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Subject: Re:
From: mrlipring (
Date: 2003-07-24

There's a couple of progs to remove the protection from wmas.

not sure if they still work ok. they used to.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Benjamin" <>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, July 24, 2003 12:45 AM
Subject: Re:

> 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
> non-functional. If I tried to run them in Windows Media Player, it
> by for a user id and password, followed by a screen saying I wasn't
> to download anymore licenses for that song.
> Overall, I was un-impressed by the service, though it had a nice selection
> 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
> the tracks, so you could end up with one long track.
> Another option is to burn the music to a CD and then
> the CD as MP3. At worst. you might lose a little quality and the cost of
> CD.
> Ben
> ---------- Original Message -----------
> From: Chris Holt <>
> To: "" <>
> Sent: Wed, 23 Jul 2003 17:47:06 -0400
> Subject:
> > 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
> ------- End of Original Message -------

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