I'm pretty sure Quintessential Media Player will cross-encode, but it took FOREVER on my old Sempron 2400+. Somewhere around 45 minutes for one medium sized song. I don't know how that program would react to the DRM.
I like Jim H's idea, too, and you could use Audacity which is free.
If you're referring to me, then no, you won't. I bought a copy of Supreme Commander's soundtrack off DirectSong.com for $10. It's DRM protected to 3 machines. Fook that, I said. I bought the music, just like I would for a normal CD at Circuit City or FYE. I'll copy it to as many god damned computers as I want.
Plus, the site said I could burn it to a CD, even though Windows Media Player wouldn't. Nero 7 did. I thusly ripped it to my laptop for my on-the-go listening pleasures, and there wasn't any DRM whatsoever.
All well within the licensing. I'm following the law, just without their "supervision" (DRM)
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thank you very much for your replies.... Sorry havent posted in a few days as it has been hell for me. 14hr days... at the end of the day I have nothing left.
As for utilities... it kinda looks like you have to get around the DRM first before you can convert a WMA to MP3.
and as for the DRM stripper.... hmmmm.... I looked at that and it seems alot of work and hassle to get it installed or at least setup in order for the utility to work... uninstall this, that, and then you cant use WM 11 and have to revert back to WM 9/10 and then remember NOT to upgrade or the utility will stop working.... and and so on.
The reason I am asking about this is that my local county library's website now offers Books on Tape/CD as in downloadable format to checkout versus the usual hard copy. But these downloadable Books on Tape/CD are in wma format and you have to click on a link to get the license for a certain amount of rental time before you can listen files.
What I was hoping is that when I run across a Book on Tapes/CD, that I would be able to download it and then convert it to MP3 where I can listen to it on a portable player or in my car. BUT...... with the DRM in place.... you can convert it.
I just want to be able to listen to them either in a car or on a portable and not have to be stuck by the computer.....
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Thanks for mentioning that utility. I finally got around to installing it and trying it out..... Unfortunately.... it is a no go when it comes to DRM. But it is one step closer.... With the usual utilities I have tried so far... it doesnt even attempt to convert. It immediately comes up with some error or sort and you know it has to do with DRM. But with Super utility.... it actually tries to convert and it does convert.... BUT when you try to play it back... the sound is kinda like playing fast forward at 10X speed. hahahahah.... I tried to figure a round about way of doing it with the utility but with no avail. I think Adam's suggestion will work but at this point, i'm not willing to go through the long round about way with many steps of a setup.. even though i'm sure it works but it is kinda like using a whole roll of duct tape. But it is an option though if all fails.
One could always just record directly from the line-outputs of the audio amplifier back into a digital recorder. It means you've lost the original digital "clarity". However, something to consider is at the bit-rates and with various multiple conversions the alternatives include, you may end up with something of comparable quality anyway.
No special multiple setups, just an audio patch cable with appropriate impedance-matching and level-shifting if required.
This is late, but if you get the "10x" speed increase on super... did you set the sampling to 44100? If you don't use the same value as the song is recorded at, then SUPER tends to mess it up... its not a very bright program (I love it anyway).
I believe there are many DRM-defeating converters out there, but I don't remember any of them off hand (and I never use them because I never purchase my music... ...from DRM sources. Yeah...