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iTunes update blocks file-sharing loophole

updated 07:45 pm EDT, Wed April 28, 2004

iTunes sharing blocked

Among other additions made to its iTunes software, Apple has that allowed some users to download music from another computer. Apple's iTunes allows Macintosh and PC users to play music stored on other PCs on a network. File-swapping enthusiasts quickly created other programs, such as MyTunes, to capture the songs and allow them to be saved to the computer's hard drive. With the latest iteration--version 4.5--Apple appears to have plugged that hole, reports ZDNet. An Apple representative confirmed that with the new version of iTunes, the company has "strengthened" the music-sharing feature to make sure that song sharing is limited to personal use.

by MacNN Staff





  1. jimothy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Arms race

    The hackers/crackers/whateveryouwanttocallthem have created an arms race with's probably just a matter of time before somebody works around this one. The tragic thing is, Apple may, under pressure from the labels, simply remove the sharing feature all together. So, people, quit trying so hard to steal music; you're ruining things for the rest of us.

  1. Makosuke

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Not at all a surprise that Apple tweaked the sharing protocol, but at least at this point it's still in there, as it's a really neat feature.

    I can, interestingly, see instantly which of the people at my University who share music have upgraded, since I have, and those who haven't show up as greyed in the Shared Music section. 30% by the time I got to work today isn't bad, I might add.

  1. Kenneth

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: ecpected

    Yeap... They are all greyed out. I hope they will upgrade to 4.5. Meanwhile, I often see no more than 3 ppls sharing their playlist within the college network.

  1. pastusza

    Joined: Dec 1969


    playfair no longer works

    Playfair can no longer find the decryption key. Very sneaky Apple, very sneaky....

  1. dthree

    Joined: Dec 1969


    So they plugged the hole

    Now open sharing back up beyond the LAN. When I'm at home, i want to listen to the music on my office computer.

  1. joecab

    Joined: Dec 1969


    you call APPLE sneaky?

    uh, Playfair? Circumventing file sharing protection? HELLO?

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