New Software Promises to Unlock iPod, iTunes

Not even the lure of one million songs could separate Stanford University student Rolf Steier from his iPod. When Stanford partnered with Yahoo to offer students a free subscription to Yahoo Music Unlimited, Steier -- like most other people he knew -- didn't bother to check it out because his iPod won't let him play songs bought from other online music stores.

"I don't know anybody who used it," Steier said. "I don't even remember anyone who considered using it." The issue is the same for many music fans because Apple makes content bought from its iTunes online music store available only for its own products, while songs purchased from other online stores typically do not work on the market-dominating iPods.

But this could soon change -- because of a 22-year-old hacker who as a teen cracked the encryption on DVDs and now has developed a system compatible with Apple's "FairPlay" copyright technology that allows iTunes music to play on other devices and gives iPod users access to other music stores.

News source: MSFN

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I have purchased something like 50 tracks from the iTMS store and totally agree, that it is daft to use it as your primary music source. But to be honest, i don't know anyone who does or would.

I think it's a good service, for what it is: something to get one odd track that you want, or your other half wants. When Gnarls Barkley's Crazy came out, i'll admit that I liked it and so did the gf, but why should I pay £1.50 from a local music shop/ supermarket, when I could buy it from iTMS?

I also use my iPod at work over the tannoy system, and if anyone wants a song buying, i'll get the odd song for them, once I have a 80 minute CD's worth on it goes to un-protected CD, and is ripped back again. Yes you're losing quality this way, but to most people it is inaudible and i'm not too bothered if some chart music doesn't sound as good as it should. I buy albums from stores and off of the internet like most people I believe.

Obviously no one read the original story. Some company is planning to make money from DVD Jon's software. WTF!
This is the actual news of this story, but the guy at MSDN who copied and pasted(yes! ) from Reuters didnt' care to read it all and get the important part. Neither did the guy from Neowin.
Lousy newspost is what I call this.

And why is neowin making a smiley from just a ) ?

I have 80gb of music and none of it was bought through iTunes. Why on earth would I pay for an intangible single or album which has inferior quality to the CD version, and which can only be played on one brand of mp3 player?

One word. CREATIVE. I have been using a Creative player since they came out with one (2001 I believe). I have never used an Ipod nor will I ever. I find Ipod way overrated and trying to be a monopoly, which is what they are doing when you can only download "thier" music.

agreed. Ipods r good, don't get me wrong, but there are other players on the market that are just as good, if not better in some aspects, ie, creative vision: M.

I am not locked I used the real music $10 a mounth ran over 3,000 wma files in tunebite to take off drm and turn it in to an mp3.