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DoubleTwist hacker unlocks Apple's music protection code.

Worldwide Computer Products News-25 October 2006-DoubleTwist hacker unlocks Apple's music protection code(C)1995-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD

A hacker from DoubleTwist has found a way to unlock the code which prevents users of computer company Apple Computer Inc's iPod from playing songs other than those from the iTunes online music store.

DoubleTwist, which plans to licence the code to businesses, said Jon Lech Johansen, who cracked the encryption on DVDs as a teenager, cracked Apple's FairPlay copy-protection technology.

The company said Johansen had reverse-engineered FairPlay, enabling other companies to provide content for the iPod music player and offer products which play music from iTunes.

Apple currently works to ensure only music purchased from its iTunes store is available for Apple products, with songs bought from other online music stores generally not working on iPods. The iTunes store accounts for 88% of the US's legal song downloads at present, and the iPod holds over 60% of digital music player sales.

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Date:Oct 25, 2006
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