Sharing iTunes With ourTunes

Apple disabled iTunes sharing some time ago, but David Blackman has produced a Java application that puts that functionality back, whilst respecting Apple’s FairPlay copy protection.

Blackman’s ourTunes program allows authorised users to browse iTunes libraries on remote computers and download unprotected songs. DRM-protected tracks bought from the iTunes music store cannot be copied, and the program is not a P2P client. Additionally, MyTunes only works with iTunes clients on the same network, so there’ll be no naughty browsing and copying over the internet.

“ourTunes isn’t that type of program. It’s designed to only function within your local network. This is partially a design constraint of Apple’s iTunes program, and partially a decision on our part. ourTunes is not meant to be Kazaa. It’s only useful for exchanging music with people close by, who you more than likely know.” Blackman explains.

Blackman describes ourTunes as a continuation of several existing open source projects with additional features like a search function a user-friendly interface.

The Java application works on Window, Linux and Macintosh computers with a Java Runtime Environment installed.


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Fraser Lovatt

Fraser Lovatt has spent the last fifteen years working in publishing, TV and the Internet in various capacities, and believes that they will be seperate platforms for at least a while yet. His main interests at the moment are exploring where Linux is taking home entertainment and how technology is conferring technical skills on more and more people. Fraser Lovatt was born in the same year that 2001: A Space Odyssey was delighting and confusing people in the cinemas, and developed a lifelong love of technology as soon as he realised that things could be taken apart, sometimes put back together again, but mostly left in bits or made into something the original designer hadn't quite planned upon. At school he was definitely in the ZX Spectrum/Magpie/BMX camp, rather than the BBC Micro/Blue Peter/well-behaved group. This is all deeply ironic as he later went on to spend nine years working at the BBC. After a few years of working as a bookseller in Scotland, ("Back when it was actually a skilled profession" he'll tell anyone still listening), he moved to England for reasons he can't quite explain adequately to himself. After a couple of publishing jobs punctuated by sporadic bursts of travelling and photography came the aforementioned nine years at the BBC where he specialised in internet technologies and video. These days his primary interests are Java, Linux, videogames and pies - and if they're not candidates for convergence, then what is?