iMovie removes Apple’s FairPlay DRM from iTunes Music Store songs?


It’s not the first time that Apple’s FairPlay DRM has been circumvented, but it appears that by importing a song into iMovie and then exporting it the DRM gets removed.  There’s no word on whether a loss of quality is involved.  Quite how Apple will get around this is anyone’s guess.  They could make a “critical-update” available to iMovie to block this, but anyone that’s taking advantage of this is unlikely to install an update that might disable the functionality.  Alternatively Apple could just sue themselves under the DMCA 😉


Update: Turns out iMovie does a re-encode of the file, so it’s not really stripping the DRM – it’s little different than burning to a CD and ripping from the CD.

Comments (4)

  1. You mean like GraphEdit does with certain implementations of WM DRM? <g>

  2. jbelkin says:

    Old news. You can remove the DRM from EVERY song you buy from the itunes music store by burning it to a CD … to reload onto your ipod if you so choose –

    just like you can do so with tracks from REAL right now (that you have the rights to – unlike itunes where every track you buy is yours) – by burning it a CD, you can reload onto an ipod.

    So, there so called hack to open up consumer choice? Nothing but a PR gambit – hoping people won’t notice that people can already move ANY song onto the ipod but this way, they get free PR and marketing.

  3. Audio says:

    It’s not the first time that Apple’s FairPlay DRM has been circumvented, but it appears that by importing a song into iMovie and then exporting it the DRM gets removed . There’s no word on whether a loss of quality is involved. Quite how Apple will ge