I have recently been down this road but in a different direction. My kids both have iPods, which I tried to discourage for as long as I could. But I gave in to the constant "but everybody else has iPods, why can't we?". Not being familiar with iTunes, I didn't set up the ripping feature correctly and any music they ripped was converted to the m4a format, which is not DRM protected. Then last Christmas they received iTunes gift cards. Luckily they only purchased around 50 songs from the iTunes store, which are in the DRM m4p format. Now my daughter wants to make mp3 disks for her car. iTunes will not do this for you. In fact the only thing you can do is make an audio cd. I was able to convert all of the m4a files to mp3 with a free utility app found here:http://pragmattica.wordpress.com/2008/0 ... -on-linux/
To convert the DRM m4p files I used a Windows app called Noteburner. I was able to convert their 50 songs with just using the trial version.http://www.downloadatoz.com/noteburner- ... converter/
Now that I have all their music files converted to mp3, I am not going to let them purchase any DRM music. You can also make iTunes to keep everything in mp3 format so hopefully I will not have this problem in the future.
Hope this helps.