Nokia’s Comes With Music DRM cracked

It seems that Tunebite allows Nokia’s DRM to be cracked. Tunebite has been around for a while so it’s not a new system.

Tunebite internally “plays” the DRM’ed music at high speed and converts the digital output back into a non-DRM file.

It’s very unlikely that Nokia can do much about this, it’s like plugging the output of the sound card in your PC back into a recorder (though there’s an analogue conversion there). Tunebite does the same thing, but in the digital domain.

By Steve Kennedy

I have over 20 years' experience in the Telecoms/Internet/Mobile industries. I was involved with internet in the UK before it had a commercial presence, internet streaming from its beginning (he was the first UK Real Networks customer), and set-up the first Internet Dance Radio Station ( I was also involved with the first netcast of BigBrother (UK).

I am an acknowledged "independent Industry expert" and uses those abilities in consulting and working with a number of investment partners on various projects. I also am a freelance journalist writing on technology subjects.

I'm also a Director of UKEC Ltd - the UK ENUM Consortium that is the governing body for ENUM in the UK.

7 replies on “Nokia’s Comes With Music DRM cracked”

In my view this is not a good thing, I hope that Nokia do not change their FUP. On the plus side this software will probably not appeal to your average normob who will be happy with the comes with music service.


If a service that was hated by artist, completely ignored by the public and fought tooth-and-nail by MNO's falls over in the forest, is skinned, gutted, hung to dry for a year then served in an upmarket Finnish restaurant alongside the PARILOITUA PORON SISÄFILETTÄ, does anyone care?

Concept: pay a large up-front fee, get unlimited music to do with what you will.

I agree, that's a likeable concept.

Pity NCWM has absolutely *nothing* to do with the above description. The devil's in the detail, and the kids NCWM was supposed to draw in in hordes are savvy enough to see the reality – that it was not unlimited, was not free to do with what they will, could not be ported to other devices, and locked them into being a Nokia customer.

Nice concept, hopeless reality. Like marrying a supermodel.


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