January 5, 2004

Jon Johansen and iTunes [5:50 pm]

Just in time for MacWorld we get this from The Register: iTunes DRM cracked wide open for GNU/Linux. Seriously. (the code)

Norwegian programmer Jon Lech Johansen, who broke the DVD encryption scheme, has opened iTunes locked music a tad further, by allowing people to play songs they’ve purchased on iTunes Music Store on their GNU/Linux computers.

“We’re about to find out what Apple really thinks about Fair Use,” Johansen told The Register via email.

Johansen cracked iTunes DRM scheme in November by releasing code for a small Windows program that dumps the stream to disk in raw AAC format. This raw format required some trivial additions to convert it to an MP4 file that could be played on any capable computer.

But in the best Apple ease-of-use tradition, Johansen has now made this completely seamless, integrating it with the VideoLAN streaming free software project.

Update: Slashdot discussion: DVD-Jon Breaks iTunes Encryption For Linux Users

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