Uh-oh. Nokia isn’t going to like this. Its all-you-can-eat Comes With Music service is now open to piracy from pesky hackers, able to strip downloaded songs of their precious DRM, all for just a few quid.
It seems Comes With Music’s Microsoft-powered Digital Rights Management coding can be easily stripped away by Tunebite, a naughty bit of software available for just €20, or £17.50.
It works by playing tracks at speed and re-dubbing them into a non-encrypted file, rather than hacking the DRM in the traditional sense. But it can rip through tracks at 54 times their normal speed, so a song takes just a couple of seconds to be yanked free of Nokia’s protection.
Since Comes With Music lets users download as many tracks as they like for an entire year, it’s a huge vulnerability, and bound to have Nokia in a tizzy. But isn’t it about time music publishers saw sense and dropped DRM completely? The majority of users aren’t pirates. They simply want DRM-free tracks so they can listen to purchases on all their devices.
Out now | £17.50 | Tunebite