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.

If only more of the industry was in the hands of DRM opponents, such as 7digital, play.com, TuneTribe and Amazon MP3 the world would be a better place.

Out now | £17.50 | Tunebite

  • http://blog.omio.com EJStyleS

    Delicious irony that Tunebite has been hacked and torrented on a billion sites!

  • Chewy

    Come on…Tunebite exists for over 4 years now and it has been awarded and mentioned in many software magazines.
    The software is not illegal, does not crack, hack DRM or whatever. The software rerecords the original file, thus allowing users to listen to their legally bought music also on other devices. It also converts files to different formats. There is nothing illegal about it.
    It is intended for personal use and it is 100% legal.
    I think, that it is only fair, that I can play the music files, which I legally bought on every device I would like to.
    Tunebite does not work with files that were not legally bought by the user.
    There are many other software out on the market claiming to be legal, but this really is one and I am happy to have bought it.
    As for Nokia….everybody is thinking of loosing the DRM, the guys want to use it? What were they thinking?

  • mrscruff

    the record labels enforce drm on nokia…because they’re scared of people using nokia phones to freely share music….you can easily share unencypted music by Bluetooth or wifi…record labels are waking up to the fact people are more inclined to buy nonDRM music…they should let nokia sell their music without DRM…it just makes sense

  • DJ Touts

    Where is the gapless album mode we are waiting on for years? I still cannot enjoy my DJ-Mix CDs since they will pause after each track for 2 secs. In my personal network nobody would use such mp3 player. Another issue is the PC application “Nokia Music Manager”. It’s simply uncomfortable to use, no way to maintain a large data base, it will screw up IDtags and cover art, it will not show duplicated entries…just to name a few flaws. Makes me think the developers are not really into music themselves…, sorry to say.

  • http://www.google.com firebomb

    good post congratulations

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