My new Creative Zen mp3 player came with a booklet of free trial offers for online music stores. I signed up for Napster, thinking I had read the fine print and understood it. Once my free month ended, I reviewed the terms again, and realized I would need to continue paying a monthly fee for access to the tracks I downloaded. I was a bit miffed that I didn’t pick up on that in the first place.
I searched around on the Internet a bit, reading press releases and blog reactions from 2005 when Napster re-launched it’s services. I saw someone recommend a link to Tunebite, and upon following it, found a $26 software program that seemed too good to be true.
Tunebite’s maker explains it this way:
Tunebite is a Windows software product, which, once installed on the PC, fully automatically or manually records media files that were purchased online as the files are played. It is completely legal to record and playback on a different reproducer of yours. Tunebite is technology-proof, does not bypass any digital copy protection and therefore confirms with all digital copy protection measures, provided that the user is legally entitled to listen to the music.
A trial version of the software can be downloaded for free so you can evaluate it. Tunebite works with Apple iTunes (.m4p, .m4b, .m4v), Window Media (.wma, .wmv) and Audible (.aa) protected files.