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Software developer Streambox has figured out a way to crack RealNetworks' RealAudio encryption and has released a utility that will RealAudio files into MP3, WAV or Windows' MS Audio format. The software's USP is that it allows users to record streamed RealAudio files 'off the air' and play them back at a time that best suits them. Sounds a trifle dodgy, no? But Bob Hildeman, Streambox's CEO, interviewed by online music vendor MP3.com, claimed that the software, called Streambox Ripper, doesn't infringe any of RealNetworks' licensing agreements. Hildeman said that RealNetworks was aware of his product, but had not complained about it. Indeed, the company probably reckons it's a neat idea -- so we can probably expect them to add such a feature to RealJukebox, and modify their licence accordingly. Streambox Ripper costs $34.99, but the company has a time-limited, 15-day demo available from its Web site. ® Related Stories RealNetworks subsidiary's gaffe led to DVD crack RealNetworks climbs down and says sorry over CD data RealNetworks caught secretly swiping users' jukebox data

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