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Itunes Protected Files

londonblue

Topgun Pilot
Joined
Feb 18, 2004
Messages
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I have been doing some investigating and have worked out why some of my music doesn't appear on the list of albums on the memory stick in my car.

The reason is that they in an ITunes protected format using DRM. Apparently all new music (since 2009) is unprotected, but some of my albums were downloaded before then.

It is possible to upgrade them via the ITunes store so long as I sign up to ITunes Match. However, this costs £21.99 a year and there is no guarantee that the music I want to upgrade has an unprotected version that I can upgrade to.

Has anyone got any suggestions that might work?
 

blues_r_best

Entertainment 7wenty
Joined
Oct 24, 2003
Messages
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Location
Prittlewell/Rochford
Just find them from any free download site, you've already legitimately bought the music. Why pay again because of their distribution method?
 

Jam_Man

Life President
Joined
Apr 7, 2005
Messages
25,545
Location
Southend
Burn them to a CD and then re-import them.

This is what Ive always done in the past.

Nowdays I generally just download them in lossless format then convert them to something itunes can read to get better bitrates.
 

londonblue

Topgun Pilot
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Messages
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A quick update for you. I've copied one album onto a disc and re-imported it which seems to have worked. The problem is I used a CD-R (as opposed to a CD-RW) so now when I try and do a 2nd album it is telling me to use a blank disc even though there is plenty of room on the disc.

What a pain!

However, at least I know it works, so thanks for your help.
 

Jam_Man

Life President
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Yeah you cant use a CDR twice if you have burnt it as a music CD so thats a bit of hassle.
 
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