AOL removes Napster pirate plug-in ‘Output Stacker’ from website

“America Online yesterday removed from the Web site of its Winamp media player a software plug-in that is reportedly being used to make unauthorized copies of tunes from the Napster To Go subscription service,” John P. Mello Jr. reports for TechNewsWorld. “According to AOL spokesperson Ann Burkart, the offending applet, Output Stacker, has been taken down from the Winamp site. ‘We are also working with Microsoft to ensure Winamp continues to provide secure playback of Windows Media content,’ she told TechNewsWorld.”

“The mischievous potential of the Winamp plug-in came to light after several Web sites, such as BoingBoing and Engadget, posted how-to’s on using the program to capture online audio from a computer’s sound card, a process known as ‘stream ripping,'” Mello Jr. reports. “‘As long as we listen to music through our ears and watch video through our eyes, there’s going to be a way to get around any security scheme,’ Rob Enderle, president and principal analyst for the Enderle Group in San Jose, California, told TechNewsWorld. ‘All you have to do is convert it to analog feed.'”

Full article here.

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Napster feels the heat over flawed copy-protection scheme – February 17, 2005
Apple CEO Steve Jobs warns record industry of Napster To Go’s security gap – February 16, 2005
Users thwart Napster To Go’s copy protection; do the music labels realize the piracy potential? – February 15, 2005
Napster-To-Go’s ‘rental music’ DRM circumvented – February 14, 2005
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30 Comments

  1. No comment on the story.. but at MDN, I must say that I find these pop-ups that circumvent Safari’s pop-up blocker to be in bad taste.

    If I wanted to be inundated with this stuff, I would turn the blocker off. Please respect our right to surf the web sans pollution.

    Thank You

  2. Willie G. I think you should look to the people serving the site, not the people running the site. I don’t believe thie is the fault of MDN.

    PS I just ordered a new iMac. Happy happy joy joy.

  3. Quit your whining, you little mac simpletons.

    Oh, my precious mac blocks all pop ups
    Oh, my precious mac is immune to virus

    You guys are truly a gaggle of simpletons.

    Haha, LOL @ the macheads whining about pop ups.

  4. CSS blocking works in Safari just add the pop up URL to the list. I use “stopADVbanners.css”. Makes for very quiet surfing: the site gets the hits but you see no advertising…

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