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Posted on 2006/07/08 14:17:36 (July 2006).

[Wednesday 5th July]
Not a particularly eventful evening, but it did have a distinctly musical theme. One of the great things I found out about iTunes (thanks to Nigel) is that it lets you burn a regular audio CD of albums you have bought from the online music store. And why not? You've paid for it, so why shouldn't you be allowed to have have a CD of it, just as you would if you'd bought the same album from a shop - you're even saving the record company the media costs.

What this does mean though, is that it's an easy way to bypass the DRM protection altogether. There's nothing to stop you taking that CD and ripping it to MP3s (albeit that you may be losing some quality along the way by re-encoding). Whilst I have no intent to exploit this for any illegal purposes - I am quite happy to pay for the music I listen to - it does get round the problem of not being able to listen to music I've bought with iTunes on my MP3 player. It's a small thing, but I was rather pleased with getting this to work. So much so that I went and bought another album from iTunes (which, incidentally, was The Divine Comedy's Victory for the Comic Muse).

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