updated 06:15 pm EST, Mon March 21, 2005
Apple disables PyMusique
Apple has access to the iTunes Music Store as well as purchase song stripped of any copy-protection. Released last week, PyMusique provided an alternative interface to the iTunes Music Store: it allowed users to register at the store, purchase music, and download songs (multiple times) without the playback restrictions associated with Apple's FairPlay DRM. Apple said it closed the security hole that opened a "backdoor" into the iTunes system, allowing PyMusique access to the software, according to ZDNet. Some iTunes customers--as many as 15 percent of users--would need to upgrade their software. "The security hole in the iTunes Music Store which was recently exploited has been closed, and as a consequence the iTunes Music Store will now sell music only to customers using iTunes version 4.7."