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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."
hi, If the message appears that your license has expired for some songs, then it means that you have purchased the music online(or free trial) only for a particular period of time (say 2 weeks). after that particular time, you have to purchase the music from the online store where you got it. The rules change according to different countries. Please specify your country to know more and give me a good rating of you find this advice as helpful!
If you got your songs from a music service, especially Rhapsody, the songs have a fixed-term DRM license on them. After a certain period of time - sometimes as little as 3 days - you have to resynchronize the songs to the music service from where you got the songs. If you let your music service subscription lapse, then the songs will not be usable until you renew your subscription. This process of resynchronizing the songs to the music service does not always go smoothly. Sometimes synchronizing through Rhapsody or another service does not resolve your issue - in this case, you will have to go through the long, tedious process of deleting the affected songs off of your player and reloading them - either through the music service or through Windows Media Player.
If you never want to deal with this problem again, the solution is to only download songs that are in mp3 format. Mp3 files do not expire once your music service subscription has expired, and they do not give you strange messages to resynchronize the files.
That error code means that the mp3 player is having a problem retrieving digital rights to the songs you have attempted to load.
The license on the songs that you are trying to download either does not permit transfer to mp3 players - or the license has expired. Use mp3 format songs only, and you will never have this problem. You can read my "Tips & Tricks" article on song formats if you really want more detailed information.
-Tha Mp3 Doctor
The music files that you have transferred are in WMA format - when your music svc subscription expires, or the licenses on them expire, then you will get this annoying message. Convert the files to mp3 format, and you will never have that problem again.
The writing message may appear for a good forty minutes after completing the firmware upgrade - make sure your player is fully charged and just let it sit for an hour on that writing status - it will stop eventually.