I am trying to sync books on disc using windows media player and its won't allow me to do anything except play the disc on the computer. It says that the files are not protected. Do I have any options?
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Windows Media Player although is nice graphically it is resource draining for your computer. You can purchase the codecs from them which rather shocked me that Microsoft would even charge for the codecs for people to use their beloved software that comes with their Windows purchase which in my opinion is rather expensive to begin with. So what most of us do these days is get the free codec files which play movies and other files that Media player will not allow you to do. You can obtain them here for no cost whatsoever. Click Me
Now I usually get the mega packs this covers all of them really I also suggest using the VLC player as an alternative to Windows Media Player it is not as pretty but who cares it plays those hard to play files that are not allowed even when had from a torrent or other methods of retrieval even if the files are protected you can still play them using VLC media player. Now do not start downloading a ton of media players that offer the same stuff you will run into problems with players if you have several of them loaded. Dump the ones except Microsoft Windows Media Player it is a part of Windows software. Just go in and pick this as your default player. I hope this assisted you. John
The "AA" file type is not supported in the NWZ MP3 players. However, you are still able to place audiobooks onto your player if you convert the file to one of the supported file audio formats: MP3. WMA, AAC-LC, and PCM. Remember that there are several iterations of MP3, such as variable bit rate and frequency range and the player does not play some of them.
What I do is that I pull the file into Audacity and convert it there. Another option is that if you can burn the audiobook onto a CD, you can then rip to WMP and then sync it to your player. That is how I get my language audiobooks onto my player. The last option, which I have never tried, is to get it into ITunes, then sync it to your player that way. ITunes will automatically convert the file before syncing it onto the player.
I was having the same problem when I used Overdrive Media Console to transfer my audiobook files to my Sansa. I updated the license and retransferred and even tried changing the USB settings on the mp2 player. What finally worked? Using Windows Media Player to sync the files instead. When I hooked up my Sansa I chose "use WMP to sync files" and then I dragged/dropped the audiobook files to the mediaplayer window. The audiobook now plays without any problems since WMP made sure the files have the latest subscription update code.
There two types of WMA file - protected and unprotected (also called "DRM-free" and "DRM-encrypted"). Some protected or encrypted WMA's may allow you to play back on your computer, but will not allow you to play those same files on an mp3 player. There are only two ways around your problem - one is expesnive, and one is illegal:
1) You can purchase additional rights on Overdrive to transfer your audiobooks to a "portable device" (by which, they include mp3 players).
2) You can download a program such as Tunebite to strip the Overdrive of it's DRM license, rendering the file of its protection (I would NOT reccomend this route).
The WMA files that you had that worked before were either unprotected, or were protected but had transfer rights.
I believe iTunes may not like to sync with not apple players, but I am sure DRM protection is to blame here. You can try to sync your music with the software provided by Zen, or a program called MediaMonkey, to see if it works. Otherwise, if the music is DRM protected .mp4, you can always burn the songs into a standard AUDIO CD, and then rip the music back to your computer, that way it loses the DRM protection, and should be easy to sync without problems. http://www.mediamonkey.com
when it says download updated version, ignore. Better yet don't use RCA software at all. Use your windows media player(version 10 or better). Click on file wanted to start media player. Then click on "now playing" and display item or all chapters if audio book is being played. Plug in RCA and drag item(s) to working area of Media Player. Hit sync. and finito!
the sansa e250 will play wma files, as per Sandisk. The problem is you bought them from a download service so there DRM protected. The easiest way I found to remove them is to use tunebite . Cost is about $30 or you can find it on P2P sites or newgroups.
The down side is it takes about 14 hours to convert 5 gigs worth of music. But you can then play it on anything.
TIP: convert the files to mp3 not wma so they can be used on practically any player
The device itself is not faulty. This is Microsoft's fault, not Philips'. Microsoft no longer supports Jukebox. Use Windows Media Player instead.
Some of the songs may have Digital Rights Management (DRM) encoding that the player will not support (once again, Microsoft's fault, not Philips). You can right click on the trouble music file, select "Properties," and select the License or Digital Right tab - look for the msg: This file is not copyright protected. Find out if the songs that CAN'T be transferred have this message. If so, then click on acquire digital rights (or some variant of that phrase). If the files tha CAN'T be transferred DO have Digital rights protection, then you must save the files in a different format that is stripped of DRM encryption.