Nokia 'Come With Music' DRM 'Hacked' by £18 Software
I hope I'm not the only one who finds DRM a pain in the arse. It's like buying a CD only to find out that you can play it in your stereo, but not your car, forcing honest consumers to buy their music twice. Talk about letting someone else decide where your music should play!
Microsoft Digital Rights Management however suffered another defeat yesterday, months after pairing up with mobile phone company Nokia, when a software called 'Universal Converter' for sale at ~£18 (20 euros) strips away the DRM, allowing users to 'legally' copy the songs.
Nokia's 'Comes With Music' service allows you to download millions of tracks from their website. But due to DRM restrictions, it does not allow burning from unlimited tracks. The music in WMA format must remain in the phone. The software, produced by company Tunebite, lets users copy tracks once they have downloaded them from Nokia's website by removing DRM protection and apparently 'legally re-record[ing] and save[ing] them as private copies'.