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Re: sony walkman sport series. wont play certain song
Caution, the sony License agreement which must be accepted in order to use this player, states, in part, that: "The SOFTWARE contains features which may allow SONY and/or third parties to collect data from, control and/or monitor computers and devices running or interacting with the SOFTWARE. You hereby agree that such activities may occur."
Essentially, SONY is asking you to agree that they, or other unnamed third parties, have the right to collect unspecified data from your computer, and control your computer if they wish to do so. ...
Visit to the service stration for the license renewal...
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It means the Digital Rights to the song have expired.
From Sony's site:
"This issue may occur if the license for the track you are trying to play has expired on the device. If you currently subscribe to a music subscription service, connect the device and sign into the account to refresh your license to allow for playback. You may need to do this once during each billing period to listen to the subscription music you have transferred. If you are no longer a subscriber to the service where you downloaded the file from, you can delete the song from your portable player to prevent this error from occurring each time you try to play the song back."
The license on the songs has expired, and that's the problem with DRM-protected WMA's. You will need to renew the license through the music service from which you downloaded the songs. If your subscription has lapsed, you will need to renew it. Then, you'll have to delete the songs on your Walkman, and reload them once you have updated the license.
If you only download and transfer files in mp3 format you will never have this problem, and you can keep the songs forever.
That is the problem with services that give you DRM-protected WMA's - as soon as the subscription lapses, the song cannot be played on your mp3 player anymore. The only way around the problem is to either: a) renew your subscription, or b) get a music service that gives you DRM-free songs, preferably a service that gives you the songs in mp3 format.
Make sure the device is fully charged.
Make sure the songs are in the correct format - Mp3 is best; iTunes/AAC will not work; check the bit rate of the songs to make sure they are at acceptable levels.
Also, make sure you are using the Media Manager to convert files.
Formatting the player, in this case, might have been a bad idea, b/c it is possible that it erased key system files - I do not see where Sony has the original firmware/software for this particular product on their website, so it is going to be difficult to reload it if that is the case.
Here is some general info:
I have seen quite a few
threads in which the stated problem is that the Mp3 or Digital Audio Player
will not load the songs; will appear to load the songs but will not actually
play them in theMp3 playeronce disconnected fromcomputer;
will skip the songs on the player, or show only “0:00” for file length; songs
“disappear” all of a sudden (although this particular problem can be caused for
many reasons not covered in this article); your store-bought/burned/ripped CD’s
will not load into your Mp3 player; or get the error message “File Format Not
Supported.” All of these problems occur
because the user is trying to download a song format that the player does not
is in a certain format.The most common music file formats are Mp3, WMA, AAC
(iTunes), WAV, RA, etc.In addition,
every file format type is in a certain bitrate, size, etc.By far the most common issue is that the
music file contains a license or copyright (especially with WMA or AAC file
formats).Each Mp3 player only
recognizes a certain number of these formats.Every Mp3 Player is different.You will have to check your
Mp3 player’s product specifications (specs) or user’s manual to find out which
formats your particular Mp3 player recognizes.When you try to download or
sync the wrong file format, you will get one of the errors that I mentioned
above.If you want to know what file
type you have, then you must find the location of the individual music file on
your computer, right click the title of the song, and select the option
“Properties” from the menu. Mp3 player product documentation is not straightforward.If a player supports only non-protected WMA
files, it will merely say that it supports WMA – it will not tell which type of
WMA it supports.A player that supports
DRM-protected WMA’s will usually indicate such on the box (usually with a
Windows Plays For Sure logo – which is actually an ironic misnomer).DRM stands for Digital Rights Management, and
it is a type of licensing system for WMA files.It is used extensively by mp3 player music services such as Bearshare,
LeapFrog, Napster, and others.Not all
DRM licenses are created equal – there are licenses with “play rights,” burn
rights,” and “transfer rights.”Play
rights mean that you can only play the song on your PC – it will play fine on
your computer, but it will not play in your mp3 player even though it appears
to transfer.Burn rights mean that the
song can be burned to CD.Transfer
rights mean that the song can be transferred onto an mp3 player that supports
DRM-protected files.Then, there are
unlimited licenses and limited licenses.Limited licenses only allow you to play a song for a certain length of
time. You would have to pay extra to continue using the song after that trial period
is over – the time length ranges from a few days to several months or longer. -Tha Mp3 Doctor
read licenses carefully before you pay for any downloads
FROM SPIRALFROG FAQ's:
that our music files only play if you continue to renew your monthly
membership at SpiralFrog. If you renew every 30 days, all the music you
download from SpiralFrog is good to go – however, you need to sync your
portable devices every month as well in order to update the licenses on
the songs you’ve transferred so they’ll play as well.
I went to www.sony.com and was able to find the solution. If your songs were downloaded from services similar to Napster then you will have to log back into the service to refresh the licenses on the songs. If you no longer are subscribing to the service then you will need to delete the songs from your player. If you need further information you can find it on the Sony website.