Apple DRM cracked, kind of

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by varmit, Mar 18, 2005.

  1. varmit macrumors 68000

    varmit

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    http://apple.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/03/18/1324235&tid=141&tid=3

    The DRM for Apples music gets added in after the download completes, so this program opts out of adding it basically. But note, you still need to buy the song to be able to take the DRM out. So its not as big a deal as if this was to happen to napster, plus you don't need to burn a CD then rerip and loose any quality to the download.
     
  2. jholzner macrumors 65816

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    I think it's Windows only though :(
     
  3. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    Didn't he do this over 6 months ago? Is Slashdot scraping for news now?
     
  4. stoid macrumors 601

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    I guess that this strengthens the security-by-obscurity argument about Mac viruses. In the OS world MS is dominant and is hacked and virused and such, while Mac OS X remains untouched. In the music world Apple's DRM has had a lot more security issues than Microsoft's WMA protection. This could be because far more people use iTunes and therefore are more eager to crack it. Also, will a hacker actually pay the subscription fee to Napster et. al. while trying to figure out how to bypass their DRM?
     
  5. Bear macrumors G3

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    Actually, they might. Espcially if they can hack it in a month or less.
     
  6. varmit thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Its code has been released too, and it has been concidered easily ported. I think they even have a Linux port already. Not sure, I'll check later.
     
  7. varmit thread starter macrumors 68000

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    There is also a program that is called Hymn, that I never knew about. It seems to strip the DRM out of protected AAC files. http://www.hymn-project.org/ Just a drag and drop program I believe for both mac and windows.
     

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