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briansolomon
Jan 17, 2006, 07:57 PM
Is it possible to convert a DRM protected WMA to MP3 on Mac OS X?

I've got an audio book I 'checked out' from the library that I cannot use because of the DRM protection.

Thanks!



Airforce
Jan 17, 2006, 08:04 PM
Is it possible to convert a DRM protected WMA to MP3 on Mac OS X?

I've got an audio book I 'checked out' from the library that I cannot use because of the DRM protection.

Thanks!

That would be illegal ;)

geese
Jan 17, 2006, 08:11 PM
Can you even play DRM WMA files in Mac OS X? Didnt think you could.

If you can, you could always use an app like Wiretap to record the output. clumsy and slow, but it'll work, assuming you can get windows DRM to work on Macs

briansolomon
Jan 17, 2006, 08:12 PM
Yeah, I've got a friend that was going to record the output. It's 17 hours long, so I may just have to read the book.

betbest1
Jan 17, 2006, 10:27 PM
On Windows, jetAudio 5 (free for Basic version) can convert DRM-protected WMA to other formats (FLAC, APE, Ogg Vorbis, WAV, non-protected WMA). This "feature" (more like an oversight) was removed for jetAudio 6. I can send you the installer for jetAudio 5.1.10 Basic if you like. Unfortunately, I don't know of any program for Mac that can do this.

briansolomon
Jan 18, 2006, 12:09 PM
Thanks, but a friend let me use his audible account to buy the book. I've got it now!

puc119
Jan 22, 2006, 10:49 PM
it seems that Windows media player for the mac
does not have the DRM to play the downloadable audio books

could you please sendme the jetaudio 5.1 installer
so i can listen to the book on my mac


thanks

betbest1
Jan 23, 2006, 12:27 AM
jetAudio is for Windows only. You can use jetAudio on a Windows computer to convert your DRM WMA to a non-protected file format, which you can then transfer to a Mac.

BTW, the link is here: jetAudio Basic 5.1.10 (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=6Y92XXLJ).

puc119
Jan 23, 2006, 10:16 AM
thanks for the link
i'll give it a try
and let you know

how nice of MS to nix the apple community by
cancelling the development of Windows Media Player
for Mac, eliminating all usage of many media files


thanks again
i'll get back to ya

geekologist
Jan 23, 2006, 02:39 PM
Is it possible to convert a DRM protected WMA to MP3 on Mac OS X?

I've got an audio book I 'checked out' from the library that I cannot use because of the DRM protection.

Thanks!

There is not a good way to do it. Programs that do it are basically "Re-recording" it. It takes a long time. If it is an hour audiobook then it would take an hours to "convert."

betbest1
Jan 23, 2006, 05:22 PM
Actually, from what I've heard, jetAudio will not re-encode a DRM WMA converted to a non-DRM WMA at the same bit rate (however, it only supports 6.5, 28.8, 56, 64, 96, and 128 Kbps WMA output). Also, you can use it to add DRM to an existing WMA (but who would want to?).