Remember the Hymn Project and how it cracked the DRM on iTunes-purchased music? Well it stopped working as of iTunes 5.0.1. The project Web site is reporting that a new tool called QTFairUse is available that removes the DRM from iTunes 6-purchased music as well. According to one of the posters:
It works in the same way as the original QTFairUse - intercepts AAC frames after they're decrypted but before they're decoded. And you can compare the file sizes - dumped streams are a few hundred K less than the encrypted m4ps, since the latter include artwork and other metadata.
The problems with using QTFairUse are:
- It's illegal
- It's Windows only
- It uses a real time stream-ripping approach, which is slow
- It strips all the ID3 tags in the process
What's the over/under on when Apple releases (and requires) iTunes 6.0.6 for music purchases?