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agentsmith
2005-11-14, 07:32
Just saw an announcement by Hong Kong cable broadband provider i-Cable that they are now selling WMA DRM. They will be selling both English and Chinese music for about $1.2 per song.

They listed a whole bunch of devices, with Roku Soundbridge being one of them.
http://imusic.i-cable.com/dmd/home/memberzone/faq_wma.html#wma01

I relaize that Slim is not selling localling in Hong Kong. But I did order and got it shipped all the way to Hong Kong. I also know that a few dealers are quite interested in carrying Slim locally.

Does anyone know if Slim has plan for Apple or WMA DRM?

I know DRM is a 4 letter word, but is almost the only way to buy music online legit online.

abdomen
2005-11-14, 12:43
Does anyone know if Slim has plan for Apple or WMA DRM?
I can't (muster the energy to) find the link, but Sean Adams (Slim Deveces CEO) recently stated on another forum something to the effect that folks should stay tuned for an announcement regarding WMA DRM support. Apologies if I've misconstrued what was said... please don't take it from me alone, as I'm just writing what I think I know.

relen
2006-05-10, 14:23
Does anyone know anything about Ramka's SoundTaxi http://www.soundtaxi.info/english/index.php ? They say that "SoundTaxi can convert any file that can be played in MediaPlayer 9 or 10." Would that include WMA DRM?

--Richard E

Virtuoso
2006-08-03, 02:01
I've tried it - good results, but better download from their official site, cauze the version on Download.com seems to be an old one )

Michaelwagner
2006-08-03, 06:43
Anyone know how it works?

Boywonder
2006-09-08, 09:38
There is an easy way to convert WMA/WMA-DRM to MP3, it can be fairly time consuming if you've got lots of files but it works.

And do you know the best part? All you need is Windows Media Player (WMP).

Simply burn all your WMA or WMA-DRM files to a CD-RW using WMP, then rip them back off using WMP ensuring you are ripping them as MP3 format (Tools > Options > Rip Music Tab). And that's all the licence stuff gone, no protection... just a plain honest-to-god MP3. Erase the disk, then off you go again.

Kyle.

LULU
2007-01-06, 22:21
I've tried soundtaxi. It converts well on the DRM from musicmatch. I converted with no problem and the songs play well on slimp3.
Files from Itunes seem to skip. I've now tried to convert with a lower level quality and some of them seem to convert fine but not all of them.
It's not a bad deal.

azinck3
2007-01-06, 22:44
I've tried soundtaxi. It converts well on the DRM from musicmatch. I converted with no problem and the songs play well on slimp3.
Files from Itunes seem to skip. I've now tried to convert with a lower level quality and some of them seem to convert fine but not all of them.
It's not a bad deal.

But back to Michael's question...how does it work? If it's actually stripping the DRM then sound-quality wise you're ok, but if it's transcoding back to a lossy format or doing something along the lines of what Boywonder suggests then you're losing sound quality.

parrydave
2007-01-07, 04:11
I've used the wmp plugin below to get round DRM before now. It captures wmp output directly to WAV file, which it does direct from file quite fast. The resulting WAVs were 700-900kbps so everything seems to be preserved, except for the DRM bit. So if wmp can play it, you can capture for slimserver use.

http://www.chronotron.com/content.php?page=downloads

get the "Free Software" - WAV Output plug-in for Windows Media Player

TCM
2007-01-08, 11:35
Sonos will apparently support Microsoft DRM’d music (http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/01/08/sonos-now-plays-microsoft-drmd-songs/) - not that I would buy *EVIL* music files.