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October 22, 2005

iTunes 6

The tip is easy: Don't upgrade yet.

See JHymn for information:

It appears that if you make any purchases using iTunes 6.0, from that point on you must use 6.0 — and then JHymn won't work for you either. JHymn will have to learn how to perform the iTunes 6.0 protocol before this problem is likely to be fixed -- so hang on, it could be a bit of a wait.
In the meantime, you may wish to delay upgrading to iTunes 6.0 so that you can continue to free your music until a new solution is found.

Also note that I am not suggesting you use JHymn for piracy (and neither is the author of the software):

Let me start with what JHymn is not meant to do. JHymn is not meant to aid music piracy. I personally love shopping for music at the iTunes Music Store (I have nearly 900 legally-purchased songs so far, at the time of this writing), I'm happy to pay for the music I get, and I wish Apple all the success in the world at making legal music downloads a viable, profitable business.
I don't much care, however, for Digital Rights Management (DRM). I understand why it's there, and I know Apple never would have gotten the music industry to cooperate without it, but that doesn't mean I have to like DRM or having my fair-use rights restricted.
I have a non-Apple network music player attached to my stereo. With DRM, I can't play my music on my stereo with my existing equipment. I like to play my music on my computer at work, but I don't like the idea of having to "authorize" a computer that's not completely under my control. I like to edit my music sometimes — trimming intros, adding fade-ins and fade-outs, splicing consecutive tracks together to eliminate between-track dropouts, etc. As of iTunes 4.5 and QuickTime 6.5.1, however, my favorite audio editing software would no longer open my iTunes purchases for editing. That really annoyed me. I couldn't burn iTMS purchases music using Toast anymore, either. That annoyed me even more.

Posted by Ozguru at October 22, 2005 06:00 AM