iTune files

Matthew Flaschen matthew.flaschen at gatech.edu
Sun Mar 18 18:34:55 UTC 2007


Andy wrote:
> On 18/03/07, Chris <racerx at makeworld.com> wrote:
>> m4p - the music files you purchase and download from iTunes. These are
>> the files that are DRM.
> 
> I am not an expert on this format, but if the content is encrypted
> won't you need the decryption keys? I doubt this would have been
> stored with the file. Its more likely stored with the iTunes data,
> possibly in the registry. There was a program to decrypt iTunes files,
> but it had to be run from within Windows, presumably for that reason.
> 
>> At this point, I do have the whole 17 gig worth of my iTunes on DVD.
>> I'll have to wait for some wizard out there to either come up with a
>> version of iTunes that works under Linux, or wait for an app that will
>> rid the m4p's of the protection. *Sigh*
> 
> Well if you will insist on using a proprietary format this is the risk
> you take. That one day access to your files may be withheld from you.

I agree.  I didn't realize this before, but now I refuse to buy or even
listen to any DRM-protected media.  I still buy music, but only as a CD
(that I then rip to Ogg Vorbis), or from companies like Magnatune that
sell legal music without DRM.

Matt Flaschen




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