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Nokia Comes With Music DRM Cracked

Gordon Kelly


Nokia Comes With Music DRM Cracked

Nokia rather took the world by surprise when it announced Comes With Music almost exactly one year ago, after all a phone manufacturer wasn't meant to be first out the gate with an all you can eat audio download service. Naturally there was a big hairy 'but' in all this and that was: but there's extensive CMW Digital Rights Management which safeguards the content, or did...

You see today sees something of a wild, rabid tiger thrown into the mix as a new version of little known software Tunebite has been released with the ability to strip DRM from all Comes With Music tracks rendering them yours, forever, to do whatever you want with.

Interestingly, Tunebite's approach is to play CMW tracks at speed and redub them into a non-encrypted file - something which a) is very fast, operating at up to 54x meaning seconds per song and b) essentially it circumvents rather than cracks the encryption meaning it may prove hard for Nokia to do anything about. I can hear the screams from Finland and hair pulling inside the lavish boardrooms of the Big Four record labels as we speak.

What restrictions were there to begin with? Well, key is that the WMA tracks are locked exclusively to your Nokia phone (currently only a 5310 XpressMusic or N95) and your library can only be accessed from a single PC. Re-ripping however won't change the fact the majority of tracks are restricted to 128Kbps (192Kbps with some newer content).

So what now? Well, Nokia can't exactly pull its CMW service from under the feet of its customers and it will likely rely on limited exposure of this situation (sorry Finns) but more importantly it may just deter other companies from launching similar business models...

Tunebite is out now for just 20 euros (£17.48).


via ElectricPig



December 10, 2008, 6:29 pm

DRM has never been bullet proof protection. It has been broken way before Nokia CWM so nothing new here. Apple iTunes DRM tracks can also be stripped...

Hackers, crackers, illegal downloaders etc will always find a way of getting music free but the point is people who genuinely pay for music this news makes no difference whatsoever.

All DRM is stop the casual sharing of tracks such as using their phones to bluetooth to a friend, collegue etc phone.

Also this technique degrades the quality of the original track....

Ben 3

December 10, 2008, 8:20 pm

Would Tunebite work with any DRM WMA file or is purely CWM?


December 10, 2008, 9:36 pm

DRM has never, and will never stop copying of music/videos etc, the only thing it has ever done is annoy there customers, not a very good business model to use.

I would have bought so much more music online, if ->

1. They was DRM free,

2. The pricing was sensible.

I can buy the latest Album from CDWOW for &#1637.99, this includes packaging & delivery, and CD etc, so why on earth is ITunes selling the same digital download for &#1637.99?. Not only is this sort of pricing ripping of there customers, its making them out to be stupid too.


December 11, 2008, 2:40 am

I suppose one answer is convenience. If you buy from CDWOW you have to wait for them to despatch it, then for the postal service to deliver it. On iTunes it's just one click away. Also, if you're just ripping the CDs to your computer, then I suppose it's a case of cutting out the middle man.

Another answer might be because iTunes has such a large market share of the music download market, they can get away with charging 79p for tracks. At least now with Amazon entering the market with &#1633 albums there might be some proper competition for them now. 69p tracks are the way forward (in my opinion).

I think Amazon's service largely fulfils point 1 & 2 you made. Although if they prove decent competition to the iTunes store, maybe the prices of individual tracks could go even lower?

b o d

December 11, 2008, 4:14 am

It may be a first for a mobile supplier, however Napsters have been running a &#16310/month download as much as you like service for a few years now. Tunebite works fine with that.

I don't quite understand paying 79p/track or &#1637.99/album when you can pay &#16310/month and get pretty much all the music you want.


December 12, 2008, 7:11 pm

Tunebite is for over 4 years on the market, 100% legal and has done a great job since it was mentioned in many software magazines and was awarded by them.

It can be used only on legally bought files, you can rerecord them without DRM (fully legal) and also convert them to many other formats.

I find it only fair, that after I have paid for those files, I can use them on an mp3player, mobile phone, iPod, whatever.

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