Using iMovie to Crack iTMS Encryption?

August 4, 2004

Somebody’s gonna have some ‘splaining to do in Cupertino if this is true…

Mac Network News is reporting on claims that a German tech site ( is claiming that Apple’s own iMovie can be used to remove FairPlay DRM encryption on songs purchased via the iTunes Music Store.

So far, this is sounding like one of those “friend of a friend of a friend” stories, but I’m sure it won’t be long before somebody has this translated and tested.

Given Apple’s hissy fit over Hymn (formerly “PlayFair”) and the ongoing fight with Real over FairPlay on the iPod, this would be more than a skosh embarassing if it turned out to be the real deal.

Update: This apparently is just using iMusic to transcode the protected selection; in other words, it’s just a more complicated way of doing what burning a CD and re-ripping it does (with the same loss of quality.)


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