iTunes Plus is a Negative on the N95?

iTunes Plus was just made available to the public, and I straight away jumped in and bought some music from iTunes - the first time in over a year (yay DRM-free music).

It of course plays perfectly in iTunes & perfectly on my iPod… but - wait a second! My Nokia N95 won’t play it, with an error message of “File is Corrupted. Operation Cancelled”.

According to the Nokia website the N95 has the following music capabilities:
“Digital music player - supports MP3/AAC/AAC+/eAAC+/WMA/M4A with playlists and equalizer.”

Anyone got any ideas? I’ll post here if I discover anything more. So what has Apple done to these files? DRM-free but you can’t play them with anything except an Apple device?

Update 1: I have now tested some iTunes Plus tracks on a Nokia E65, a Motorola V3xx and a Sony Ericsson M600i and now Xbox 360.

The E65 failed with the same message as the N95, the V3xx claimed “file type not recognised” when I send one to it via Bluetooth, the M600i gets an “Error” when you try and play them and the Xbox 360 lets you see/browse them, but will refuse to play them.

Update 2: I’ve posted in the comments a way to make the files play without losing quality. Apple have definately caused an issue with the way they put these files together, so I hope an official fix comes out soon.

Update 3: Commenter Nick Burch has heard back from Nokia, and their response isn’t what we’ve hoped for.

Update 4: Commenter Joshua King has just posted a (free!) tool to fix the iTunes Plus files without having to re-encode. It is a Java executable, so should work for both Windows and Mac users.

You can get it and all the details on how it works from his site. Great job Joshua and thanks!

Update 5: Commenter Joshua King has just released a version of his tool that runs directly on your S60 v2 or v3 phone. I prefer to fix it in one place and never have to worry about it, but if you like the idea of managing this on your phone go check his post on this here.

Update 6: It looks like Nokia have updated their Nokia Multimedia Transfer application for Mac OSX to support iTunes Plus files. I haven’t tested it yet, but I’m hoping it “fixes” the files like Joshua’s tool, but during the transfer to the phone instead. I’ll update here once I’ve had a play.

Regards,
Shane.