Good to see the famous (fx: doffs cap with respect) Norwegian hacker Jon Lech Johansen - aka DVD Jon - releasing a new piece of software that is bound to upset the powers that be.
The freeware application - known as Doubletwist - allows iPod users to play music purchased from iTunes on non-Apple devices.
I downloaded the application last night and was amazed at how easy it was to use - basically you drag and drop tracks from the iTunes folder area and into other folders on the Windows desktop.
In the process, the software seems to remove any last vestiges of DRM protection that iTunes gives its music. You can then move the files onto mobile phones, third-party music players and so on.
According to newswire reports, the software cracks Apple's FairPlay DRM encryption, which means tracks that can only be played on Apple gizmos and computers running registered copies of iTunes can now be played almost anywhere and anything.
Apple does, of course, sell DRM-free MP3 tracks for a few pence more, but the software that DVD Jon has developed should cut iTunes users' bills a bit - assuming, of course, they're mad enough to use iTunes for non-Apple music...