to friends, family, or anyone else, we would no longer be protected by FAIR USE and we would be subject to the penalties established by the DMCA....