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Subject: Re:


From: Benjamin <>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2003 15:45:08 -0800

I tried yesterday and noted a couple of issues.
1. As you noted, they are encoded in WMA. That's not that big of a deal
(except to us Arcos users), except they also lump it with Digital Rights
Management, which limits you on where you can listen to the songs.
2. You can only download individual tracks. Even if you buy an album, you
have to download each track instead of a single zip.
3. Of the 31 songs I got (I bought an Oingo Boingo albume with 2 CDs), 6 were
non-functional. If I tried to run them in Windows Media Player, it prompted
by for a user id and password, followed by a screen saying I wasn't allowed
to download anymore licenses for that song.

Overall, I was un-impressed by the service, though it had a nice selection of
mainstream titles.

As for using Total Recorder, I haven't tried it yet as I haven't had much
success with the high-speed option. Also, the standard edition doesn't split
the tracks, so you could end up with one long track.

Another option is to burn the music to a CD and then re-encode
the CD as MP3. At worst. you might lose a little quality and the cost of a


---------- Original Message -----------
From: Chris Holt <>
To: "" <>
Sent: Wed, 23 Jul 2003 17:47:06 -0400

> I looked at and they don't seem to have near the
> selection of
> I think it would be possible to use TotalRecorder (
> ) to very quickly convert the rights protected
> (ain't protecting my right to enjoy it!) WMA files into MP3. I've
> used the combination to convert audible books so I can play them on
> the Archos, and while Audible uses a WMP plugin, I think it's the
> same sort of operation.
> TotalRecorder is neat in that it wedges itself in as a sound driver
> and can record directly from the software, fully digital and at many
> times normal playback speed. It can record to PCM for multiple
> purpose files, or encode MP3/OGG "on the fly" when the desired
> bitrate and sampling frequency is known.
> It costs a measly $12 and can be purchased online.
> Chris
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Received on 2003-07-24

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