Catching Up With Requiem

I’ve been remiss in keeping up with Requiem news since my last post, back in October. At the time I reported on the release of Requiem 1.8.1 which enabled FairPlay DRM removal on the Mac for iTunes 8.0.1, but didn’t work on Windows. In the meantime iTunes 8.0.2 has been released, which breaks Requiem – so don’t upgrade to that if you want to use Requiem.

But Requiem 1.8.2 was also released, which enables DRM removal in iTunes 8.0.1 under Windows. The discussion thread in the Hymn project forums has the details. If you need iTunes 8.0.1 you can get it for Windows or Mac from

I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again, I do not support or condone piracy. I stress that Requiem strips the DRM but does not strip personally identifiable information. If you share the freed files they can be linked to your iTunes account. I support the use of Requiem solely for personal fair use, being able to use the music on non-Apple devices – like streaming to a TiVo or loading them on your non-iPhone smartphone.

I’d link to Requiem, but Apple sends out cease and desist notices to sites that do, so I’ll just say use Google, it is available via BitTorrent.

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  • Glenn

    Still using TuneBite myself. Anything I absolutely have to buy from iTunes I just use TuneBite to convert to MP3 immediately. Yes it degrades the quality. That’s just another reason not to buy the DRM-infected stuff in the first place. But sometimes iTunes is the only place I can find something. I simply won’t keep DRM-infected music files around. And yes, I pay for my music.

    Participating in the running war between Apple and Hymn just wasn’t working for me. I need something more reliable, and was willing to pay for it.