Apple's new iPod encryption system cracked

It seems that Apple has quietly `upgraded' the latest iPods being sold on both sides of the Atlantic with a crypto hash database that stops the machine being used with third-party software that allows unprotected MP3 songs to be played - i.e. downloaded from sources other than iTunes.

Most techies have assumed that the `upgrade' was there to stop peeps downloading music from sites such as MP3Sparks.com and Alltunes.

Well, the good news is that iPod DRM system was cracked over the weekend, with crackers managing to by-pass the hash algorithms and open up the iPod to music from almost any source.

Which is where we were a few months ago.

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