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  1. #1
    AO French Antique News Whore
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    Aug 2001

    Hackers build back door into iTunes

    A trio of independent programmers has released new software that allows people to tap into Apple Computer's iTunes music store and purchase songs free of any anticopying protections.

    Joined by Jon Johansen, the Norwegian programmer responsible for distributing DVD-cracking code in late 1999, the programmers say their "PyMusique" software is a "fair" interface for iTunes, primarily aimed at allowing people who use the Linux operating system to purchase music from Apple's store.

    But with a Windows version of the software also available, it's likely to trigger a legal response from Apple, which has closely guarded access to its online music store and has depended on its copy-protection software to gain rights to sell music online.

    An Apple representative could not immediately be reached for comment.

    The PyMusique release is the latest and most ambitious skirmish in a long-running battle between Apple and hackers intent on removing digital rights management from the company's songs. As the most popular online music store, Apple has helped prove that consumers will purchase copy-protected songs but also has been a test case for whether that copy-protection can sustain attacks.

    The PyMusique programmers say they have created the software so that it saves the song in the unprotected form initially used by Apple, before it is wrapped in a protective layer. Because it doesn't actually break through the copy protection, they've predicted in blog postings that the software is legal.

    Apple's iTunes terms of service do seem to disallow any unauthorized access, however.

    "You will not access the service by any means other than through software that is provided by Apple for accessing the service," the iTunes terms of service says.

    A test of the PyMusique software showed that it did allow purchase of songs from iTunes, and that the songs were saved in the unprotected AAC digital music format, rather than in Apple's protected Fairplay format. Songs could not be downloaded without establishing an iTunes account and paying the ordinary price for the music.

    Johansen said the work is specific to Apple's store, and would not be easily applied to other download stores, such as those operated by Napster and Microsoft.

    "I can't say whether it's possible without looking into it first," Johansen said in an e-mail. "The iTunes Music Store sells files in a open format--AAC--which is what makes it attractive."

    Johansen said that two other programmers, Travis Watkins and Cody Brocious, had written the bulk of the software, while he had developed the Windows version.
    Source : http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9588_22-5625991.html

    Why is M$ music store not hack? It's not as popular at Apple one!
    -Simon \"SDK\"

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    Hackers breach Apple's online music

    A group of computer hackers has released software that lets people access Apple Computer's online music store and buy music tracks that are devoid of any copyright protections.
    More at : http://news.ft.com/cms/s/3a91af0e-98...00e2511c8.html

    I think its now Apple's turn after Miscrosoft.
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  3. #3
    AO French Antique News Whore
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    Apple was fix here!

    Apple Computer has closed a security hole that allowed an underground program to tap into its iTunes Music Store and purchase songs stripped of antipiracy protections.

    The PyMusique software, created by a trio of independent programmers online, emerged last week as a copy protection-free back door into the popular iTunes store. One of the creators was Jon Johansen, the Norwegian programmer responsible for releasing DVD-copying software in 1999.

    Apple released a statement Monday saying the problem had been fixed, and that some iTunes customers would need to upgrade their software.

    "The security hole in the iTunes Music Store which was recently exploited has been closed, and as a consequence the iTunes Music Store will now sell music only to customers using iTunes version 4.7," the company said in a statement.

    Like all other digital music companies, Apple has been dealing continually with hackers intent on finding ways around the antipiracy protections that are added to songs as they are sold online. The company has upgraded its iTunes software several times to block unauthorized programs' access.

    Johansen has been one of the most persistent of those programmers, releasing several tools that have helped others tap into the inner workings of the iTunes software, and even remove the copy protections.

    PyMusique itself was the creation of several different programmers, including 17-year-old Pennsylvania high school student Cody Brocious, who last week said he was simply trying to create a way for Linux-based computers to use the iTunes store.

    A test of PyMusique on Monday morning showed that it was still able to preview songs in the iTunes music store, but no longer able to purchase music.

    An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment on whether the company is considering legal action on the issue.

    Only about 15 percent of iTunes users would be affected by the need to upgrade to the latest version of the software, the company said in its statement.
    Source : http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9588_22-5628616.html
    -Simon \"SDK\"

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    Frustrated Mad Scientist
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    Dec 2004
    It's open again!

    Less than 48 hours after Apple repelled fair use activists, the iTunes Music Store can be again accessed from any platform, allowing customers to buy music unencumbered by DRM.

    A new version of PyMusique, 0.3, was released today which circumvented the block that Apple put in place on Monday. PyMusique simply allows users to become iTunes music customers without needing Apple's Mac and Windows-only iTunes client software, expanding Apple's customer base. So a PyMusique user can setup an account and pay for music - but not 'steal' songs for free. Because Apple only applies DRM at the client, it has the happy bonus that music won't be unencumbered by DRM and the ever-decreasing freedom that Apple permits. The application runs on any computer that runs Python and a few libraries, including the Gtk and crypto modules.

    "Our intent was not to circument (sic) copy protection, and if Apple did DRM on the server, we would leave it in place!" wrote Cody Brocious, one of the PyMusique developers.

    It's a sign that while Apple remains ahead of the activists, the anti-DRM developers are now only hours behind. Meanwhile, music sites that allow users to listen to, or buy music without DRM such as BetterPropaganda or Bleep can spend more resources improving their sites, rather than penalizing their users.

    Source :http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/03...blocks_itunes/

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    I think apple should just write itunes for all systems. Althought i am a mac lover that is one of their flaws is that the dont make enough software in windows (and other os's) versions

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