New software allows file sharing between devices

iTunes music can now be played on other brand-name gadgets

A San Francisco-based software firm has just unveiled software that will allow users to share digital media files across devices.

The DoubleTwist software reportedly allows songs purchased on Apple iTunes to be played on other brand-name devices. Previously, songs bought on iTunes could only be played on Apple devices.

The software was developed by a company run by notorious Norwegian hacker Jon Lech Johansen, who cracked encryption codes on DVDs when he was only 15.

The new software is able to convert media files from one device into a format that can be used by another device. Users simply drop the files into a web-based folder that converts them and transfers them onto the external device.

In addition to music, it coverts photos and video clips to be used between computers, mobiles and game consoles.

So far, the software works with Sony's PSPgames console, Nokia's N-series mobile, Sony Ericsson's Walkman and Cybershot handsets and Microsoft's Windows Mobile smartphones, reports BBC News.

The software is currently available for free on DoubleTwist's website.

--By our Los Angeles staff.
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