On Our Way to DRM MAD [5:41 pm]
Now part of the whole shtick with Hymn is that even though it strips the iTunes DRM, it leaves your email address and other unique purchasing information in the protected AAC file, ostensibly to symbolically signify that Hymn users aren’t trying to spread their fairly-purchased music files to the whole world, but instead to whatever devices they want. I unlocked mine so that I could be sure to play them after I had reformatted my machine. I’m pretty sure Apple has a method of reauthorizing your computer, but that’s a hassle. But now the new version of iTunes has recognized that the DRM-stripped M4P files were purchased from iTMS and is telling me my (reformatted, reinstalled) machine isn’t authorized to play them. So gee, thanks for that, Apple.
[...] The saddest part is this means the next version of Hymn will probably strip out the personal information from the legally-purchased files, since Apple is too beholden to the RIAA to look the other way. I love iTunes, I think it’s a joy to use, but Christ, I get the message. Sorry I tried to play by your rules.