iTunes DRM cracked wide open for GNU/Linux

By on January 6, 2004, 1:18 PM
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.

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StormBringer said:
Guess Johansen likes to live dangerously, either that or he is feeling a bit "bulletproof" after his defeat of the MPAA [url]
MrGaribaldi said:
Hehe..The point is that he's allready been aquitted twice in the MPAA case, and the new program falls into the same category in Norwegian law...All he does is remove the protection so he can make a legal copy for himself... Gotta love those Fair Use paragraphs :)
Federelli said:
hehehee :D:DSmart guy indeed, more guys like him are needed around the globe, brave guys with brains
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