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Plex/Seven: iTunes DRM audio playback

| 12 Nov 2008 | by 18 Comments

I’ll keep this one short and sweet: That DRM music you got from the iTunes store, those 10,000 tracks you own, those 30,000 bottles of Pepsi you purchased in order to win them, those dentist bills for repairing the damage to your teeth from drinking the Pepsi, not in vain. No, my friends, you will be able to play them in Plex/Seven, and thanks to James for making it happen!

(And how, you might ask, would be the best way to play tracks from iTunes in Plex? Let’s just say that’s a topic of a future post. How future, you might ask? Not very.)

Barkley, while being a staunch anti-DRM canine, will still make an appearance for this feature.

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18 Comments so far

  1. Neckaros November 13th, 2008 12:08 am

    I wonder how you do it! Maybe launching iTunes in the background?
    Anyway it’s great news!

  2. elan November 13th, 2008 12:13 am

    No iTunes needed :)

  3. ppson November 13th, 2008 12:25 am


    Maybe you got AirTunes working for us with Airport Expresses as well? Come on, you can tell us! ;-)

  4. Keane16 November 13th, 2008 2:22 am


    I don’t have any iTunes DRM’d music, but alot of non techie mates do.

    This will be music to their ears *groan* :-)

    Great work!

  5. opet November 13th, 2008 3:02 am

    Brilliant! Can’t wait for the new version!

  6. Badhorse November 13th, 2008 3:58 am

    Does this mean that movies and videos downloaded from itunes will also play?

  7. Bart November 13th, 2008 4:00 am

    I think I can guess how. I believe Quicktime can play back DRM files.

  8. SharkOne November 13th, 2008 4:40 am

    That’s just so awesome !
    Keep up the good work guys !

  9. Nathaniel November 13th, 2008 5:35 am

    You guys are insane! Plex has been my favorite piece of software for months already, and here you go making it ten times better?!

    Seriously, I’m going to have to get my paypal credentials and give you some more beer money :)

  10. mdpdb November 13th, 2008 5:40 am


    Is there an API for DRM’d video playback as well that you might be able to use? :)

  11. me2621a November 13th, 2008 5:40 am

    any chance this includes itunes DRM video files as well?

  12. dean November 13th, 2008 6:22 am

    Barkley looks too clean cut in that picture. It doesn’t live up to his reputation.

  13. Danny November 13th, 2008 6:35 am

    Perhaps I missed this long ago when the Barkley posts started.. but what kind of dog is Barkley?

  14. therandomstuff November 13th, 2008 6:42 am

    Would it be playing it while watching an iTunes visualizer?

  15. WolfieNuke November 13th, 2008 7:34 am

    Does this have anything to do with QTFairUse/FairKeys/hymn projects?

  16. Cave Man November 13th, 2008 8:58 am

    I’ll ask, too – does this include videos bought from iTS? I have several and am hanging on to Front Row for this reason alone.

  17. elan November 13th, 2008 9:24 am

    Sorry, no support for DRM videos (for now, at least). Apple makes it impossible to play these officially unless you’re QuickTime or FrontRow.

  18. elan November 13th, 2008 9:25 am

    @Danny: Barkley is bullmastiff + ridgeback — we think!

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