View Full Version : Latest iTunes hack creates more noise

16-04-04, 02:28

Not too long ago a rather "rough" tool to crack the DRM (Digital Rights Management) scheme used by Apple's iTunes was released named "QTFairUse". The ironically Windows only program caused no limit of controversy (http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/36037) after the source code showed up on the web. The program extracted DRM-free, AAC data from a protected AAC stream as it played in the Quicktime player. The program was a little rough around the edges however, leading an anonymous developer to modify it further and create the next thorn in Apple's side: a program dubbed "PlayFair". It's currently hosted at a SourceForge-like site in India after an Apple lawsuit (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/04/09/playfair_dmca_takedown/) last week forced the program's anonymous developer to support offshoring.

From the site's description: "It takes one of the iTMS Protected AAC Audio Files, decodes it using a key obtained from your iPod or Microsoft Windows system and then writes the new, decoded version to disk as a regular AAC Audio File. It then optionally copies the metadata tags that describe the song, including the cover art, to the new file." Because it is a key based system, users can only decode AACs from the Music store they own, and not those from other users. Since the program emerged, it has fueled a new round of debate over the future of digital rights management and the success Apple will have in keeping the music secure.

DSL Reports (http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/42322)

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16-04-04, 02:57