Question about Sony Hi-MD Walkman MZ-DH10P Personal MiniDisc Player

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I have recorded songs onto my minidisc from my computer and want to take the same songs the opposite way(ie. from minidisc to computer) Flashes up "songs have been imported from another computer, cannot import songs".

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There is no way to digitally transfer the recordings back to another computer, it's an anti-piracy measure.

The only way to transfer the recordings is by connecting a lead from the headphone socket on the player to the microphone socket on your computer. Your Hi-MD player may have a menu item which allows you to improve the transfer quality by converting the headphone signal to "line output". This transfers at maximum volume and totally bypasses a lot of the players circuitry. If there is no line output option then set the volume to maximum and the sound processing to neutral.

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Check out your sharing options on windows media player, DRM can watermark the tracks and make them unusable by other users, or even yourself.
Default is with copy protection, lookmin tools>options>rip music. Almost all audio programs have some version of this available, and only one fair use copy can be made.

Posted on Jul 12, 2009

  • budosensei Jul 12, 2009

    Wikipedia says that this is unfixable at a data level, deliberately so
    "

    Features




    SonicStage CP 4.3 transferring music onto Walkman




    [edit] Copying restriction
    Since Sony has an interest in protecting the copyright on the music
    that it sells, the design of SonicStage is closely tied to a
    requirement that the program guard against copyright infractions. Sony
    music players have a write-only design. Somewhat similar to an Apple iPod,
    it is not generally possible to move tracks from the music player to
    the PC hard drive, and thereby from one music player to another. Some
    earlier models (such as some of the Net-MD line) could not even
    transfer voice recordings made by the user (with the player's
    microphone input) to their PC.

    Copy restriction is provided not by any one feature, but by a group
    of design features and software limitations. The main features being:


    1. The software strictly enforces Digital Rights Management through its use of OpenMG.
      SonicStage ties the DRM license of each track to the hardware of the
      computer from which it has been transferred. SonicStage will not allow
      transfer of tracks from the player to another computer. It is possible,
      however, to backup "My Library" and import it into another installation
      of SonicStage on a different computer.

    2. Music files have to be "wrapped" by Sony software in order to be
      played on a Sony music player. Sony has not introduced drag and drop
      support for music files. Although it is possible to load files directly
      onto a Sony player without using SonicStage, it is not possible to play
      music files loaded this way. Neither is it possible in most cases to
      transfer music files back to a PC. (all versions prior to 3.4)

    3. The program does not generally convert OMG/OMA files to MP3 or WAV.

    4. The program only encrypts in omg format, not mp3. The program
      encrypts any audio files imported into it in omg format, including
      audio files that are not legally downloaded, or illegally copied music.

    5. The program lacks a true import album feature for WAV and MP3
      files. The program imports tracks as is. Imported files cannot be
      grouped into an album with artist, title and tracknumber fields
      assigned at the time of import. This has to be done before or after
      import.

    6. When WAV tracks are imported, they remain linked to their wav
      source file and the track can only be edited for as long as the WAV
      source file remains on the computer. This makes it difficult to use
      SonicStage to edit CDs that have been ripped with another program.

    7. Because of these security features there are limitations when using
      the program in Windows XP. Only users with administrator accounts can
      transfer tracks from SonicStage to Sony's devices.

    As of version 3.4, an intermediate update mostly for Hi-MD
    users, some of the above restrictions have been relaxed. SonicStage 3.4
    allows tracks recorded via digital/analogue inputs on Hi-MD devices to
    be transferred back in WAV format. Also, files in Sony's proprietary ATRAC format can now be converted to WAV.

    3.4 is also the first update to the program to come out after Sony appointed Tim Schaaff, former Apple Computer executive, as senior vice president of software development.

  • budosensei Jul 12, 2009

    Features




    SonicStage CP 4.3 transferring music onto Walkman




    [edit] Copying restriction
    Since Sony has an interest in protecting the copyright on the music
    that it sells, the design of SonicStage is closely tied to a
    requirement that the program guard against copyright infractions. Sony
    music players have a write-only design. Somewhat similar to an Apple iPod,
    it is not generally possible to move tracks from the music player to
    the PC hard drive, and thereby from one music player to another. Some
    earlier models (such as some of the Net-MD line) could not even
    transfer voice recordings made by the user (with the player's
    microphone input) to their PC.

    Copy restriction is provided not by any one feature, but by a group
    of design features and software limitations. The main features being:


    1. The software strictly enforces Digital Rights Management through its use of OpenMG.
      SonicStage ties the DRM license of each track to the hardware of the
      computer from which it has been transferred. SonicStage will not allow
      transfer of tracks from the player to another computer. It is possible,
      however, to backup "My Library" and import it into another installation
      of SonicStage on a different computer.

    2. Music files have to be "wrapped" by Sony software in order to be
      played on a Sony music player. Sony has not introduced drag and drop
      support for music files. Although it is possible to load files directly
      onto a Sony player without using SonicStage, it is not possible to play
      music files loaded this way. Neither is it possible in most cases to
      transfer music files back to a PC. (all versions prior to 3.4)

    3. The program does not generally convert OMG/OMA files to MP3 or WAV.

    4. The program only encrypts in omg format, not mp3. The program
      encrypts any audio files imported into it in omg format, including
      audio files that are not legally downloaded, or illegally copied music.

    5. The program lacks a true import album feature for WAV and MP3
      files. The program imports tracks as is. Imported files cannot be
      grouped into an album with artist, title and tracknumber fields
      assigned at the time of import. This has to be done before or after
      import.

    6. When WAV tracks are imported, they remain linked to their wav
      source file and the track can only be edited for as long as the WAV
      source file remains on the computer. This makes it difficult to use
      SonicStage to edit CDs that have been ripped with another program.

    7. Because of these security features there are limitations when using
      the program in Windows XP. Only users with administrator accounts can
      transfer tracks from SonicStage to Sony's devices.

    As of version 3.4, an intermediate update mostly for Hi-MD
    users, some of the above restrictions have been relaxed. SonicStage 3.4
    allows tracks recorded via digital/analogue inputs on Hi-MD devices to
    be transferred back in WAV format. Also, files in Sony's proprietary ATRAC format can now be converted to WAV.

    3.4 is also the first update to the program to come out after Sony appointed Tim Schaaff, former Apple Computer executive, as senior vice president of software development.

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