Broken Fractal Ventures has announced the immediate and free availability of a GStreamer plugin dubbed “El Tunes” which lets Linux users play FairPlay DRMed music tracks purchased via Apple’s iTunes Music Store. The software doesn’t remove the DRM, rather it acts as an unofficial FairPlay implementation on Linux.
El Tunes has been tested on Ubuntu 8.04 using RhythmBox but should function on any modern Linux Distro with GStreamer and a media player that utilizes GStreamer. The company is offering tested packages for Ubuntu and a gzipped tarball for all other Linux distributions. If using the tarball, untar it as root as it installs system-wide.