iPlayer gets cracked for Macs

Sick of not being invited to the iPlayer download party, Apple hackers have cooked up their own app which rips out the DRM from the Beeb’s catch

Sick of not being invited to the iPlayer download party, Apple hackers have cooked up their own app which rips out the DRM from the Beeb’s catch up service and sticks shows straight onto their desktop.

Dubbed, imaginatively, iPlayer Downloader, and uncovered by the chaps over at Electric Pig, the new app is a simple one-click solution. Just hit the ‘steal’ button (seriously) and you’ve got yourself some Apprentice, Springwatch or Eastenders action ready to take with you.

Obviously, this is all highly illegal, but was bound to happen with the BBC taking their own sweet time to bring the download version of iPlayer to Macs. See, they’re using the Big M’s DRM software to protect their programmes and that doesn’t play nice woth Apple’s computers. That means Mac owners can only watch shows when they’re near a net connection. No taking them with you on tiresome train journeys and the like.

Doubtless the Beeb will find a fix to this pesky problem, but hopefully it’ll kick them into finding a proper solution before their ‘end of 2008’ schedule. Here’s hoping.