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hymn0.8

06 June 2005

Removes iTMS AAC copy restrictions (was PlayFair).

Overview

The purpose of HYMN (Hear Your Music Anywhere) is to allow you to exercise your fair-use rights under copyright law. It allows you to free your iTunes Music Store (protected AAC / m4p) purchases from their DRM restrictions with no sound quality loss. These songs can then be played outside of the iTunes environment. It includes a drag 'n drop graphical user interface (GUI).

Why use HYMN?

  • Use HYMN to decrypt your iTunes protected AAC files so that they can be played on non-iTunes-capable, but AAC-capable devices and operating systems, such as Linux.
  • Use HYMN to eliminate the five computer limit imposed by iTunes.
  • Use HYMN to make archival backups of your music.
  • Use HYMN as the first step in converting your music from protected AAC to MP3, Ogg or your other favorite audio file format, for use with your non-iPod portable audio player.
  • Use HYMN to demonstrate your belief in the principles of fair-use under copyright law.
This program is protected by the GNU General Public License.

What's new in hymn

Version 0.8:
  • Added support for decrypting iTMS 4.7.1-4.8 AAC music files to enable fair-use listening on all of your devices.
  • This application requires you to obtain keys to unlock your music with. See http://www.hymn-project.org for details.

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71 Reviews of hymn

Paul Handly
06 April 2004
Version: 0.2

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NOTE: This only works with YOUR purchased iTMS files. The key playfair grabs from your iPod only deencodes your own .m4p files - even if you're authorized, it will only output an unplayable file - the file will also kill the Finder pretty fscking fast as well. (personal experience) Also, for those of you who want to convert them all, here's an example shell script to get you started: ----------------------- #!/bin/bash # deDRM.sh locate .m4p | while read line; do echo $line src="$line" dest="${line/%.m4p/.m4a}" /usr/local/bin/playfair "$src" "$dest" done ----------------------- This will find all .m4p files, regardless of authorization, and attempt to convert them to an .m4a in the same folder. This isn't very polished, so use it at your own risk. Thanks to ecatmur on the Gentoo Forums for this.
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Oemb1905
16 February 2006
Version: 0.8
Everyone needs to wait who is running 4.8 and higher iTunes. Hopefully this dude can make a better version that covers 6.0 and above soon. Pray.
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Jmh1
28 December 2005
Version: 0.8
O.K. I have decided not to download or use this product because this probably violates the spirit and technical terms of ones ITMS contract. But the reason I am at least researching this concept is because with the rapid changes coming from Apple these days I have to assume that at any moment they might arbitrarily pull the plug on people's right to play their purchsed songs.
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2.5
Anonymous
17 October 2005
Version: 0.8
Downloaded it....opened it.....browsed until I found the file I wanted to unlock.....and the file could not be selected. Guess that means it doesn't work. Too bad, great idea though.
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4.5
Anonymous
01 September 2005
Version: 0.8
goorargh. i got it to work. bloody great software.
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rob-o'connell
31 August 2005
Version: 0.8
bloody great idea. hasn't worked for me yet but since i paid for the bloody song shouldn't i be able to listen to it whenever and wherever i please? the developer of this software has my full support. . .if only just to stand behind them and say "yeah i'm with them."
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Anonymous
31 July 2005
Version: 0.8
JHymn (http://hymn-project.org/download.php) makes this easier to use.
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Anonymous
07 June 2005
Version: 0.8
when you have some others computers than mac and want to listen YOUR LEGALLY OWNED music on others mac (at works or at some families' ) it's ETHICAL to use it five macintosh is not sane, it's a limit and I paid to have computers to remove cumbersome limits with old cd, hifi players , tape and whatever.. NOT to recreate them. and NO : noone will have MY aac files.
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Anonymous
07 June 2005
Version: 0.8
some people truly are petty.
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Ronan1
07 June 2005
Version: 0.8
Hear Your Music Anywhere comes out as HYMA, at least in my spell checker...
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Anonymous
07 June 2005
Version: 0.8
It's great that this is free. But seriously, if you're spending the time to strip DRM from your AAC then you're probably pirating the songs anyway. In which case, why not just go steal the MP3s off p2p and send the artist a paypal donation.
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Anonymous
07 June 2005
Version: 0.8
This version still requires an iPod. That should really be added to the "requirements" section. It really bugs me that this is so much simpler on Windows than on OS X, but I guess that's just the way it is. I can't review this, because I can't use it. I just want other people to know it needs an iPod to work on OS X.
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Anonymous
07 June 2005
Version: 0.8
why bother with this or any other program? Unless you are really lazy and don't have the energy to spare, just burn the protected AAC files to a CD-RW disc as AIFF files, then reimport them to your system as Unprotected AAC files.
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Anonymous
15 May 2005
Version: 0.7.1
This software sucks. Doesn't work. Looks for an iPod and crashes!!!!!!!!!.
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Anonymous
11 May 2005
Version: 0.7.1
Use the JHymn alternative. It might be java but it's way more user friendly than this application.
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Anonymous
25 April 2005
Version: 0.7.1
If you're all going to whinge and moan about software like this being unreliable, then... *cough* WireTap *cough* Jesus!
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3.5
Anonymous
25 April 2005
Version: 0.7.1
You can open the de-authorized in quicktime player, and then export it as a file importable by iTunes. It's a run-around, but it's better than nothing.
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Anonymous
14 April 2005
Version: 0.7.1
Keeps saying that there's no iPod and then crashes... Hymn looks good in my trash bin!
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Anonymous
06 April 2005
Version: 0.7.1
All HYMN seems do do for me is crash. Then asks if I want to submit a report to Apple :)
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Anonymous
10 February 2005
Version: 0.7.1
Yes it de-authorized my songs then my computer kept saying I was not authorize to play these songs, thanks I now have to repurchase them as the only thing they where good for was the bin, do as the guy above suggests Burn to CD and reimport.
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Anonymous
09 February 2005
Version: 0.7.1
Update - If you have itunes 4.7, you can export to MP3 and it will keep all you ID3 info and work in 4.7.1. Very easy.
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Anonymous
06 February 2005
Version: 0.7.1
Just burn the song to a cd and import again
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4.5
Anonymous
04 February 2005
Version: 0.7.1
If you use itunes 4.7.1 and have used HYMN in the past, you can still open the files in quicktime and then export them to WAV and the back into itunes. It is cumbersome, but you won't lose your tunes.
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Anonymous
13 January 2005
Version: 0.7.1
Courtesy of Google's Translate tool: Please do not use iTunes 4,7,1, if you worked on your titles before with HYMN. These titles cannot be played with the new version of iTunes. (1/12/2005, version: 0.7.1) (1/13/2005, Version: 0.7.1)
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Anonymous
12 January 2005
Version: 0.7.1
Bitte verwende iTunes 4.7.1 nicht, wenn du deine Titel vorher mit HYMN bearbeitet hast. Diese Titel können mit der neuen Version von iTunes nicht merh abgespielt werden.
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Anonymous
12 January 2005
Version: 0.7.1
Bitte verwende iTunes 4.7.1 nicht, wenn du deine Titel vorher mit HYMN bearbeitet hast. Diese Titel können mit der neuen Version von iTunes nicht merh abgespielt werden.
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Anonymous
12 January 2005
Version: 0.7.1
Bitte verwende iTunes 4.7.1 nicht, wenn du deine Titel vorher mit HYMN bearbeitet hast. Diese Titel können mit der neuen Version von iTunes nicht merh abgespielt werden.
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Anonymous
12 January 2005
Version: 0.7.1
Bitte verwende iTunes 4.7.1 nicht, wenn du deine Titel vorher mit HYMN bearbeitet hast. Diese Titel können mit der neuen Version von iTunes nicht merh abgespielt werden.
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16 November 2004
Version: 0.7.1
I have Mac G5. When moving a mpg4file to HYMN, the message is "can't find itunes or ipod. Nothing works. Any advice? WMH
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Anonymous
13 October 2004
Version: 0.7.1
I don't quite get what everyone is whining about. This worked like a champ for me. If you're just looking to unlock itunes store files, it works fine. User interface isn't the friendliest, but, hey, it's free, so quit your riddlin'.
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Anonymous
16 September 2004
Version: 0.7.1
fantastic program no problems at all. means i can store and use music i buy however i want to
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Anonymous
02 September 2004
Version: 0.7.1
Nowhere here does it explicitly say "iTunes will no longer play these files if you remove the DRM restrictions". I made the mistake of using this program, and then REPLACING my previous files with the DRM-free ones. Can't listen to a single one on my computer. Gee, thanks!
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Anonymous
31 August 2004
Version: 0.7.1
I've tried everything to get this app to work. Can anyone help? Same error message all the time "No DRM Key" or something like that. Help
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Anonymous
29 August 2004
Version: 0.7.1
"Couldn't find iTunes key or an iPod" is the only message I ever received with this. If HYMN can figure this out, this makes hymn worthless. [And, yes, I did buy the RIAA-f**ked songs]
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Anonymous
29 August 2004
Version: 0.7.1
DRM SUCKS! HYMN IS IN!!!
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Anonymous
29 August 2004
Version: 0.7.0
what are you talking about? this works great i've used it for a long time 2 stream music 2 my xbox works perfectly
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Anonymous
28 August 2004
Version: 0.7.0
This is just crap software. Its NEVER worked on my computer, EVER. Such a build claim, and such crappy coding. Apple has nothing to worry about with copy protection removal software that doesn't work.
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Anonymous
25 July 2004
Version: 0.6.2
Latest version just quits unexpectedly when I go to convert an album's worth of songs. iPod is connected as the only device on my FireWire port before I launch HYMN.
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Anonymous
25 July 2004
Version: 0.6.2
Heh, I'm going to report this to Apple. I don't see why people try to get around legal action.
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Anonymous
25 July 2004
Version: 0.6.2
Since iTunes 4.5 and later, cd's I burn will not work in my brand new 2004 VW GTI. Apple said they changed it to make it more compatible with more cd players, go figure. They suggested I use toast to burn cd's, it worked but it can't burn protected songs I purchased from the iTunes music store. Trust me on this one don't waste your cd's, it converts the protected songs and burn's them but all you get is silence. If you want to test it, at the bottom of the toast window there is a little play button. I found this little program and said let there be sound, it worked perfectly. I have one request, a setting to put the new file in a folder of my choosing.
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Anonymous
22 July 2004
Version: 0.6.2
actually its not required you can get fair keyes from here http://nanocrew.net/blog/apple/fairkeys.html (which download the key to unlock music, the key gotten from the ipod)
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Anonymous
21 July 2004
Version: 0.6.2
what is the deal with thinking that converting you AAC files to mp3 will save disk space? I saved almost 3 GB of space after converting my whole library from mp3 to AAC (4000+ songs).
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Anonymous
21 July 2004
Version: 0.6.2
Apple shut down FairTunes so what is going to stop them from shutting this down? Changing the name wont cut it.
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Gregjsmith
20 July 2004
Version: 0.6.2
That's because the iPod is the Achilles heal, as it contains the key to unlock the music.
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Anonymous
19 June 2004
Version: 0.6
oh, and i don't wanna share it w/ strangers....
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smokeonit
19 June 2004
Version: 0.6
please update for itunes 4.6. wanna share w/ friends my audibooks and music from itms and audible
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4.5
Anonymous
12 June 2004
Version: 0.6
Converted files don't work with iTunes 4.6 anymore! Too bad
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Anonymous
09 June 2004
Version: 0.6
The problem with using and supporting software of this type is that if Apple's DRM is perceived as ineffective at preventing piracy, the music industry will cram even more restictive DRM controls down our throats, such as WMP...and we Mac users will no longer be able to have access to such media if mac codecs are not made available by the maker of WMP (Microsoft.) Witness the Windows-only music stores popping up all over the interenet. Using and supporting HYMn will only serve to damage the Mac platform in the long run.
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Anonymous
02 June 2004
Version: 0.6
As of 05/04 I've been using iMovie with copy protected AAC purchased from ITMS without having to crack anything. Besides if its that big a deal to you burn it & re-rip as an MP3. Plus, if you purchased the song you can download it from limewire all day long. You still own it. If you never bought it then its your own problem. Dont get me wrong, I say shaft the Record companies for every penny we can. Its their own fault for overcharging for so long. Yes I know its "wrong" top pirate music. I just dont care if people do it. I like the idea that Record companies are being stolen from. Argue against that...
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Anonymous
24 May 2004
Version: 0.6
Probably not in agreement with ITMS... but shouldn't Apple's 5 Computer"authorization" be expected to work as advertised? (i.e. actually work)
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Anonymous
23 May 2004
Version: 0.6
Works GREAT - if you follow instructions. The iPod must be the only firewire hardware that you have connected at the time you use this app. This app converts the m4p songs that you buy from iTunes music store to m4a format. You are then able to convert them to mp3 to save disk space or use them in your home iMovies. With this app the digital hub lives on !!
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Anonymous
23 May 2004
Version: 0.6
It is APPLE that is in violation. They promised us a digital hub. But now songs bought from the iTunes music store can longer be used in iMovie or Final Cut. They can no longer be converted from m4p to mp3 to save disk space. The irony is that by trying to prevent pirating, Apple is forcing us to go to Limewire to get the music that we can use (or use apps like this one). Talk about shooting yourself in the foot !
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Anonymous
14 May 2004
Version: 0.6
When you agree not to do something, then you CANT do anything you want with it. It is *you* who is doing something illegal, not Apple. Its like saying, "Well, I bought Windows XP - so I can do anything I want with it, including burning a new copy for all my friends." Umm.... no. You can't. When you use iTunes you *legally* agree not to use this software. Seems pretty clear to me. Maybe Apple isn't doing the right thing with DRM - that's your opinion. If you don't like it, don't use it. If you want no restrictions, download free tunes off the net.
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J
13 May 2004
Version: 0.6
To offer this under the false graces of Fair Use is absurd. This software is illegal because by using it you are in breech of the iTMS Terms of Service Agreement you digitally sign when you start up iTunes for the first time. I understand that people want 'freedom' in music, but don't agree to something then illegally break your agreement in the name of 'freedom' or 'Fair Use.' From the agreement: "You agree that you will not attempt to, or encourage or assist any other person to, circumvent or modify any security technology or software that is part of the Service or used to administer the Usage Rules." If you don't like iTMS, go somewhere else, but don't support illegal efforts like this one. It doesn't help anyone.
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Anonymous
12 May 2004
Version: 0.6
This app tells me that no valid DRM key found - I have the same problem too.
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Johnny Rotten
12 May 2004
Version: 0.6
It is interesting to see the comments about this program - it reminds of the when iLeech came out. I can fully understand why one would wish to use this app. After all, if I buy a CD in a shop I can do with it as I will: play it on my Mac, in my car on my portable CD, copy it or encode it and play it on my MP3 player. If I buy an album from the Music Store however I am limited. If I wish to play it on my MP3 player I cannot - I HAVE TO BUY AN IPOD to play my purchases! Are we living in the USSR? I'd like a choice of players please and the freedom to play my legally bought music wherever I choose - that's why I bought it. ITMS has been an amazing hit but until something more sensible is released then applications such as this will florish and for good reason. I live in Europe, the ITMS has not reached our shores yet so I'm still using various file sharing programs to obtain my music. A logical choice considering I can find out-of-date, deleted, old and hard to find tracks which would be an impossibity in any music store online or otherwise.
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Anonymous
12 May 2004
Version: 0.6
I have both iTunes and my iPod connected and up. This app tells me that no valid DRM key found.
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Anonymous
12 May 2004
Version: 0.5
playfair is back up, as version 0.6, at www.playfair.org
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Anonymous
04 May 2004
Version: 0.5
Oh well, I guess apple doesn't want to play fair. Back to using acqlite for music. My car mp3 player will never be able to keep up with the encode/decode arms race and I am not about to buy an iPod with an unreplaceable battery that last only 18 months. But I digress...
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Anonymous
01 May 2004
Version: 0.5
iTunes 4.5 may break playfair, but I havent upgraded (and it wasn't forced, at least on windoze) and just used up my pepsi codes. all of the files converted. Now I can update =P
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Anonymous
29 April 2004
Version: 0.5
iTunes 4.5 breaks the playfair 0.5.0 OSX gui app. The app still works on itunes music store files purchased before 4/27/04, but not on any of the current files. :( I want to be able to play these songs in all the possible legal ways - including after the iTMS goes out of business (if that ever happens). playfair is a fairuse tool. While it can be used for piracy, so can a CD burner, or a xerox machine (books/newspapers), but they're still legal. the DCMA is an unconstitutional law, and is in place because of bending over for the WTO. I'm hoping that 0.5.1 is out soon, and leaks it way around the web somehow.
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Anonymous
27 April 2004
Version: 0.5
Now , if I can import MP3's from a CD I paid for why do I not have same rights with music I purchase from Apple. The idea that I can ony use it in three places is the same stupidity that makes music theft so much more justifiable. I am killing my Apple music store account by the way. After finding out how idiotic the restrictions are I have decided to create MP3's from borrowed CDs. The artists can thank Apple for the loss of my money since they have made their music limited use in an age where people are no longer the puppets to big business greed. I am the biggest moron though for having bought into the idea of giving this stupid idea of buying MP3s from Apple a chance.
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Anonymous
22 April 2004
Version: 0.5
I Paid for The song I should be able to do with it what I want. So I do. I could not get playfair to work so this is what I did. 1) make temp folder on desktop, and drag protected AAC files to that folder directly from itunes. 2) Then drop that folder into a clean CDRW and burn it. 3) Open toast and drag files from CDRW into toast (it will convert them). 4) Erase CDRW 5) burn new Audio CD from toast to newly erased CDRW. 6) Open iTunes and import songs from CDRW into whatever format (I use MP3) Its a bit of a pain but after that you have the protected file and a newly unprotected file that you can do what you want with.
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Anonymous
09 April 2004
Version: 0.2
Yep. It probably will be used for piracy. I support that 100%. If you dont like it, go cry in a corner.
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Anonymous
08 April 2004
Version: 0.2
Can we please stop arguing and flaming this application? Yes, it will be used for piracy. Yes, I agree that piracy is wrong even though I do feel that the artists are getting screwed out of they're money. If a person intends on pirating the music, they'll just burn it and rip it anyway. We should be happy that someone is willing to pay the dollar-per-song going to Apple among others, rather than getting the CD from a retailer. This product should not be illegal or worth a law suit. Nor should it be flamed. Please respect the developer and his innovation in file security.
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Anonymous
06 April 2004
Version: 0.2
The mirror is temporarily down until tomorrow afternoon - my server's CMOS battery died without my knowledge, and I had to reboot it today. If anyone feels like hosting it for a day or so - be my guest.
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Anonymous
06 April 2004
Version: 0.2
money money $$$ money money profit money profit profit $$$ money money $$$ money When did every Mac user turn into corporate shills? The sad truth is, EVERYTHING in this country is overpriced. How is a penniless art student expected to buy $400 Adobe art programs? How do people who, for whatever reason, can't afford to buy CD's obtain music? Prices for everything will climb higher and higher and higher, and yet the gap between the upper and lower classes keeps growing. The rich get richer while the poor get poorer. Do you really think the 99¢ per song goes directly to the musician? NO. 98¢ goes off to the record label, while the musicians get screwed. Sharing music helps the musicians, because people who are more exposed to their music are more apt to eventually go and BUY the album eventually. Fight the corporate mentality.
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Paytongar
06 April 2004
Version: 0.2
What are you thinking? I am disgusted that someone who enjoys Mac would create such a program. How do you think this will effect the iTMS? Are the restrictions not lenient enough already? I hope Apple has some solution to this problem; preferably, a lawsuit.
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Anonymous
06 April 2004
Version: 0.2
I know... I'll spend my money and buy tracks from the iTunes Music Store, then give them away for free. Maybe that way someone will be my friend?
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Anonymous
06 April 2004
Version: 0.2
From our "Why bother?" files... This program kind of feels like a big waste to me. Basically all you have to do to remove the restrictions on the purchase music is hit Command-R in iTunes to show the file in the finder, then manually change one letter--the "p" in m4p-- to the letter "a" [of course, it would be wise to duplicate the file beforehand in case something goes wrong in the process]. Sure, that may take a while if you have a bunch of songs you've downloaded, but if you're like me & so far have only gotten a few songs for free via the Pepsi promotion, it's probably not worth downloading a 5MB file to take care of it for you. Also, the ratings one assigns to these songs would disappear, since basically this program will create a new file for your iTunes library. Granted, for most people, they wouldn't have songs they DON'T like on their computer, so this is probably just a minor concern. But if you have smart playlists that separate the good 4-star songs from the even better 5-star songs, this could mess with your playlists.
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Anonymous
06 April 2004
Version: 0.2
Removing restrictions on iTunes-purchased music? If you didn't like the restrictions why did you buy it? This just proves the point that the people doing this stuff simply do not want to compensate content-creators for their work. They want everything for free to do with as they see fit, no matter who is actually harmed or what happens to the industry as a result. Plain and simple.
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Paul Handly
06 April 2004
Version: 0.2
NOTE: This only works with YOUR purchased iTMS files. The key playfair grabs from your iPod only deencodes your own .m4p files - even if you're authorized, it will only output an unplayable file - the file will also kill the Finder pretty fscking fast as well. (personal experience) Also, for those of you who want to convert them all, here's an example shell script to get you started: ----------------------- #!/bin/bash # deDRM.sh locate .m4p | while read line; do echo $line src="$line" dest="${line/%.m4p/.m4a}" /usr/local/bin/playfair "$src" "$dest" done ----------------------- This will find all .m4p files, regardless of authorization, and attempt to convert them to an .m4a in the same folder. This isn't very polished, so use it at your own risk. Thanks to ecatmur on the Gentoo Forums for this.
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