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iTunes 4.5 authentication scheme cracked

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).




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  1. dwishbone

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    did i read it right?

    um..if i read this guys site correctly he just explains how it works....doenst have anything that will let you actually steel/decode anything. the app he has only allows you to view and listen to iTunes shares...not download them. at least thats what i get from its description. so what's the big deal? you can do that anywayz.

  1. absmiths

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    That's what happens when

    you are popular. The more eyes are on you, the more people will line up to break in.

  1. Dale Sorel

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    The more you tighten...

    your grip, the more systems will slip through your fingers.

  1. absmiths

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Cliche's

    get old. I think Apple is doing this stuff to keep relations with the labels good, not to stop piracy. I think Apple knows better than that (witness all their unprotected software).

  1. ender

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Not Piracy

    It's not really piracy if all he is able to do is use some 3rd party app to play non-DRM music on his own network. Big deal. I can already do that (and more) by just using iTunes as the client on all my Macs and PCs.

  1. absmiths

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    The guy needs to read

    his license agreement. There is no provision under fair use law for reverse-engineering a product for compatibility with your product, and the license agreement explicitly forbids it (unconditionally).

  1. absmiths

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    RE: Piracy

    The music industry will look at this as a way to do file sharing. User A shares his library, and user B downloads the entire thing to the local drive (either by bulk means or simply copying them over as they play). There is no guarantee that a program will do what you want, and if you don't like how it shares files that doesn't make it fair use to reverse-engineer the software.

    Why doesn't he just use something like QT streaming server or one of the billions of MP3 servers out there?

  1. troymurray

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Why

    I wish people would stop trying to tamper with the files because they are only discouraging artists from using iTMS if they know there is a way people can get around it.

  1. dwishbone

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    what's the big deal

    again..whats the big whoop. it seems to only allow you to listen and view libraries...not copy them. not strip them of their DRM completely. its no big deal. so what if 50 people listen to my music i bought? if i through a party and made one of those new "party" mixes...more than 50 people might here it. is that piracy? get my point?

  1. medmuse

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    cop

    "so what if 50 people listen to my music i bought? if i through a party and made one of those new "party" mixes...more than 50 people might here it. is that piracy? get my point?"

    Good God man! Learn English.

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