After updating to iTunes last night, I found that it would no longer play some of the files I’d bought from the iTunes Music Store which had had their DRM stripped using iOpener. I’m not the only one – Apple has reprogrammed iTunes to refuse to play these files (although unlike some reports it doesn’t delete them in my experience).
Yeah, thanks Apple. I really wanted to be able to less with my music.
Thankfully all is not lost. If you were careful when stripping the DRM, you kept a backup copy of the protected file like I did, in which case you can use JHymn which is a Java client that can strip the DRM and also remove all traces that the file ever had DRM, leading iTunes to treat it like any normal AAC audio file. Just make sure you read the page in its entirity first. It’s not the world’s most attractive utility (on Windows at least, the Mac version looks much nicer) but it does seem to work okay.
If you didn’t keep a backup, then you’re stuffed, quite frankly, as I don’t believe Apple will let you download files that you have bought more than once (other stores like MyCokeMusic do).