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Playfair reborn as hymn

updated 10:25 am EDT, Tue May 11, 2004

Playfair reborn as hymn

The playfair project, which worked to strip the digital rights management of songs purchased from the iTunes Music Store, has re-launched as to remove the playfair project from servers that hosted it by sending cease-and-desist notices.




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  1. Bryan W

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    I tried it and

    it didn't recognize my itunes key for 4.5?
    anyone else?

  1. RIP

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Thumbs up award!

    You know, I just might buy an iPod just so I can use this app.

  1. vickys-box

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Apple ID?

    What next, a photo of the person who owns the track? Please, just give it a rest. Bye Bye hymn.

  1. koolkid1976

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: Thumbs up award!

    "You know, I just might buy an iPod just so I can use this app."

    Yea. Because DRM'd song only had unlimited transfer to iPod. With this software you will now have...umm..unlimited transfer to iPod. I hate when people make silly illogical comments.

  1. JoshFofer

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Bzzt... you lose.

    Sorry "koolkid1976," your smart-alecky answer is WRONG. If you had actually tried "Hymn," you'd know that it only works on a Mac if you have an iPod connected:

    http://hymn-project.org/docs/hymn-manual.html#id825366

    (Besides, at 26 years old, you're not such a "kid" anymore.)

    Bryan W: this tip might help you as well. On a Mac, Hymn requires that the track be authorized AND that an iPod can be detected.

  1. koolkid1976

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re:Bzzt... you lose.

    Am I getting this corret? The reason you don't have an iPod has nothing to do with the fact that iTunes music has DRM. But because a DRM stripping program requires a connected iPod, you are considering buying one. Yes, that makes a lot of sense. Ding, ding.You win.

  1. BoulderDash

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    iPod and Transfer

    In order for it to work, an iPod *must* be attached *and* the song in question has to have been transferred to said iPod at some point in the past so that it's transfer key would have been placed in the user's .drms folder - correct?

  1. JoshFofer

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Try to follow along.

    Hey "koolkid" - why is this so confusing to you? Let's say I purchase music from the iTMS. And now let's say I want to play this music on my SliMP3 player, my SqueezeBox, my Roku, my hacked Xbox, my Rio, whatever. h*** -- let's say I want to use Toast instead of iTunes to burn it to CD (which is now not possible with FairPlay DRM v2 and QuickTime 6.5.1)

    Hymn allows this sort of "fair use." And the price of admission at this point for Mac users is an iPod. So with the purchase of an iPod, not only do you get the "key to unlock the gates" but a damn fine portable MP3 player to boot.

    Now, I'm not saying this is an economically sound strategy (h***, for $300 you could buy a few copies of the original retail CD) -- but for people who want to enjoy the flexibility of unencumbered music purchases, and might have been in the market for an iPod anyway, this is an attractive avenue.

  1. pastusza

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    I can resume buying

    I happily buy from the iTMS. And I will once again start buying now that fairplay is back. I love Apple, but I hate DRM.

    Andy

  1. Dalhectar

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Write your congressman

    to support the DMCRA, which will allow people to copy their legally purchased DRM music to their XBox, Roku, SqueezeBox and whatever else.

    http://arstechnica.com/news/posts/1084134579.html

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