updated 01:40 pm EDT, Thu April 29, 2004
iTunes 4.5 cracked
Following the release of iTunes 4.5 yesterday and reports that Apple had to share and/or download songs from fellow iTunes users. The new version iTunes 4.5 changes the authentication algorithm; however, with the new tools, developers will be able to create applications that, once again, work with iTunes.
Apple's FairPlay DRM still locked
Though users may have found a way to hack into iTunes and allow other programs to work with the application, the updated copy-protection (DRM) found in iTunes 4.5 still remains untouched: several readers note that iTunes 4.5 does prevent users from "cracking" iTunes (protected) tracks with PlayFair or FairTunes; however, users can still playback songs that were previously stripped of their DRM-components (anti-copy protection).