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Remove personal data from iTunes Plus DRM-free tracks Apps
It feels creepy to me to have files on my computer with my name embedded in them ... so here is a solution. Using Jhymn, you can remove the name atoms from the iTunes Plus tracks.

[robg adds: Over on playlist, Chris Breen covers another way to remove the personal information: use Rogue Amoeba's $32 audio editor, Fission. Personally, I don't have an issue with this, as there are a ton of other files on my machine that have much more sensitive personal data embedded in them -- a few songs from the iTunes Store with my name and email address don't worry me too much (and yes, I've read about the conceptual malware that involves a piece of evil code uploading all my iTunes Plus tracks to P2P networks, thereby causing me grief with the RIAA. I'm not going to lose any sleep over that one...]
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Whine whine whine
Authored by: ash7 on Jun 08, '07 08:54:18AM

Complain that nobody sells music online, then complain that there's DRM on the file, then complain your name is written on the files when the DRM is removed. If Apple abandons this DRM-free stance, I'm going to blame it on your whiners who complain that the files aren't easy enough to pirate.

You DO know that this information was on your DRMed files beforehand, right? People could associate your name with your email address then too! Why not complain when apps you register online have your name attached to the serial number? Couldn't some "malicious whateverware" steal your serial number and post it on the internet making you look like a pirate? Oh noes! For that matter, maybe you should strip your name and address off of every receipt you get in your email, because, you know, malware could read that and send it out, making you look like a doofus for getting spyware on your computer!

It's far more likely that THAT will happen than somebody writing malware that will try and frame you for piracy. Do you really think somebody would care about your name, email address and some stupid music files when they could get your full billing address and other useful information for stealing your identity that you got e-mailed?

Unbelievable... of course you CAN remove the data, but why blog/write articles about it when all that does is make you look like a whiny pirate?



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Whine whine whine
Authored by: mlsmithjr on Jun 08, '07 04:56:17PM

Bravo ash7! Somebody had to say it.



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Whine whine whine
Authored by: frgough on Jun 11, '07 10:58:24AM

What's hilarious to me is this same person will hand his credit card over to a complete stranger at a restaurant without even batting an eye.



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Whine whine whine
Authored by: bugmenot on Dec 03, '07 05:34:07PM

I think you are forgetting a few things.

First, music and video files are different than other files - they are actually worth stealing by everyone (not just identity thieves). You take your computer into Best Buy and the Geek Squad is going to steal all of your music and videos. If you think other computer repair places are any different, I have news for you...

Once someone has stolen them, they are "in the wild", and the RIAA could come after you if they get ahold of one. (Mental note: create an application that randomly adds the emails of the presidents of the RIAA member companies in place of your own.)

You DO know that this information was on your DRMed files beforehand, right?

But it is completely useless unless decrypted! Who is going to share protected files, and who in the RIAA is going to care if you do?

What's with using the word pirate as if that is a BAD thing, anyway? Yarrrrrrrr.... If you haven't shared all of your music with all of your friends, then you aren't doing your civic duty to bring down big music. They are the Honourable East India Company of the 21st century.



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Authored by: kirkmc on Jun 08, '07 09:42:16AM

You might be surprised to see how many files on your computer have your name in them...

Kirk

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Remove personal data from iTunes Plus DRM-free tracks
Authored by: morespace54 on Jun 08, '07 11:05:46AM

Yea, I know...
It's always a surprise to me when something ask me to enter my personal information and without any action taken from my part, it's all there... Phone numbers, birthday, etc. Even stuff that (I don't think) I've never entered in my address book or pref panes...

finally, maybe I don't really want to know ;)



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"hidden" names
Authored by: deef on Jun 09, '07 12:31:30PM

Like MS word files with author metadata.....I recently got "anonymous" comments from a peer reviewer at an academic journal with the author's name included.



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Remove personal data from iTunes Plus DRM-free tracks
Authored by: DocMan on Jun 12, '07 09:17:45AM

The silliest thing is that just because you remove the clear version of the name and e-mail address from the file, it doesn't mean that there isn't also an encrypted version there as well. Audio files are very good for hiding large amounts of encrypted information without showing any outward signs.

I'm betting that the ones who get in trouble for piracy will be the ones who remove the plain text data from their iTunes tracks...



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Remove personal data from iTunes Plus DRM-free tracks
Authored by: aafuss on Jun 21, '07 06:13:15PM

You can also do this in iTunes-right click on the track and select "convert selection to MP3".



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Remove personal data from iTunes Plus DRM-free tracks
Authored by: HHenry on Nov 25, '07 10:09:05PM
In fact, you may use MAC M4P Converter to remove your private information. It use a virtual CD Burner to simulate the burning / ripping /ecoding all in one. The result is MP3 files with ID tags.

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Remove personal data from iTunes Plus DRM-free tracks
Authored by: catodysseus on Apr 08, '09 11:34:29PM

You can also, as an alternative to Fission, use competitor Amadeus Pro!

I tried open and then save a track bought at ITMS. TextWrangler could not find my email afterwards, as it could before "the trick".



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