New Program Breaks Apple's DRM

With the recent high-profile news reports of ways to circumvent Napster To Go's digital rights management (DRM) software, it was only a matter of time before someone targeted iTunes.

Hacker Jon Lech Johansen has done just that. Most known for his software that breaks the copy protection of DVDs, Johansen with the help of two counterparts has released PyMusique, what they bill as "a fair interface to the iTunes Music Store."

The software allows for the user to preview songs like the actual iTunes program, however when it downloads the songs, it downloads them without the DRM attached to it -- allowing the user once the file is downloaded to convert it freely to any format they wish. Those with songs already downloaded from iTunes will be able to re-download their songs DRM-free as well.

The file is available for download as source code with installers for both Linux and Windows. It will also work on Mac OS X, however users will have to install it on their own as no installer is provided.

Apple in the past has refused to comment about applications other than their own used to access iTunes, however the iTunes Terms-of-Service states that "you will not access the Service by any means other than through software that is provided by Apple for accessing the Service."

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