Nokia 'Come With Music' DRM 'Hacked' by £18 Software

11 December 2008

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'. 

Techradar says that this works in the same way as burning the tracks onto a CD, the copying it to the PC.  Cunning.  A demo of Tunebite is available for download here.

[ITPortal]

5 comments

  • XP T.
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  • Rubisco
    It's not legal though is it? 'Comes with Music' tracks aren't purchased like a CD or an iTunes track, they're licensed to use on your phone only. Using Tunebite is like copying a DVD you've rented.
  • MarkyMark
    Tunebite is not "cracking" DRM, it is not intended to crack Nokia´s music. It exists for a long time now and it´s purpose is to help users who have bought legally music from stores to play the files also on other devices and not to be restrained to use them only on the PC but also to convert to other formats also. It basically rerecords the original files without harming the DRM. The solution is legal, compared to what other wannabe softs are on the market. It was even awarded in software magazines (that´s how I found out about it). I have it since 2006 and can´t think why it would be illegal as long as it is intended for personal use.
  • Rubisco
    I'm not saying that Tunebite is illegal in itself, just saying that the act of using it to convert a Nokia subscription download does not mean you suddenly legally have the right to do whatever you like with the file, as if you'd downloaded it off iTunes or the like. The converted file would have exactly the same illegal status as a peer-to-peer download.
  • out_of_no_where
    Hahaha. I think TuneClone is the best at this job :D It defeats iTunes badly lol. http://www.tuneclone.com/

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