Cracked: Nokia's Comes with Music DRM

Having struggled to make an impact on the mobile music landscape, Nokia has suffered a fresh blow following the revelation that its Comes with Music (CWM) DRM can be overcome using a €20 software application.

More frustrating is that the software, labelled Tunebite, has taken an innovative approach to removing the DRM from the CWM tracks which would appear to be hard for Nokia to combat. The Tunebite approach is to play CWM tracks at speed and redub them into a non-encrypted file--claiming to convert a track within a few seconds. It would seem unlikely that Nokia can revise its DRM service at this stage and the company may have to hope that few CWM subscribers become aware of the Tunebite application.

In an effort to boost sales of the CWM service, cell phone retailers are already offering deep discounts on the 5310 XpressMusic handset, although industry watchers believe this may be in anticipation of the launch of the new Nokia 5800 XpressMusic touch-screen device that is scheduled for Q1 next year.

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