Resurrection Day comes quickly for PyMusique

“PyMusique is back in effect. That is, at least until the engineers over at Apple figure out another way to block the software,” Peter Rojas reports for Engadget. “Apple broke PyMusique over the weekend, [but] DVD Jon, one of PyMusique’s creators, wasn’t about to let that stand, and so today hit back with an update for PyMusique that works around the block on non-iTunes 4.7 connections to the iTunes Music Store.”

Full article with more details at Engadget here.

MacDailyNews Take: ‘Round and ’round she goes, where she’ll stop, nobody knows! According to the programmers, the updated version of PyMusique will only be available for Linux and, unlike the previous versions, there will not be a Windows version.

Related MacDailyNews articles:
The day the PyMusique died; Apple kills DVD Jon’s iTunes Music Store hack – March 21, 2005
‘PyMusique’ lets users buy songs without DRM from Apple’s iTunes Music Store– March 18, 2005


  1. Note: Apple won’t lose a cent over this, but the labels will demand stronger restrictions.

    was that the point of the hack? No.. the point was to…be able to do more with the music you purchased..

    but.. of course..Apple wil have to put more restrictions in there, until these geeks go away.

    Bottoms Up.. the geeks are getting a taste of irony.

    PS. Uh.. some people are saying apple should port iTunes to linux.. nah.. not gonna happen.. Apple is not going to legitimize Linux like that..

  2. It’s interesting that WIndoze has not been hacked in this way – could it be that it being such a small target that it isn’t worth going after by DVD Jon?

    Magic Word -> europe – pretty obvious MDN….

  3. The silly thing is, you can do this anyway without PyMusique. Just buy all of your music through iTunes, which has a superior interface, and download one of many utilities that removes the AAC protection from the files. You lose zero quality, and get exactly thre same result.

  4. Something tells me Jon is no 1-trick pony. He probably had the “resurrected” solution in the pipeline knowing full well Apple’s move.
    This is one interesting chess game…

  5. Apple has built OS X on a bunch of open source apps and technologies and “DVD Jon” is a LINUX-only guy. He knows what he is doing. He has a strong background in DRM technology and probably has a pretty good background in BSD UNIX.
    The people on the project claim that they were not trying to “hack” iTunes and FairPlay- just gain LINUX access to iTMS and iPod support. I have said before that Apple should release LINUX client software for Quicktime and iTunes- this is something that was going to happen sooner or later.
    Mr. Jobs- stop trying to act like Ballmer and Gates and get your guys working on LINUX Quicktime and iTunes software. I do not advocate their methods, but their motives I understand.

  6. Apple’s lawyers are undoubtly trying to figuring out who and when to sue over this. Perhaps the news outlets for reporting this story and informing the public?

    Magic Word – Students – as in “We’ll go after ’em too.”

  7. “they were not trying to “hack” iTunes and FairPlay- just gain LINUX access to iTMS and iPod support…”

    That’s BS and you know it. “DVD Jon” got his name because he’s always attempting to skirt DRM on something. If all they wanted to do was access iTMS from Linux then they would have just done that and not built a feature in that removes the DRM. What pisses me off is that this will hurt law abiding people who realize that Apple’s very liberal DRM is not a problem, like most of us here, in two ways. First, the record companies are going to get pissed eventually and this type of defiance could cause them to make the DRM even more restrictive, or just pull the plug on the whole thing. Second, this idiot is forcing Apple to spend precious resources on blocking each of his latest tricks, which makes products more expensive and pulls talented people and money away from making the products better. I’d like to meet “DVD Jon” so I could bloody his nose.

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