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.
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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