How To Remove DRM on Music Tracks?

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    Feb 20, 2011 6:44 PM GMT
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    Over the years I've copied my large music collction from one computer to a new computer and now have everything on a backup external drive.

    But the only way I can listen to my music is to hook up the backup. I can not transfer the songs directly to my hardrive nor an MP3 player. Apparently I don't have the digital right to do so.

    How do I get my stuff back onto my hardrive and strip every song od DRM?

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    Feb 20, 2011 7:17 PM GMT
    This can depend upon the original format of your music.

    If it is stuff from iTunes in the M4P or AAC format, you may need a utility like Handbrake or FFMEPG to transcode your music to MP3 or OGG formats.
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    Feb 20, 2011 7:29 PM GMT
    KissingPro said ..... Apparently I don't have the digital right to do so.




    indeed... i think you answered your own question.

    ....however, if you're talking about songs purchased through iTunes, there are tons of references online that can tell you how to get the songs transfered from one hard drive (or an iPod) to another.
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    Feb 20, 2011 7:34 PM GMT
    1. Burn to CD on old computer.
    2. Rip from said CD on new computer.

    What store was the DRM-ed music purchased from? Amazon, Zune, iTunes, Wal-mart?
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    Feb 20, 2011 7:38 PM GMT
    ScottyMcbody said1. Burn to CD on old computer.
    2. Rip from said CD on new computer.


    and lose even more quality in the process
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    Feb 20, 2011 7:47 PM GMT
    Another reason why I don't buy from iTunes. Amazon mp3s all the way!
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    Feb 20, 2011 7:54 PM GMT
    wrestlervic saidAnother reason why I don't buy from iTunes. Amazon mp3s all the way!


    itunes hasn't had DRM on its music since 2009: http://www.brighthand.com/default.asp?newsID=14773

    songs purchased from iTunes prior to January 2009 may still have DRM on them.

    iTunes sells AAC files ('mp4'), which are superior in quality at the same bitrate (not my opinion, but technical fact) to mp3s.
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    Feb 20, 2011 9:30 PM GMT
    I got my music in different ways.

    burned from a cd I purchased years ago
    bought from various sites over the years

    stuff I downloaded from now defunct Limewire ( yes I know, I know)

    and a lot of stuff from Bear Share. I pay a monthly fee and I download whatever I want. What's the deal with Bear Share? I thought everything was legit?

    So over the years my collection has grown from different sources.
    I bought a new computer and when I hooked up my external hardrive with all my music every single song I tried to play said I didn't have the rights.

    So I thought it was just windows media player being bitchy so I downloaded MediaMoney player. Now my songs appear in Media Monkey but only when I'm connected to the external drive.
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    Feb 20, 2011 11:52 PM GMT
    There has to be software dedicated to this task. Try a web search for a software product that will accomplish removal of DMR protection.

    Most of the music collection is transferred from pristine vinyl or from CDs. Digital music was only purchased once. An attempt to use iTunes software sent me running for the hills to another alternative [Amazon]. Installing iTunes software meant a change in many of the defaults on the computer. Needless to say iTunes was wiped from the computer and is an unwelcomed guest in this house.

    Long ago software was found to remove encryption from DVDs. This allows copying a movie to enjoy at a more convenient time before erasing the disc. If an encryption buster is available for DVD, there must be something for DMR. Good luck!
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    Feb 20, 2011 11:56 PM GMT
    I used Tunebite. I had over 1000 songs that had DRM on them and this worked, big time!

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    Feb 21, 2011 1:01 AM GMT
    Use a program that can record live whatever is playing on the computer, and re-record it...preferably at a very high bitrate. icon_wink.gif
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    Feb 21, 2011 4:32 AM GMT
    rightasrain said
    ScottyMcbody said1. Burn to CD on old computer.
    2. Rip from said CD on new computer.


    and lose even more quality in the process


    You shouldn't lose any quality doing a burn. Where did you get that idea.

    Almost always doing the burn gets rid of DRM. There's what's called FAIR USE policy.

    Another way is to record the stereo out of your audio card using a program like Audacity.
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    Feb 21, 2011 7:13 AM GMT
    KissingPro saidI got my music in different ways.

    burned from a cd I purchased years ago
    bought from various sites over the years

    stuff I downloaded from now defunct Limewire ( yes I know, I know)

    and a lot of stuff from Bear Share. I pay a monthly fee and I download whatever I want. What's the deal with Bear Share? I thought everything was legit?

    So over the years my collection has grown from different sources.
    I bought a new computer and when I hooked up my external hardrive with all my music every single song I tried to play said I didn't have the rights.

    So I thought it was just windows media player being bitchy so I downloaded MediaMoney player. Now my songs appear in Media Monkey but only when I'm connected to the external drive.


    Did you try just dragging the music files over using Windows Explorer (that's the program's name that lets you browse folders) from your external to your internal HD? It just sounds like you're trying to get WMP to move the files for you -- and it won't do it since that's a common way people "pirate" music.

    Try playing it with iTunes or Winamp if you don't like Media Monkey. Music only has DRM when you purchase it from an online store. So WMP giving you that error is just an error in Microsoft's code (SURPRISE SURPRISE).

    You didn't pay a monthly fee for "legit music" from BearShare -- you paid the developers of that program. Developers need money too -- but their "product" was illegal music. Just because you paid a fee didn't make it magically legal. icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 21, 2011 7:20 AM GMT
    KissingPro said Now my songs appear in Media Monkey but only when I'm connected to the external drive.



    It could be that I'm misinterpreting this but I think I found the problem.
    Perhaps you just need to copy everything over to your internal hard drive and redirect your media player to the folder you place it in. That's if you don't want to have your external drive always plugged in.
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    Feb 22, 2011 3:03 PM GMT
    Thanks guys. I sincerely appreciate it.

    Like everyone else, my music collection is sacred. I love me my music.


    I'm calling my brother to help me figure this out and all your suggestions helped a lot.

    Thanks
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    Mar 02, 2011 4:59 AM GMT
    Easy. With SoundTaxi, it will convert drm files to a number of different formats including MP3, WMA, and WAV:

    http://www.soundtaxi.info/


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    Mar 03, 2011 2:59 AM GMT
    icefan saidEasy. With SoundTaxi, it will convert drm files to a number of different formats including MP3, WMA, and WAV:

    http://www.soundtaxi.info/




    Wow. Thanks. I'm going to try it.

    Bless you my son.icon_smile.gif