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    Default Protected WMA format??

    I had an 80GB drive and swapped it with a new 320 GB drive.
    Not sure if we imaged the drive or what, but i can go to the Hard Drive and go to Users and find the files that had been sitting on the desktop for the old drive.

    So, on the new drive now, i had to re-download FireFox, iTunes...
    But when i went to the old music folder and found my music folder with all my songs, i tried to move it onto iTunes and it said it could not convert the Protected WMA format.
    I went into properties and clicked all the boxes on the permissions and that didn't work.

    Should i remove people that have access? I think its protected cause i had a password to login when i had my old drive in.
    It says under the security tab in properties for that music folder:

    Group or user names:
    Everyone
    SYSTEM
    Administrators (Saucy/Administrators) [my cpu is named Saucy]
    Users (Saucy/Users)

    Permissions for Everyone: [allows and denies follow, i've checked all allows and have no denies checked]


    If i click Edit, i can remove a Group or User name from the list...not sure if that will help.
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    Default Re: Protected WMA format??

    When music is ripped using windows media player, it can be copy protected. If all your other shares work OK then this is probably whats happened. It might be easier to use WMP to play those tracks.
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    Default Re: Protected WMA format??

    The protection on the WMA files will be in the files, not the users.

    When the songs were originally made, were they ripped from a CD, or downloaded from someplace like Digirama. - They have DRM protection (or did) on the downloads.
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    Default Re: Protected WMA format??

    Can they play?

    Try this:
    http://tunebite.com/en/audio_video_d...ion/index.html

    If all else fails you can try burning them to CD then converting them back...could take a while though. MediaMonkey can do it on a 'Virtual cd drive'.

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    I'll try out that Site Blam.

    So if the files are from a different player, then how can i find the old iTunes playlist?
    ooooh, i just remembered, i have my library on my iPod >.<

    That would probably be the fastest way to get my iTunes back the way it was...



    If using my iPod doesn't work, i'll let you know how that site goes...
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    Default Re: Protected WMA format??

    Quote Originally Posted by SpartanEngineerAstronaut View Post
    I had an 80GB drive and swapped it with a new 320 GB drive.
    Not sure if we imaged the drive or what, but i can go to the Hard Drive and go to Users and find the files that had been sitting on the desktop for the old drive.

    So, on the new drive now, i had to re-download FireFox, iTunes...
    But when i went to the old music folder and found my music folder with all my songs, i tried to move it onto iTunes and it said it could not convert the Protected WMA format.
    I went into properties and clicked all the boxes on the permissions and that didn't work.

    Should i remove people that have access? I think its protected cause i had a password to login when i had my old drive in.
    It says under the security tab in properties for that music folder:

    Group or user names:
    Everyone
    SYSTEM
    Administrators (Saucy/Administrators) [my cpu is named Saucy]
    Users (Saucy/Users)

    Permissions for Everyone: [allows and denies follow, i've checked all allows and have no denies checked]


    If i click Edit, i can remove a Group or User name from the list...not sure if that will help.
    Generally, you can burn your protected wma files to cd, then rip them off to the computer, the DRM should be removed from the WMA files.

    Or you also can use this Protected WMA to MP3 Converter, I use it for a long time, it works fast and flawless

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    Default Re: Protected WMA format??

    Theres a tool I know of that works well (if you use XP) to remove DRM, I'm just not sure it's legal.

    The tool is free, but apparently MS have filed several law suits against the creator, so I will refrain from saying it out loud.

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    Default Re: Protected WMA format??

    Quote Originally Posted by davidmmac View Post
    Theres a tool I know of that works well (if you use XP) to remove DRM, I'm just not sure it's legal.

    The tool is free, but apparently MS have filed several law suits against the creator, so I will refrain from saying it out loud.
    I know of a couple too. The good thing is, they strip the DRM without having to resort to converting the files to other formats & losing valuable quality.

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    Default Re: Protected WMA format??

    LOL, +1 to "I won't say its name outloud"

    Yeah, it'd be nice to get a free converter...

    Plus i tried my iPod and its synced to "another" computer, cause it was synced to my old drive,

    Anyone know how to get rid of your iPod being Synced to another CPU? Or a way to get the iPod files to my computer, then i can just re-sync it...
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    Default Re: Protected WMA format??

    open itunes with ipod connected: preferences->devices->tick the box to stop auto syncing.

    to get ipod files off the ipod get a program called iDump. install in the ipod through mycomputer, then select the file you want, change the output to the music folder, the drag those onto itunes.
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