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Error message: "Cannot play; the license is expired"

Please help me fix my MP3 player NWZ-S615F.
Error message reads: Cannot play; the license is expired

Thanks We have the exact same issue. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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You will have to either renew your music service subsription, or convert the song to mp3 format. all WMA files have a license - if it is expired, you will get this message.

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