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    Microsoft DRM getting in the way of a new system playing music

    Got a friend that has a Win 8 tower, ripped more than 250+ CDs using WMPlayer in WMA format (not my choice - I would have done it in MP3, but he just used the default settings in WMP). Everything worked fine, until he decided he wanted a new laptop as his primary machine and he wanted his music on it.

    He bought his new laptop, a Win8.1 system, and tried to do a Windows Easy Transfer using a portable USB hard drive, and the transfer failed when he tried putting the data on the new laptop (corrupt file). So he just copied all his documents and music from his tower to the portable drive, and then re-copied them from the portable drive to the new laptop drive. (thats 2 copies - the first one to the portable drive, and the second to the new laptop)

    Now the vast majority of his WMA files on the new laptop wont play, when he tries, he got a very confusing message about IE not being up to date, but the URL references DRM issues. I understand totally MS's desire to protect the content, but this guy owns his music, and is just moving it from one system to another. We cant go back to the old Tower, its been recovered and data blown away. We do have the corrupt Easy Transfer file and the first copy on the portable drive.

    As I understand DRM, it allows only 1 copy of a Music file. But this guy owns the music - isnt there a way around this? What if he wants to make an archive copy of the music AND put it on an iPod or MP3 Player/smart phone? Is this not possible either?

    Short of re-ripping every CD, is there a way around this situation? Hes not pirating the music, hes just upgraded his system. This has to have been seen before, with some sort or workaround. I actually think that this is a MS issue, especially since they are pushing us to get off old OSes in favor of Win 8 and 10, and that usually means new hardware. but I doubt that they will take any responsibility for it, or recommend a solution, even though if Easy Transfer had worked, this might have never happened.

    What do you experts say? do you know of a workaround - hopefully one that can be applied to the entire Music directory in a single swoop, instead of file-by-file? Again, its not pirating, its just a simple system upgrade.

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    Windows Media Player 7, 8, 9 and 10 supports license backup and restore features, try this first.

    FairUse4WM removes the digital rights management (DRM) from your Windows Media files.
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    Try playing the files with VLC to ensure they are OK.
    You can convert them to MP3 with any of these.
    https://www.freac.org/
    https://sourceforge.net/projects/lamexp/
    https://sourceforge.net/projects/cdexos/

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    It's no consolation but I've ripped quite a few CDs to MP3, about 30MB worth, then I Copied the resultant Folders from my Desktop Music Folder [Win7] to a portable HDD and can play them on other devices without the DRM popping up. I've tried a few of the transfer cables with their software and the results were never fully satisfying. Only music files I've had trouble with was iTunes when setting up a new computer for a client.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CLiNT View Post
    Windows Media Player 7, 8, 9 and 10 supports license backup and restore features, try this first.

    FairUse4WM removes the digital rights management (DRM) from your Windows Media files.
    If the tower has been recovered, i.e. reloaded to factory settings, arent any licenses gone?

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    They certainly are gone then.
    It might be worth re-ripping everything use AEC & LAME this time.
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    I can't think of anything worse than music being ripped by WMP.
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    Having to swap CDs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Berton View Post
    It's no consolation but I've ripped quite a few CDs to MP3, about 30MB worth, then I Copied the resultant Folders from my Desktop Music Folder [Win7] to a portable HDD and can play them on other devices without the DRM popping up. I've tried a few of the transfer cables with their software and the results were never fully satisfying. Only music files I've had trouble with was iTunes when setting up a new computer for a client.
    Ive also done the MP3 thing with multiple copies between devices and never had DRM issues. But then again, I dont buy anything from Apple either. Most of my mp3 files are self-ripped from original CDs to MP3. I have recently purchased a few (older) digital MP3 albums from Amazon, and didnt run into any copy issues that Im aware of.

    BTW, Ive yet to find a transfer cable that works, Ive given up after 3 different attempts.

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