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Hymnal

May 19, 2004

Engadget provides a step-by-step guide to using Hymn (formerly Playfair) to remove Apple’s FairPlay Digital Rights Management (DRM) from songs purchased from iTunes Music Store (ITMS).

Interestingly enough, to run Hymn on a Mac, you also need an iPod.  Hymn on the PC does not require an iPod in order to access the keys, but only runs in command-line mode.

Bear in mind that Hymn is only useful if you actually have legitimate rights to the song in iTunes to begin with (ie: you’re the purchaser, or have been authorized by the purchaser), and the resulting DRM-less file still has all of your purchase information in it—if it turns up on a P2P network somewhere, you should probably expect someone to come knocking on your door with a subpoena.  If you’re in the US, using this is probably a violation of the DMCA (This is a good time to remind you to write your congresscritter NOW, and ask them to support current DMCA reform actions).  It’s also likely a violation of the iTunes terms of service.

Let’s be careful out there…



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