The DRM camp has suffered yet another embarrassing defeat after it was revealed today that a simple 20 Euros application can bypass the Microsoft Digital Rights Management system leaving the songs open to copying, all legally.
The software, produced by Tunebite, allow you to copy tracks after the user downloaded it from Nokia's website. The only restrictions Nokia currently puts on Comes With Music files, which are in WMA format, are (a) only your Xpressmusic Nokia phones will be able to play the music (b) the music files are tied to the computer on which the library is found.
Cunningly, Tunebite's Universal converter claims that it legally removes DRM copy protection from music, audio books, videos and movies not by cracking the DRM but rather by playing the music tracks silently in the background and then legally re-recording and saving them as private copies at speeds of up to 54x.
This means that an hour worth of music should be copied in roughly one minute. Interestingly, Tunebite can put the claim to hack any DRM system (ed : unless the copyright industry start implanting decoding chips in our heads). However Tunebite won't be able to hack DRM audio files if you download them to your phone only.
Nokia Comes With Music phones start from £127.18 with unlimited access to millions of tracks. You can download a demo of Tunebite here.