Anti-copy protection activists have released a new solution that breaks Apple's FairPlay DRM, which secures iTunes-purchased tracks.
The solution, QTFairUse6, comes from the same activists who this week unleashed FairUse4WM, which can strip copy protection from Windows Media files.
Both sets of software let users strip copy protection from their legally acquired music. Once that is done, they can use their songs on any digital device, any platform and any music management software.
The software requires Python 2.4 and several other tools, and uses the information buffered in memory after iTunes decodes the file.
The script currently works on Windows only. "To make it work on Mac one would need to port pydbg or find a similar package and also reverse-engineer iTunes to find the routines which handle AAC data after decryption," the developers explain on their forum.