Earlier this month, a group of young programmers released "PyMusique," which allows users of Linux as well as Windows Operating System to access iTunes Music Store, without using Apple’s iTunes software.
PyMusique a third-party Python-based application (works like an exploit) developed by three developers, 'DVD Jon' Johansen, Travis Watkins and Cody Brocious.
PyMusique application exploited the fact that iTunes attaches Apple’s Digital Rights Management (DRM) restrictions to each purchased song after they were downloaded.
PyMusique becomes a Linux alternative to iTunes, allowing non-Apple users to create an online account, select and review songs, then buy and download them.
BATTLE BETWEEN iTUNES AND PyMUSIQUE
PyMusique application triggers a battle between Apple and the app developers that forced Apple immediately to release a patched version 4.7 of iTunes Music Store.
Apple announced that only users of the latest version would be able to access the iTunes Music Store, which disabled PyMusique's access to the music store and prevented users from using this 3rd-party application.
However, the trouble for Apple did not end here.
Only a day after the launch of the new version, PyMusique’s developer Mr. Johansen reverse-engineered the new iTunes code and was able to restore the software ability to communicate with the iTunes online music store.
Undoubtedly, Johansen's PyMusique app inherently violated the Apple's copy protection of iTunes Music Store, but the intention of the app was only to bring Apple’s iTunes client to Linux and Windows operating system.
PyMusique Vs. Apple iTunes is almost similar to the case of Sony Vs. George Hotz (aka "GeoHot"), an infamous hardware hacker who managed to bypass limits of Sony PlayStation 3.
In violation of a federal law that prohibits cracking encryption in hardware and software, George Hotz case results in his agreeing never to tinker again with any Sony product.
Now, let’s see where this battle between Apple and PyMusique ends. However, Johansen’s hack continues to put into question Apple's ability to protect iTunes music publishers and artists.
At the time of writing, PyMusique download page was taken down by its developers.