The day the PyMusique died; Apple kills DVD Jon’s iTunes Music Store hack

“Apple Computer has closed a security hole that allowed an underground program to tap into its iTunes Music Store and purchase songs stripped of antipiracy protections,” John Borland reports for CNET News. “The PyMusique software, created by a trio of independent programmers online, emerged last week as a copy protection-free back door into the popular iTunes store. One of the creators was Jon Johansen, the Norwegian programmer responsible for releasing DVD-copying software in 1999.”

Borland reports, “Apple released a statement Monday saying the problem had been fixed, and that some iTunes customers 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,’ the company said in a statement.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Expected, but, wow, that was quick!

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  1. Come onnnn, DVD John. You knew it was coming! Yesss. You’re not dealing with slackers here, Johnny. This is Apple! You’ve got to get up pretty early in the morning if you want to be successful in this world, for cryin out loud. Of course, Richter never got up early a day in his life and look at him.

    Hey, I keed. I keed the portly.

  2. Oohhhhh, yippee! First freaking post! Again.

    Hey, you know, the first post awards around here are really starting to remind me of Dell. Know what I mean? They SUCK!

  3. I knew this was coming, but it sucks that it forces iTunes users to upgrade to 4.7. I was keeping one machine at a lower version, because of rendezvous. Not that I expected Apple to keep supporting the older versions forever, but it was nice to have a choice about which version to use, and still have access to the music store.

  4. Do you know what really sucks?

    Folks that get off trying to make fools of people, and then find they are the fools.

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  5. Good for Apple. DVD Jon is a criminal and his activities do nothing to benefit users. When we get a Mac, iPod, sign on to iTMS, we agree to certain policies and that, of course, brings “restrictions.” We may not like them but the do benefit users. For example, the iPod/iTunes/iTMS “restrictions” (DRM, # of Macs/PCs, etc.) allow Apple to get deals with the record companies. That, in turn, gets us music at a decent price and with a broad selection. Yada yada.

    DVD Jon (and users of PyMystique, Hymn, et al.) prefer that the “restrictions” not apply to their so-called “rights” (not defined legally, otherwise Apple and others would have been challenged and would have lost, legally) and find methods to circumvent said restrictions.

    When I buy a car, the use of it come with certain inherent “restrictions.” Speed limits, for example. If I choose to ignore those speed limits because my car is capable of going faster than 55mph or 70mph or whatever, and I determine that it’s my “right” to go as faster as I wish, I still may face the potential of additional restrictions (locked up in jail) for the “crime” of exercising my so-called “rights.”

    Apple is doing a good thing by updating iTMS/iTunes to thwart DVD Jon who appears to be nothing more than a petty criminal with programming ability. It’s a shame that ability can’t be used for something more beneficial to humanity than criminal activity.

  6. It’s just a game of cat and mouse…. Jon (or whomever is really responsible for this hack) will put additional effort, and emulate iTune 4.7 “good enough” to temporarily get by this hurdle. I just wish I had the extra time that Jon must have to do something more constructive…. like having a life.

    But, to each his/her own I guess.

  7. On another note, it seems that Pepsi has run out of the bottles for the ITMS promotion. They seem to have disappeared from the shelves in Southern California.

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