Apple iBooks DRM Hacked for the First Time: FairPlay like Solution is Imminent

By on February 26, 2012

Apple’s iBooks Digital Rights Management (DRM) copy protection has been cracked for the first time as reported tech forums and noted by The Digital Reader.


Reports are coming in today that the latest version of Requiem, an app that removes Fairplay DRM from music and videos sold via iTunes, will now also remove the DRM from iBooks ebooks.

It is a very noteworthy move as the iBooks DRM has been hacked for the first time and through this hack the folks would be able to use iBooks downloaded from iTunes on other platforms besides Apple’s iBooks reader only.

In the past, Apple’s DRM for music and movies was also hacked and to counter these hacks Apple pushed out FairPlay technology to iTunes.

FairPlay is a digital rights management (DRM) technology created by Apple Inc., based on technology created by the company Veridisc. FairPlay is built into the QuickTime multimedia software and used by the iPhone, iPod, iPad, Apple TV, iTunes, and iTunes Store and the App Store. Formerly, all songs in the iTunes Store were encoded with FairPlay. Apple later started offering a selection of songs that, after an additional 50 cents is paid per song, could be downloaded FairPlay-free.Currently, in the US, Apple does not sell songs with FairPlay encryption. FairPlay digitally encrypts AAC audio files and prevents users from playing these files on unauthorized computers.

The majority of FairPlay-encrypted content is purchased through the iTunes Store, using the iTunes software. The iTunes software relies on Apple’s Quicktime multimedia software for decoding and playback of the encrypted files. Every media player capable of using QuickTime is capable of playing back FairPlay-encrypted files, including RealPlayer, Media Center, Media Player Classic and Songbird.

Apple will have to introduce FairPlay like solution, most likely, for wiping out this hack too.

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