Convert DRM WMA to MP3/M4A?

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    briansolomon

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    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!
     
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    Airforce

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    That would be illegal ;)
     
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    geese

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    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
     
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    briansolomon

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    briansolomon

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    Thanks, but a friend let me use his audible account to buy the book. I've got it now!
     
  7. macrumors newbie

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    i need jet audio 5

    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
     
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    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.
     
  9. macrumors newbie

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    DRM and OS X

    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
     
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    geekologist

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    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."
     
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    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?).
     

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