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Making Digital Music and Video More Portable

Boot Camp feature for Friday, January 2, 2009

Making digital music and video more portable. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. There can be a fine line between piracy....and legitimately taking digital music or video you've legally acquired...from one type of device to another. A company called Rapid Solutions has created software called Tunebite that walks that line....allowing you make legal copies. How? CEO Hannes Prokoph....

"We do not crack in any way DRM protection, because this would clearly be illegal. But what we do instead is something which basically you could do with any Windows. We simply play back the DRM secured media files, for which by the way, the user needs to have purchased it before. But while playing it back we are recording the sound. And in this way we are creating a new file which is, of course, without DRM protection. And so it's a great way, if you buy music online and want to use it on an MP3 player and want to use it in a car or something and you get problems because of DRM restrictions, you can use Tunebite to free it from this restriction and use it."

Tunebite software ensures the copies sound at least nearly as good as the original files. A version of the software that works with both music and video sells for under forty dollars. Keep in mind...the use is only legal if the copies you make are for yourself and not someone else. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.