Napster can still be hacked

A month ago, everyone was talking about how you could hack Napster and download music from its monthly subscription service and break the digital rights management using the Winamp player. Winamp, which is a division of AOL upgraded the software and basically shut down the music-theft quickly. You could not play back Napster music unless you downloaded the latest version of Winamp. So you thought the DRM breaking problem was licked. Not really – thanks to any digital recorder software that runs on Microsoft Windows Media Player, you can still hack the Napster subscription package. Most of these software packages use the sound output to record the music to the hard drive. For example, Tunebite. In addition there is software package out there which can still decode right from DRM-protected Windows Media files. I have heard that there is another software Virtuosa which can do that. Virtuosa will convert protected WMA without analog conversion. The new version of the software doesn’t do that, but the older 5.0 version will let you break the DRM. Oh Oh! Since I don’t have a windows machine, I have not tested it out. Let me know if you try it out. Update: Apparently Wiretap, a freeware program does precisely the same for Macs.

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