Tuesday, December 25, 2007

MelodyCan converts any music or movie to unprotected media formats

Melodycan is tool for converting any kind of audio and video data to commonly used formats such as MP3, AAC, WAV audio, MPEG4, DivX movie. It uses unique technology which gives a capability to convert any kind of protected and unprotected data to regular audio and video formats which can be played on dozens of compatible devices. For example Melodycan can convert protected music files from Napster, URGE, Yahoo! Music and actually can convert any kind of protected Windows Media Audio (WMA) files to regular MPEG1-Layer3 audio (MP3), convert iTunes music files (M4P) to MP3 as well as convert Rhapsody music files (RAX) to MP3. The only condition is that the music content must be legally obtained and can be played on the computer where Melodycan is installed.

When converting your audio content you have of choice of such destination audio format:
  • MP3 – MPEG1-Layer3 nowadays is most widespread audio format which is supported by almost any audio/video devices.
  • AAC – MPEG4-AAC is audio format natively intended for MPEG4 movies. Now it is supported by many well-known portable audio devices such as iPod.
  • WAV – Uncompressed audio is right choice if you plan to rip your converted audio files to audio CD or edit your audio content with a waveform audio editor.

When converting your video content you may choose from one of following video formats:

  • MPEG4 for iTunes (M4V file extension) – is intended for iTunes-compatible video devices such as iPod.
  • DivX for home video systems (AVI file extension) – is intended for DivX-compatible video devices such as home or portable DVD/DivX video players.

Whatever kind of media you need to convert, Melodycan is best choice for you. So forget about restrictions and enjoy your music and movies everywhere.

Monday, December 24, 2007

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Friday, December 14, 2007

Apple issues QuickTime fix

Apple has released a new security patch for QuickTime, its eighth update this year for the media player software.

The update addresses three critical security holes in QuickTime, including a vulnerability that has been used in attacks by online criminals.

The most critical of the flaws lies in QuickTime's implementation of the Real Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP), used to play audio and video over the Internet. The flaw was made public 23 November, and in early December attackers began exploiting the flaw in online attacks. By tricking victims into visiting a malicious website that exploited the flaw, hackers were able to install malicious software on the victims' PCs.

To date, these attacks have targeted Windows-based systems, but security experts say that Mac OS X users are also at risk to the vulnerability. Apple has issued patches for both Windows and Mac OS X users.

The second critical vulnerability, which had apparently not been publicly disclosed, has to do with a flaw in the QuickTime Media Link (QTL) file format used by the media player. Security researchers have recently been looking at the way QuickTime works with these files as a potential source of new bugs.

Apple also patched a handful of similar bugs in the way that QuickTime handles Adobe's Flash media format. The most serious of these flaws could let attackers run unauthorized software on the computer, much as the RTSP bug does, Apple said.

With security researchers paying special attention to media format bugs, Apple has had to patch QuickTime frequently this year. Some of these updates have come just weeks apart. Apple last patched QuickTime on 5 November.

How To Remove DRM From WMA - Is It Legal?

Technically, it’s illegal to remove DRM from WMA protected music. Digital Rights Management (DRM) is part of the music industry’s effort to curb piracy. There are legitimate reasons for removing it, but first understand DRM can not be removed from file sharing network downloads. Most tracks can be legally copied 3 to 5 times, and this has been exceeded long before they appear on a peer-to-peer network. You must have either purchased the music or have unrestricted free music downloads.

There is no easy way to remove DRM, but it can be removed with some effort and know-how. The best advice is to only download music in the format you need, and that you have the right to copy to an mp3 player, CD or other device. It’s also important to determine that the player will recognize and play the DRM protected WMA track.What if I Really Like the songs and Want to convert them?Let’s say you’ve already downloaded music and need to convert to another audio codec.

The common conversion method is to burn the tracks on a CD, then rip them in the desired codec’s format. Even this requires special ripping software and numerous steps because the DRM is still embedded in the tracks. And because codecs like WMA, mp3, OGG, AAC, etc. are lossy formats, the sound quality will be degraded.Lossy formats selectively discard sounds the human can’t hear to make the file smaller. But each format removes slightly different sounds. For example, converting a track using a WMA to mp3 converter is now missing the sounds that both codecs have deleted.

There are other ways to remove DRM and convert WMA to mp3, but they require numerous steps and more software. I found the most easier software. Only two clicks and your protected wma files become unprotected mp3. Conversion speed and quality is very good. Also I noticed when playback window is partially obscured it doesn’t affect converted file. So as for me MelodyCan is a great solution to convert protected files - legally.

So when you legally download music from services such as iTunes and Musicmatch Jukebox, the files are protected by Digital Rights Management (DRM). This prevents you from playing the music on unsupported players. I use MelodyCan software to remove protection. But remember distributing these files is illegal.

I found free trial version here ~> http://www.convert-any-media.com/index.php
You can try it too.

Remove iTunes DRM easily and quickly

EMI and Apple are leading the way to remove copy restrictions from digital music files. Will the rest of the market follow? Can they afford not to?

Hatred of digital rights management (DRM) is about as old as the digital music business that made it famous, or infamous if you see it that way. DRM, also used widely in DVD videos, although not to the same level of outrage, aims to prevent users from making unauthorized copies of digital music files they download from commercial music services, the most famous being Apple's iTunes.

Typically, the restrictions prevent you from transferring the music to other users or from burning more than a specific number of CDs. You are generally allowed to have more than one copy – music purchased on Apple's iTunes, for example, can be played on up to five computers and an unlimited number of iPods – but it still leads to inconveniences for users.

Music labels have found other ways to generate bad PR for themselves. Some music labels have attempted in some cases to add protection to music CDs by installing software surreptitiously when the disk is inserted in the PC. In one infamous case , Sony was discovered to be installing a "rootkit," which is a particularly abusive form of malware, on Windows PCs, when a music CD was inserted.

Music DRM always had some holes in it. For instance, it's generally possible to circumvent DRM restrictions by buying a CD of the music and "ripping" the tracks, which means converting them from the CD format to MP3 or some other format playable on PCs and music players. Such files will run without restriction.

One vendor, Lala , has created a CD-sharing network, allowing users to get CDs from others on the network for just $1. It might be wrong for those users to rip all the tracks and trade the CD to someone else, but of course that sort of thing is happening. But customers don't want to have to buy whole albums anymore; they want to be able to pick individual tracks.

And inconvenience isn't the only problem with DRM. As Apple's Steve Jobs explained in his famous essay on digital music from early this year, all DRM systems depend on keeping secrets. Once the secrets are discovered, as they often seem to be after some time, the DRM is compromised, and the vendor has to implement a new one. This is a technically unsatisfying solution, and Jobs suggests that it will forever remain a cat and mouse game between vendors and hackers.Ultimately, Jobs argues that DRM is a futile exercise because the same music labels that have insisted on it for on-line sales still sell unprotected versions on CD. Apple research indicates that the large majority of music on the average iPod is unprotected. Therefore there are too many ways for users easily to circumvent the protections. This is the secret that Lala discovered. (This may also be the crucial difference between music and video, as high-quality unprotected versions of movies are not generally available to consumers.)Now, one of the four major music companies has discovered it too. EMI recently announced that it would offer its music for sale on line, initially on iTunes, without DRM restrictions. Perhaps as a form of research, it will continue to offer the DRM versions at 99 cents, but also an unprotected version, encoded at a higher bit rate, for $1.29. iTunes will also offer an "upgrade" option for 30 cents per track to remove DRM from EMI tracks.

No word yet from the other major music companies (Universal, Sony BMG, Warner), but the pressure may be difficult for them to resist. They may wait to see if the revenues to EMI outweigh any incremental piracy, but this could be difficult to gauge in the short term. Piracy is hard to measure, and there will certainly be a boost in short-term revenue, at least from the upgrades that many users will buy. In the longer term, some artists will prefer to sign with labels that don't use DRM.

In the end, it's all about money. If Jobs is right, that it will always be too easy to get unprotected music, then DRM only inconveniences honest people – the same ones you can trust to buy unprotected music. At this point, the economic rationale for DRM will disappear, as will the labels' insistence on it.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Sensible DRM? Nokia's new music service

Digital rights management, better known by its acronym DRM, is a concept that's been unpopular from the start.

For the media industry, the big issue with distributing music in the form of digital files was always that there was no way of preventing the punters going and copying the files to their mates. DRM promised to provide a way of selling digital music (and film, but I'm going to focus on music in this post) files whilst preventing customers doing this. All good stuff - everyone's a winner - right?

Unfortunately not. DRM has not been a success so far. An important reason for this appears to be that the media industry has been over-zealous in using DRM technology to restrict customers from playing their purchased music the way that they want to play it. Let's take the most well known example of applied DRM: iTunes. Buy a piece of music on iTunes and want to play it on your MP3 player? That's fine, provided your MP3 player is an iPod; try and convert your purchased music into an MP3 and iTunes will tell you 'no can do'. Want to back up your iTunes music for safe keeping? Again, fine, but let's hope that the back-up isn't your 6th copy of the file, because if it is then your file won't play.

The level of restriction in iTunes and other digital music services go far beyond what the average person would expect to have imposed on them when buying music. As a result, it seems that many people are put-off from buying digital music files - in September last year I noted that less than a quarter of iPod owners regularly buy music from iTunes. Most people can't get their heads around the complex restrictions imposed by DRM, and so want nothing to do with commercial services that use it.

To make matters worse, at the end of the day, DRM isn't effective. Simply burn your music to a CD and then rip the CD back into (DRM-free) MP3 files. Or use one of the many tools freely available online that allow you to remove DRM protection. Even Bill Gates has said that there are "huge problems" with DRM, and Apple is now backtracking from DRM with the introduction earlier this year of iTunes Plus, a service that provides DRM-free music tracks that are slightly more expensive than their bolted-down DRM cousins.

No one wins from DRM - the music industry doesn't get the revenue, and we are left without a decent way of legitimately buying digital music files.

Into this tarnished technological arena steps Nokia, with an interesting new use of DRM (see a report by The Registry). The mobile phone company is gradually developing a content-business, and part of this is a digital music service. Nokia has said that the service, which will launch in 2008, will allow users of certain Nokia phones to download music to their devices for free, and keep them for as long as they want. Only if they want to move the music from their Nokia will people have to pay a fee.

These are the kind of usage restrictions that anyone can understand and, just as important, the restrictions are commercially fair to the customer. The customer gets a high-quality music file for free, and it's legitimate - the best preview service in existence. Want to do more with the file? Pay a fee and off you go. Customers aren't put-off from using the service in the first place, meaning that the music industry stands to make some money.

There are a few problems with Nokia's proposal: the service is PC-only (wave goodbye to the Mac & Linux market), and restrictions on use will apply even after you've paid to move the music to your computer. However, I'm going to stick my neck out and say that, if Nokia resolve those problems, this is a potentially brilliant use of DRM.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

How to Convert protected Music/ Video

When you legally download music from services such as iTunes and Musicmatch Jukebox, the files are protected by Digital Rights Management (DRM). This prevents you from playing the music on unsupported players. Use these steps to convert your protected audio files to MP3. Be aware that you may only listen to these files. Distributing them is illegal.

As MP3 Players only accept audio, you need to convert the audio from your videos to MP3 and other popular audio formats. Here I’ll use MelodyCan Ultra Video software to convert audio from video to MP3, M4A, WMA, AAC, WAV, OGG which supports all the iPod and other MP3/ MP4 players.

1 Download MelodyCan Ultra Video edition, install and run it.

2 Set desired MelodyCan settings.

3 If you check “Automatically start conversion” in MelodyCan settings, conversion will start immediately after the program startup.

4 If you check “Advanced mode”, you’ll be able to listen to converted files in MelodyCan window.

Don’t forget to choose the suitable output folder (your converted files will be saved there).

6 Select the files for conversion using “Select Files” button in MelodyCan main window toolbar. You can alternately drag’n’drop entire folders with your music from Windows Explorer to MelodyCan window.

7 After you finished with settings, click on “Convert” button to start the conversion.

8 In the result your converted files will appear in output folder.

9 Now only one click left! “Copy to iPod” button will copy your converted music to iPod.

So now you can copy the music to your iPod or share them to your friends.


If the audio (music, song) format not fits for your MP3 players, Run MelodyCan Professional to convert audio formats as you want. The process is the same as convert video to audio.

Add audio -> Choose the output audio format -> Convert

MelodyCan is not compatible with Mac OS. It can only be run on Windows XP and Vista.


* The demo version of the program is available on "http://www.convert-any-media.com/includes/download.php" With the
demo version, you can convert 3 minutes of each video file and 30 seconds of each music file.
* MelodyCan is easy to install and use with a very handy and clear user interface.
* Super fast conversion, up to 40x the playback speed for audio files in batch mode

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