Napster-To-Go’s ‘rental music’ DRM circumvented

“You know, if you sign up for Napster-to-Go and don’t realize that your music is going to disappear when you stop paying them money, you’re not a victim of the bloodsucking media barons—you’re a tard,” Gizmodo writes. “Here’s a way to record music you’re getting from Napster-to-Go into WAV files, to be burned to CDs or re-encoded to your compressed music file of choice.”

Gizmodo links to “marv on record’s” step-by-step instructions on how to rather easily circumvent Napster’s Microsoft JANUS DRM. Full article here.

Find “marv on record’s burning through Napster’s collection for free” instructions here.

MacDailyNews Take: The obvious has happened and rather quickly, too. Let’s see how the music industry likes Napster-To-Go, Microsoft’s JANUS DRM, and the “rental” model now. Hint for music industry execs: if you can hear the music, the music can and will be recorded regardless of the DRM. The best way to make “rental” music’s DRM work is to rent music that people cannot hear or is of a quality that’s so bad it’s not worth recording. Does that sound like a good business model to you?

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‘Napster To Go’ forces you to pay to keep your existing music – February 14, 2005


  1. We should have had a running ticker to see how long it took for “Janus” to be circumvented. Does anyone know of a ticker for the delivery date of Loooooooonghorn?

  2. This was Napster’s grand scheme from the very beginning. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

    Shall we call it Napter’s Revenge?! HE HE HEE………. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”LOL” style=”border:0;” />

  3. Well that didn’t take long, even by “Internet time” standards.

    I wonder how many lawsuits will be filed when the courts open tomorrow.

    Today’s magic word: SHUTDOWN

  4. Cool. Too bad the sound quality will suck after you’ve re-encoded a previously WMA compressed song back on to your computer though. I’ll just stick with iTunes instead. But here’s hoping it’ll piss off the RIAA enough to get Napster in some deep sh*t.

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