Encoded (protected?) WMA files playable on a Mac?

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by zen, Jun 21, 2007.

  1. zen macrumors 68000


    Jun 26, 2003
    Not sure which forum this should go in!

    I run a sci-fi website and have been invited to become part of an affiliate program for an audiobook seller. It looks ok, but the audiobooks are only available for purchase & download as encoded WMA files (it says encoded, which I assume means encrypted?).

    I'm a big user of iTunes etc and know a bit about most audio formats except WMA. Are these files even playable on a Mac with flip4mac or whatever, or are they Windows only?

    I seem to remember a friend in a similar position who said encrypted WMA wasn't compatible with a Mac.

    Of course iTunes and the iPod can't play them, but that's another matter.
  2. darthmullet macrumors member

    Aug 4, 2006

    They are definitely not playable under mac os X — they require a Windows Media component that cannot be replicated (it is a complicated key storage process, similar, but not identical, to Protected-AAC). You need Windows to read them. I use Parallels with Windows XP for just this sort of thing.
  3. scottlinux macrumors 6502a


    Sep 21, 2005
    Don't buy DRM content, IMO. It's more evil than people think.

    This is similar to questions about iTunes' DRM:
    All over the Ubuntu forums people ask, "How can I play the $600 of iTunes music I bought from the iTMS in Linux?"

    A: You can't...

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