Can I play DRM procted WMA's in a car WMA/MP3 player? Options

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by buckeye01, Apr 20, 2007.

  1. buckeye01

    buckeye01 Guest

    I purchased several songs from Microsoft's Urge service. The DRM
    properties on these say that I can burn the song multiple times. I
    would like to make a data CD containing the WMA files so that I can
    listen to the songs in my car. However, when trying to burn the CD
    via Windows Media Player 11, I get a message saying the sings the
    songs are DRM protected my car CD player will not be able to play
    them. True enough, when I try to play the CD in my car CD player, it

    Is this a known limitation of DRM protected files?

    Is there any legal way around this, or am I just stuck to listening to
    the songs on my computer or portable device?

    All I really want to do is have an WMA/MP3 disc that I can listen to
    in my car.
    buckeye01, Apr 20, 2007
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  2. Hi Buckeye01,

    Commercial entertainment devices like your car stereo don't support DRM'd
    content in this manner so unfortunately the only option for you is to burn
    the purchased track to an audio CD and the re-rip it to a WMA file.
    Mike Poz [MSFT], Apr 20, 2007
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  3. buckeye01

    Dale Guest

    Yes it is. Sucks, doesn't it?
    There is a legal way. See below.
    Then don't buy DRM'd music.

    First off, when you buy WMA music online, you're already buying less than
    optimal quality. And that doesn't matter if you're buying unprotected MP3
    files or if you're buying protected WMA or AAC files - you're still buying
    low quality recordings. In fact, that low quality is the only reason that
    Apple, Microsoft, and the labels are starting to talk about offering
    unprotected audio for purchase.

    Amazingly, the result of all the modern PC technology is beginning not to
    mean that you have access to higher quality multimedia, both audio and video,
    but that you no longer will have access to the best quality but will,
    instead, be saddled with lower quality multimedia. Ironic, isn't it?

    To play your tracks in your car, you can burn them to CD and then rip the CD
    to MP3 and play your tracks in your car but now you're exponentially
    decreasing the quality by compressing audio that has already been compressed.

    I suggest only buying physical CDs and ripping only to MP3 if you want
    compressed or, if you want CD quality you can compress to AAC lossless using
    iTunes or WMA lossless using WMP.

    I buy a lot of used CDs on Amazon or eBay for just a few dollars. Even when
    I can't get them used, most new CDs are available for around 10 dollars and
    then I own the CD and neither Microsoft nor anyone else can tell me when,
    where, or how I can listen to it.

    If you use WMP make sure you are not ripping with protection turned on. It
    is absolutely pointless to surrender your fair-use rights by ripping your own
    music to your own PC and protecting it so you can't use it elsewhere.

    Dale, Apr 20, 2007
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