Zune DRM stripped
Hackers create demand for Microsoft iPodcopy
Hackers have released an application that strips off copy-protection features on music bought via the Zune Marketplace, Microsoft's online music store.
The package makes it possible to remove the DRM shackles off Zune Marketplace tracks. Zune Marketplace works with Microsoft's Zune media players in a similar way to Apple's iTunes and iPod. But unlike iPods, Zune players come with built-in Wi-Fi connections. So the hack allows subscribers of Zune Marketplace to hand over music to their mates who don't have a subscription but do have a Zune. Normally shared music can only be played three times.
Zune DRM Stripper does exactly what it says on the tin, according to audiophiles at Zune Scene. "We were 100 per cent successful with the Zune crack on marketplace files and even files transferred via Zune to Zune Wi-Fi," the site reports.
The package comes with two executables - FairUse4wm and mirakagi, seemingly a Zune decryption extension to the previously released (main executable). Expect updates from Microsoft to address the apparent shortcomings of its file protection software, which hackers will continue to attack. As a result, end users - most of whom will never come near a Zune - will end up running ever more bloated and, inevitably, buggy software. ®
Not a very good troll... must try harder!
> Believe me, I am no Microsoft fan, but in the same way that I would never drive a Scoda.
Mmm... Not sure what to make of that, given that Skodas are pretty good these days -- even Whych says so. :-)
But you are missing a couple of points. Firstly, the discussion is about DRM, and DRM is software broken by design, in order to prevent me, as a purchaser of a content, to do with that content as I damn well like. The three strikes.... er, plays and "you are out" is a particularly blatant "pigopolist" move.
Secondly, as a more general point, MS stuff is engineered in a way which breaks all rules of good software design, 'cause modularity and clean interfaces would give other companies too much scope for providing alternatives, so it's all entangled as a matter of deliberate choice. As any 1st year IT student will tell you, the inevitable and demonstrable result is more buggy software. But because MS managed to get themselves into a de facto monopoly position, telling people to "use something else" is simply naive. Most people don't want the hassle of dealing with "near compatibility", which is anyway always at risk of being subverted by the next version of MS software.
Right, as a tech user of a fair number of years I have _finally_ had enough of people who insist on blaming Microsoft for all the world's ills. Believe me, I am no Microsoft fan, but in the same way that I would never drive a Scoda.
OK, kids, clean out those ears and listen...
Microsoft sells products for people to use. These products will invariably break, just as if you drive a car at 9000rpm everywhere then in first gear then that will break. If you bend the tongs on a fork, then it ceases to become a fork. If you want to hack Windows, then hack. It was _never_ sold to be unbreakable or guarenteed to be completely secure.
GET THE FUCK OVER IT, PEOPLE.
Operating Systems, in whatever flavour, are tools to do a job. That's it. Sometimes they are fallible, sometimes not. Programs, again in whatever flavour or guise, are tools to do a job. If you don't like them, or find them unfit-for-purpose, then use something else.
It's still a free country, last time I checked. At least for the moment...
Right, I'm going to get drunk now. Had a lousy day.....
Women....can't live with them, can't shoot them.
"Anyway it's not a bad little player. It does the RADIO, and that was a feature that was missing in the i land of players. Battery life is 4 hours of stored music files and 6+ of radio time."
My iRiver did radio when I got it 3-4 years ago, and had 16 hours of playback time (all for cheaper than an iPod - I don't really ever use it since I tend to always have other ways of playing music to hand, but I still have it and it still works), not a piddly 6 hours.. that is unbelievably pathetic.
(I really wish we got notified of future comments, as I never check back to see if anyone replies :P )