DRM cracks continue to thwart iTunes 7
Apple’s announcement of the newly revamped iTunes 7 during yesterday’s “Showtime” event came with many new updates and features to both the software and the iTunes Store.
One of those updates was to the FairPlay DRM encryption that Apple uses in the songs sold through iTunes 7, as it rendered DRM stripping software such as QTFairUse6 inoperable.
Well, it didn’t take developers very long—just a few hours after the Apple announcement, actually — to compile a new working version of QTFairUse6, version 2.3 (now at 2.4), that strips songs purchased through iTunes 7 of their DRM.
I have never bought an iTunes song myself and probably never will, instead I rip a CD that I have bought from a store as a MP3 – then I know it will play on any portable player around town that I may own in the future. Eg, if I buy a Zune what happens to itunes store music? I guess that’s one valid (and maybe legal in Australia because we are allowed to move music formats legally) reason for this program.