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Defeat DRM Apple Itune Files and Fair Use Rights when Dealing With Apple.

2010 Apple is dusting off FairPlay - the digital rights management used by iTunes - to protect electronic copies of books sold to iPad users. FairPlay irritated some iTunes users and was dropped for most music content last year. But when the iPad launches next month, along with the iBook store,
copyrighted content will have some restrictions on its use, the LA
Times reports. Apple's move will be criticised by some, but might be seen as a way to get more publishers interested in the gadget. Music firms had equal fears about putting content on iTunes without protection. The downside will likely be in the form of hiccups with the technology stopping people doing quite legal things with their content, and probable fury from the committed freetards opposed to any form of content management.

5/30/07 Apple embeds name, email addy and ID in so called DRM-free downloads
According to Ars Technica, Apple's iTunes site embeds account information, including billing name and AppleID in all purchased songs. Your AppleID is tied to the song; the song won't play without it. You can create a bogus billing name, your AppleID is tied to your credit card info. You can sign up for a 60-day free trial of .Mac which will generate an AppleID without a credit card. Similarly, if you go to, you can register an AppleID without a credit card. You can use it with a giftcard rather than a CC.

Apple lossless files, or download FLAC files from the Net. FLAC stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec. Grossly oversimplified, FLAC is similar to MP3, but lossless, meaning that audio is compressed in FLAC without any loss in quality. How To

"Apple's DRM-Free AAC Files Contain More Than Just Names and Email Addresses"
They ran tests on the same track bought by two different customers. One of them is 360 k larger than the other. to explain the difference they reckon "it may be that large amounts of iTunes library data are present in each file. It's also possible that Apple has found a way to watermark the AAC encoding itself, such that users would need to either crack the watermark or transcode the audio signal in order to produce a file that does not identify them as the source."

Apple only allows You to use your own purchased music on 5 machines.

A Story: Recently we upgraded computers from a g3 to a g4 and also traded an imac in for a laptop and a power Mac. Those were the 5 computers that we had.
Now the next upgrade computer won't have all the music that was BOUGHT on there. All the stolen stuff you can move around without problem. Someone needs to think of a better solution. Even if it took 10 years or more for someone to go through 5 computers the music should be yours for as long as you want to have it without having to keep the computer. Imagine if you had to keep one old dilapidated cd player forever cause that's the only one your cds would play in legally.

It's perfectly legal to copy the music you own to more than one computer. But the iPod won't help you do this. CopyPod, available for $20 with a two-week free trial, at . For Mac users, I like PodWorks, available for $8 with a limited-function 30-day free trial at . PodUtil, available for GBP 10 ($17.66), with an unlimited free trial, at Libra, costs $10 with an unlimited free trial period, is available at . It allows you to create multiple libraries, and to switch among them.

Getting Around Apple



Part of the copyright code, Section 1201 of the famous
Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, makes it illegal to break
digital locks to get at copyrighted works. But that doesn't make
unlockers criminals. The reason is an explicit exemption for personal
unlocking issued by the librarian of Congress in 2006. As the
librarian wrote, the locks "are used by wireless carriers to limit
the ability of subscribers to switch to other carriers, a business
decision that has nothing whatsoever to do with the interests
protected by copyright." If that's good enough for the librarian of
Congress, that's good enough for me.

Exploiting the iPhone

Teenager unlocks i-phone from AT&T

DVD Jon Lech Johansen, has cracked Apple's iPhone activation, or so he claims, meaning that iPhone buyers will be able to activate and use the new handset without having to commit to an AT&T wireless contract. Johansen announced his feat in a blog post entitled "iPhone Independence Day." The iPhone does not have phone capability, but the iPod and WiFi work.
Magic iTunes numbers:
Offset 2048912: 33C0C3
Offset 257074: 28
Offset 257013: 33C9B1
Add “” to c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
Download Phone Activation Server v1.0 to activate your iPhone for iPod+WiFi use. Note that this application will not do anything unless you understand the magic numbers as well as add the hosts entry. Phone Activation Server (PAS) requires that you have the MS .NET Framework 2.0 installed.
Download PAS v1.0 Source Code.

How to copy music from your ipod to your mac or pc
To do it manually, you'll need to turn on iPod Disk Mode from within iTunes, then enable Windows Explorer (or Finder for Mac users) to see hidden files; then just copy away as usual. Alternately you can use a non-Apple third party application like iPodRip, YamiPod or Senuti.

How to Burn Protected Tracks bought from iTunes
You can burn them as long as you are using the same copy of iTunes on the same computer you bought them on, via iTunes. Then you can import them back as MP3 files (for that you can use any software). This way you don't need to play the songs all the way through in order to convert them, and there's no loss of quality since there's no analog involved. And if you're using a CD-RW, you don't need to use up a CD every time you do it (unless you want them on CD as well, of course).
FYI: "high bit-rate mp3 files" aren't really high bit-rate -- the original iTunes files are only 128k to begin with, so you're only getting, say, a 192k file in name, not in quality.

CONVERT CD'S to MP3s, and upload them to your iPod

DVD Jon Breaks ITunes Security--Again Hacker is one of the creators of PyMusique, which lets you buy ITunes songs without DRM.

- Jon Johansen released PyMusique which lets you preview songs, register for an ITunes Music Store account, buy songs, and re-download them after purchasing - - a feature that ITunes does not support. But most notably, songs purchased and downloaded using PyMusique are not encrypted with FairPlay, the DRM technology used for all songs downloaded from the ITunes Music Store using ITunes itself.

Buy DRM-free songs from Apple's ITunes Music Store. Apple modified its store to lock out the first version of PyMusique, but PyMusique has been tweaked to get around Apple's lockout.

User's of Apple's iPod can also use a new plug-in, called "ml_iPod" or here to bypass protections on the device and manage their music with the Winamp software. The software, allows users to synch multiple iPods, use smart playlists, and download music from an iPod to a hard drive. Apple prohibits users from moving songs off the iPod in order to prevent widespread piracy, and associates each iPod with one copy of iTunes; if the association is changed, all songs on the iPod are erased. Users can combine ml_iPod with the Hymn Project software to bypass Apple's FairPlay digital rights management system.

FAIR USE AND Digital Rights Management

Jon Lech Johansen DVD Digital Rights Management
DVD Jon Reverse Engineers the iPod DVD Jon has reversed-engineered the FairPlay encryption technology that prevents users from playing iTunes files on "unauthorized" computers or devices. Johansen, through his firm Double Twist Ventures, is beginning to license the "work-around" to content providers that want to target the huge iPod market.
Songs purchased from Apple's iTunes store can't be played on non-iPod devices, and, if you've bought songs from other music stores, the chances are you won't be able to play them on the iPod either since they use a form of copy protection that Apple doesn't support. Johansen's latest company, DoubleTwist, has developed programs to get around these restrictions, and plans to license them to digital music stores that are looking to sell copy-protected songs capable of being played on the iPod. Johansen's driving force is his belief that users have the right to listen to songs they have bought legally on any device they own.

Jon Lech Johansen 5/05 released code called QTFairUse on his website that could circumvent anti-piracy software for Apple Computer's iTunes music download site. He has produced a simple Windows command line utility which will install a DLL which dumps the output of a QuickTime stream to a file. The short C program is called "QuickTime for Windows AAC memory dumper". To compile the program requires MinGW and MSYS Johansen's is open source. He therefore unveils the DLL entry point, and the exit hole.

QTFairUse6, The program is called QTFairUse6. Maybe I should have called it something else to avoid confusing with the original QTFairUse. Also, it's not really related to Hymn. It doesn't try to do any decryption itself (like Hymn does) but just hijacks iTunes code.Posted at 7:17AM on Aug 29th 2006 by igorsk

The DRM hasn't, itself, been cracked. All this does is capture the AAC frames before they're decompressed by iTunes, so iTunes must be present, must play the file, and metadata etc must be entered into the new file. The DRM itself is as strong as ever; this exploits a weakness in the player. Which only goes to show that DRM is a security problem right along the usage chain.

FairUse4WM, which can strip copy protection from Windows Media files, also ee WMA for one such tool.

The purpose of the Hymn Project is to allow you to exercise your fair-use rights under copyright law. JHymn is the newest app. The original hymn (download) which is still available as is another hymn variant, iOpener which allows you to free your iTunes Music Store purchases (protected AAC / .m4p) from their DRM restrictions with no loss of sound quality. These songs can then be played outside of the iTunes environment, even on operating systems not supported by iTunes and on hardware not supported by Apple.

Why use Hymn Project software?

  • To decrypt your iTunes protected AAC files so that they can be played on operating systems for which no official version of iTunes exists, such as Linux.
  • To use non-Apple AAC-capable hardware to play your music.
  • To eliminate the five computer limit imposed by iTunes.
  • To make archival backups of your music.
  • As the first step in converting your music from protected AAC to MP3, Ogg, or your other favorite audio file format, for use with your non-iPod portable audio player.
  • To demonstrate your belief in the principles of fair-use under copyright law.

What are your Fair Use Rights?

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It's the HD-DVD processing key you can use to decrypt and play most HD-DVD movies in Linux. Movie studios are going ballistic over this leak.