Just a day after Apple closed a hole in the iTunes Music Store that enabled customers to buy music without digital rights management protection, the two programmers that created software that utilised the hole have successfully broken in again.
An update to the PyMusique software allows non-iTunes 4.7 users to connect to the iTunes Music Store – Apple's fix had involved stopping those people who did not upload the newest version of the iTunes software shopping at the store.
Blocking and blogging
The PyMusique programmers – the infamous DVD Jon and student Travis Watkins – explain their motives in a blog. They say that they created PyMusique to provide access to the iTunes Music Store from alternative operating systems, particularly Linux.
They write: "Our intent was not to circumvent copy protection, and if Apple did DRM on the server, we would leave it in place! But applying DRM in an opensource project is not worth the time it would take to code it."
The programmers have plans that could take the iTunes Music Store to mobile phones before Apple does. The blog explains: "PyMusique was originally developed for Linux, but now works on Windows as well. It should, in theory, work on Mac OS X as well as other OS. I plan to create a to create a Web interface allowing access from cell phones and PDAs as well."
The PyMusique programmers say they are primarily interested in allowing people using Linux computers to purchase music from the iTunes store.