DVD Jon's doubleTwist Allows Ripping of iTunes Music Files

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Only a few people remember this, but DVD Jon cracked Apple's Fairplay DRM way back in late 2006 and offered it up for companies to purchase the tech and integrate it into their own media files. Now DVD Jon has started his own company called doubleTwist that lets people rip protected iTunes music in order to have those files play on other company's devices, such as the Sony PSP or the Zune.


The method doubleTwist uses isn't quite perfect, however. You drag and drop files onto the app, which then fast forwards the file in order to rip and re-encode the contents, which makes it a lossy conversion instead of a purely lossless ripping of the DRM. You can convert about 100 songs in half an hour—much more convenient than the old method of burning a CD, then ripping it back into iTunes.

The whole thing gives you a 5% degradation in sound quality, but is a small price to pay for someone who wants to migrate your music over into another biosphere, such as the PSP, the Zune, Nokia's N-Series, Sony Ericsson's phones, Palm and Windows Mobile (just for example). [Reuters]



@GutterIsATool: "if Apple keeps DRM on the music, it keeps people having to use iPods."

I don't believe that this is the case at all. Lots of people don't dominate their libraries with iTunes purchases, but rather CD rips, torrents and through other DRM-free sites like [Amazon.com] and so forth. The real power in the iTunes ecosystem is NOT the DRM, but rather the software+hardware integration. It won't dock with anything but an iPod, so the DRM is a non-issue here.