- This first program, MagicISO, will convert up to 3 minutes per song for 14 days without purchasing -- I tried a song under 3 minutes and it seemed to work fine. You can buy it for $30 or get it free when you buy a 3rd party item or service through their site. For example, you can get the 2009 Entertainment Book for $25.
- Your second option is NoteBurner -- a $35 software that will allow you to burn to a virtual CD, and then back to MP3s. This batch converter works with iTunes, Windows Media Player, RealPlayer, Winamp, and SonicStage.
- Another option is TuneBite. TuneBite appears to play and capture, getting you an exact copy. I think there could be a risk of error if ran on a slow computer, though. Its trial captures the first 1 minute, which worked without a flaw on my testing. It also has other features such as capturing YouTube videos. This software runs for $27.
- If you're looking for something for free and you are running iTunes 7 or earlier, you might try myFairTunes7. I couldn't test this one as I am on iTunes 8, but it looks promising. Being that this is an open source project, it wouldn't surprise me if it eventually had a version released that supported iTunes 8.
- Another option for iTunes 7 users is QTFairUse from DVD John. This program has received a lot of press, as every time iTunes got a new release, this program has been updated. Again, this is a potential program that will have iTunes version 8 support before too long.
If you're looking for alternatives to iTunes for the source of your music, Sony just announced an agreement with Dada.net, selling DRM free tracks for only $0.66. Perhaps you want a bigger collection? Try Amazon.com's music store. Rock on.
Update 12:30 pm 07-Oct-2008: I might also add that some songs are available through iTunes (iTunes Plus) that are DRM free.