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AirTunes hack allows streaming to all devices

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 12 Apr 2011 10:35 User comments (2)

AirTunes hack allows streaming to all devices Dubbing the script "Shairport," programmer James Laird has created a way for all devices to receive AirTunes streaming music via iTunes.
He did so by hacking Apple's private key for streaming and reverse engineering the script.

Previously, iTunes would only stream to other Apple devices, but that does not appear to be a problem anymore if you have the right tools.

Wired explains the process:

Laird did this by cracking open the AirPort Express (literally), dumping the ROM and then searching around for the private key. Apparently this was easy to find, as Apple had hidden the private key in the ROM image, using a scheme that made the de-obfuscation code itself stand out like a flare. He then cracked the crypto and now has the key.



This is combined with an ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Codec) decoder to make a small package that can be installed on computer. Its unlikely that hardware manufacturers will risk using this solution, but its easy to see how a home user could install it on an unused computer or even a Linux-based router.

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2 user comments

113.4.2011 15:03

Guess we'll see if @pple goes all $ony on him now...lol

213.4.2011 16:36
lissenup3
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Good for this guy, great for the consumer and F Apple for making their crap work with ONLY their crap!

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