“To test Real’s new Harmony Technology, I downloaded RealPlayer 10.5 Beta, logged onto the RealPlayer Music Store, purchased a track, connected my iPod, configured RealPlayer to use the iPod, and then transferred the song–originally a 192 Kbps AAC file protected by Real’s DRM–to the iPod. Voila! It works,” Paul Thurrott reports for Paul Thurrott’s Internet Nexus.
“Curious about the file that’s on the iPod, I looked at it under the Windows version of iTunes. According to iTunes, the song was a 192 Kbps Protected AAC song utilizing FairPlay version 1. Thus, it’s pretty clear that RealNetworks has, in fact, reverse engineered Apple’s FairPlay scheme,” Thurrott reports.
Thurrott has posted a screenshot of the file’s info complete with the cartoon-like Windows XP default UI in all of its glory in his full article here.