A code that prevents songs downloaded from Apple’s iTunes store being played on any other device besides the iPod has reportedly been hacked.
According to DoubleTwist, the firm that intends to license the code, 22-year old hacker Jon Lech Johansen managed to ‘reverse’ Apple’s FairPlay copy-protection technology.
Currently, songs bought from other online download stores do not work on the iPod. Apple’s iTunes has an 88% share of the music download market, and 60% of those with digital music devices own an iPod.
The hacking technology could potentially help rivals offer devices that play iTunes-bought downloads and downloads that work on iPods.
Apple has declined to comment on the announcement.