12/12/2008 4:34:00 PM
Codes to Nokia’s Comes With Music cracked
The codes that protect Nokia’s Comes With Music service have been cracked, allowing users to share unlimited downloaded tracks for a one-off payment of £18.
Software called Tunebite is able to strip downloaded songs of their DRM protection by playing and re-recording the tracks and converting them to any format.
It is understood that the software, which costs just £18, can strip away the Microsoft-powered Digital Rights Management coding in seconds.
The breach will worry record companies, which are already struggling to fight against file sharing and online piracy.
Subscribers to Nokia’s Comes With Music service can download unlimited music tracks within a one-year period. Users should only be able to play the files on their PC or selected Nokia handset. The software means that subscribers to the service could potentially share the music between unlimited amounts of PCs or mobile devices.
Nokia is understood to have spent £10m promoting its music download service.