QTFairUse6 strips Apple’s FairPlay DRM off iTunes Music Store files

Apple Store“Remember Hymn? You should, back in the day (like, um, 2004) it allowed you to strip the FairPlay DRM right off iTunes Music Store bought files just like that; well, it’s been a long time in coming, but a new app called QTFairUse6 looks like it can now be used (with some amount of difficulty) to dump iTunes version 6.0.4 – 6.0.5 files of their chastely protection,” Ryan Block reports for Engadget.

Full article here.
Not a big deal: Apple shut it off before (JHymn) and they will again, but this is not a significant issue for Apple. The crack is too complex and, even if it was the easiest one-click thing in the world, it doesn’t matter because Apple doesn’t offer a subscription service. Therefore, unlike with the FairUse4WM crack of Windows Media DRM, the threat of people stealing all of the music they can in a month for just $14.99 or during a free trial period is nonexistent. Besides, you can already do the exact same thing today legally by burning a CD from iTunes.

Related articles:
Microsoft working to update Windows Media DRM cracked by FairUse4WM – August 29, 2006
Microsoft’s PlaysForSure cracked: FairUse4WM strips Windows Media DRM – August 25, 2006

23 Comments

  1. MDN: “it doesn’t matter because Apple doesn’t offer a subscription service”

    Not for tunes, true, but Apple’s movie service is expected to be subscription based, so this IS a big deal if the same crack applies to their video DRM.

  2. I read about the FairPlay crack, fired up Parallels, ordered up Napster free trial (after doing Yahoo but finding that their site sucked really bad!), and ensued on my quest to rip a bunch of music…FOR FREE!

    Now, before all of you start jumping all over me, I have justified this in my mind because I have only ripped off the albums I have already purchased and lost the CD (or vinyl).

    Thanks Napster!

  3. Just use a virtual CD drive, burn a “CD” to it, then rerip unprotected. Then you don’t even waste a DVD. I’m sure there are virtual CD apps for Mac, aren’t there? I do it on my Windows machine (NO, I will never buy another one, but I have a 3 year old one, so I use it for some things). It works great. It’s only for my own convenience, I don’t share the files at all.

  4. With FairUse4WM crack of Windows Media DRM, I can steal millions of songs for free.

    With QTFairUse6 crack of Apple’s FairPlay DRM, I can “steal” one song after I buy it for $0.99.

    Anyone who can’t understand the piracy potential differential between FairUse4WM vs. QTFairUse6 is a moron.

    MacDailyNews is, of course and as usual, entirely correct in their “Take.”

  5. So… has anyone gotten this to work? The version I downloaded says to fire up QTFairuse.py (I assume via terminal), but when I run it through python, I get a bunch of error messages and no output file.

    Any ideas, or brainy ones?

    TIA

  6. individual user: With FairUse4WM crack of Windows Media DRM, I can steal millions of songs for free.

    With QTFairUse6 crack of Apple’s FairPlay DRM, I can “steal” one song after I buy it for $0.99.

    Anyone who can’t understand the piracy potential differential between FairUse4WM vs. QTFairUse6 is a moron.

    Quoted for Truth.

    Trolls — If you can be refuted in fewer than three sentences then you really need to step up the level of your game.

  7. damn Mike K., you beat me to it!! trolls complaining about MDN’s take are being quite foolish.
    The Music company, Artist & Apple always win even after you strip the music of the DRM, because guess what, you’ve already paid for it and it’s only one song!! I mean I wouldn’t spend $10,000(or even $100 as a matter of fact) to strip it of DRM and put it online for everyone to download. Who would be losing that battle? the idiot who paid and decided to strip it of DRM and give it away for free. and who still wins, the damn record companies who still get their money, I don’t think even the record companies are equally as concerned that this iTunes DRM has come out compared to Napster and all other subscription models.

  8. Individual user: Great response. That makes sense, you moron. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” /> Had to add that last part, since you screwed up what was an intelligent response. G’day anyway.

    BustingTheSkullsOfIdiots: Sad that you are unable muster anything reasonable to add. You should go read a book on manners, debate, and then apologize to everyone you’ve wronged in your life since you probably act the same in the real world.

    mike k.: Notice how you didn’t have any original thought to add? Ever think some of us MDN posters (I own several Macs) prefer thoughtful exchanges rather than the more-of-the-same MDN dialogue. Of course you haven’t!

    Microsoft-sucks, Apple-rules is amusing for about 5 seconds.

    This is one of the few MDN Takes that, on the whole, is accurate and fair. Many of their other “takes” are just plain biased and weak. This one I agree with, though.

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