Nokia launched its ‘Comes With Music’ service in the UK in a fanfare of publicity, promising access to a huge host of music tracks along with free permanent downloads for a year – but now it looks like the company’s facing an unexpected problem – the DRM it uses to limit use of music acquired using the service has been cracked….
Electric Pig informs Nokia has chosen a Microsoft standard for its service, and new software called Tunebite can eliminate the DRM shrouded across Nokia’s ‘Comes With Music’ tracks.
The £17.50 software plays tracks in order to recapture them in a non-encrypted format that’s free of DRM. It can rip through tracks at 54 times their normal speed, the report explains.
“Nokia’s new service is an interesting new model for digital music but at first glance seems fatally flawed,” the head of competing online music firm, 7digital, Drury has said.
“Songs downloaded through the Comes With Music service are not in MP3 format and are wrapped in DRM (Digital Rights Management) locks which means the downloads cannot be played across a multitude of music devices including iPods and all other MP3 players.”
Drury also pointed out that customers are limited in the amount of time they can hang onto the music.
Interviewed yesterday, Drury once again expressed his support for a more open and interoperable future based on the abandonment of DRM.
Via: Electric Pig.