Protected Music files

  cairdie 19:57 15 Mar 06


We bought some MP3 music from Woolworths over the internet. My wife wanted to use them on the computer as sound tracks for a slide show only to find they are protected and cannot be used. The software is Roxio Videowave 7. I don't know much about licensing but I would have thought you could use music you purchased on your own computer. Anybody any suggestions.


  ade.h 21:10 15 Mar 06

By purchasing the music, you automatically agreed to the accompanying license, which will prohibit re-use among other things. The DRM tag on these files is obviously sophisticated enough to stop mis-use.

  CLONNEN 12:25 16 Mar 06

Look for an Audio Converter program which will convert from mp3 to something else. eg. WAV format - I use Audio Conversion Wizard myself (it converts most protected music files)

  kinger 19:48 16 Mar 06

It won't do any Napster files at all. Seems to skip protected files after warning you that this is the case.

  DrScott 12:54 17 Mar 06

For iTunes protection you can copy the mp3s to a CD and then copy them back to the computer - this seems to remove the encryption. It may work for the Woolworths protection?

  amonra 15:01 17 Mar 06


  cairdie 20:39 17 Mar 06

Thanks to everyone for their reponse.

I will try the audio converter and also writing to CD and then back to the PC

  taffy101 12:40 19 Mar 06

If the tracks have Windows media player protection you would be able to burn to CD in media player and copy them back.

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