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iTunes [Oct. 21st, 2003|11:05 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
I played with Apple's music store earlier today.

How can I convert .m4p files (Apple's iTunes AAC files) to mp3? To me, AAC is useless.

I figure since I use Windows iTunes under Linux vmware, I could just use one of those /dev/dsp capturer things, and then re-encode the results to mp3. Only problem then is it's real-time encoding... I'd like to find a way to do it faster, in a batch.

[User Picture]From: supersat
2003-10-22 12:36 am (UTC)
I'm pretty sure there are virtual sound card drivers for Windows that capture the audio and record it as a WAV file (which you can easily convert to an MP3), since Windows ME and XP have a feature called "Secure Audio Path" that allows a player app to send encrypted audio to the kernel and specify that the audio should only be played through "trusted" devices. These devices must output only an analog signal, and must not allow any hooks to be used that could to intercept the audio data. See my original rant about it here.

I really doubt that iTunes uses "Secure Audio Path" in ME/XP anyway, since it requires you to use Microsoft's DRM technology.

Of course, capturing audio like this is a violation of the DMCA. In fact, I'm not even sure talking about it is legal.
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