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Apple’s FairPlay cracked by DVD Jon

The rule about every protection being beated sometimes has been confirmed once again: the locked ecosystem that Apple has created for its iPod is under threat from the machinations of an innocent-looking geek from Norway who has figured out a workaround to Apple’s DRM. Jon Lech Johansen, known in the blogosphere as DVD Jon for his work cracking DVD copy protection when he was just 15, is licencing technology through his company Double Twist to allow other music distributors the sell tracks for the iPod. By reverse-engineering Apple’s FairPlay copy protection, he’s discovered how to add coding to non-iTunes songs that mimics the FairPlay code, thus tricking the iPod into thinking it’s playing an iTunes track.

“Today’s reality is that there’s this itunes-ipod ecosystem that excludes everyone else from the market,â€? Johansen told Fortune magazine. “I don’t like closed systems.â€? He also said that he hasn’t broken the law because he hasn’t tried to remove Apple’s DRM, but rather has added another level of copy protection. “The law protects copyrights, but it doesn’t keep you locked into the iPod.â€? Good work buddy.

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  1. grimreaper2077
    October 25th, 2006 | 20:06

    I knew it was just a matter of time no matter how long that time was it would be done. Sweetness comes to those who wait. Excellent work my man!!!!!!

  2. SyntaxError
    October 25th, 2006 | 21:02

    If morons would simply quit downloading protected music, there wouldn’t be any problems with any DRM protection on any player.

    At any rate, hopefully this is one step closer to removing Apple DRM without the licenses, and maybe it will pave the way for removing MS DRM without the licenses as well.

    There’s some sites out there that will let you download their stuff for free, but you can’t play it without paying for the DRM licenses.

  3. bldy bolx
    October 26th, 2006 | 00:39

    That’s an idealistic view of the situation. In fact what happens in people buy music which happens to be copy protected, yes the consumer should vote against this, but I can’t see it happening.

  4. isonews
    October 26th, 2006 | 00:47

    good work!

  5. October 26th, 2006 | 02:23

    Definitely not an English major…

    “The rule about every protection being beated…”

    It’s “beaten” not “beated”.

  6. crimson
    October 26th, 2006 | 05:34

    “If morons would simply quit downloading protected music, there wouldn’t be any problems with any DRM protection on any player.” -> ah there are people (not me or anybody on this page i guess) that don´t want to break the law and do piracy ;p

    beside that i don´t understand why people buy this ipood crap there are far better players with more capacity for less money ? :)

  7. October 26th, 2006 | 09:20

    woops if ya can’t stomach the way M@ster types and don’t have the intelligence to fathom that maybe english wasn’t his first language then maybe you should keep your intelligently thought out replies to yourself….

  8. phishybongwaters
    October 26th, 2006 | 11:53

    crimson there’s a simple reason why people buy ipod.

    All the other mp3 players are FUCKING SHIT. Find me an mp3 player in the same price range as an Ipod and i’ll find you customer report forums full of people with complaints.

    I was one of them. Ipod’s just work, they don’t break, they don’t stop allowing you to upload music to them.

    I agree the people complaining about drm are retards, the point being here is they AREN’T. This is not breaking copy protection or apple’s DRM. It’s merely letting you upload songs to your ipod that aren’t ipod approved ;)

    He’s found a way to mimic the code that ipods use to allow music on them. Meaning you can upload tunes to it independant of apple.

    How could this possibly be a bad thing?

    Once again I’ll say this. M@ster’s first language is NOT english, as with the majority of the planet. With that, he’s got a much better grasp on it that most english speaking people here attempting to add something to these posts.

    I stress attempting

  9. KC
    October 26th, 2006 | 19:05

    since when has this become a website about all you losers to yell at each other over every small mistake made

  10. October 28th, 2006 | 02:50

    I see above some things that tickle my pet peeve / rant bone.

    1) Just ignore others spelling mistakes, they’re trying their best. At the same time keep your posts as clear as possible.

    2) Post in the proper topic for your question. Here’s the why: When this doesn’t happen, any constructive reply is also in the wrong place for users to find them. Simple.

    3)Scenario:

    User Billy asks in the correct topic on the correct site for some help on how to clear his cache or remove temporary files… on his work computer… because he’s been going to bad sites.

    My peeve is with the replies to his problem that say stuff like “you shouldn’t be on there” “you should fess up to your it department, you’re on your own”. It’s a tech site! Not a cybernanny site. I hate people taking the high road rather than providing constructive help. Help the guy out dammit, it’s not up to you to teach him a lesson, because he won’t learn it from you anyway. What he’ll do is go to a different site with INFORMATION on it, so in effect you’re harming your favorite tech support site.

    Rant over.
    Martin, love your input / opinions in the updates, keep them coming, respect.

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