BEIJING, Mar. 22 (Xinhuanet)-- Apple confirmed on Monday that it has closed what is called "the security hole" in the
iTunes Music Store
which was recently exploited.
|Apple today confirmed that it has closed
what it described as "a security hole" in the ITunes Music Store that
allowed users to purchase songs without digital rights management
technology (DRM) attached.|
"The security hole in
the iTunes Music Store which was recently exploited has been closed, and as a
consequence the iTunes Music Store will now sell music only to customers using
iTunes version 4.7," the company said in a statement.
This move causes users of ITunes versions earlier
than 4.7 will need to upgrade in order to continue purchasing songs.
The "closing" also locks the door to users of
PyMusique, a software application for Windows and Linux that served as an
alternate interface to the ITunes Music Store.
Developed by several programmers, including Cody
Brocious and Jon Lech Johansen of DeCSS fame, PyMusique allowed users to preview
songs, register for an ITunes Music Store account, buy songs, and re-download
them after purchase--a feature that ITunes opposes. Enditem