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Cannot reacquire music licenses for .wma tracks

by pspan / September 17, 2009 7:04 AM PDT

I got a new computer. I have about 280 songs that are .wma that were purchased from Musicmatch/Yahoo/Rhapsody. I tried to get them to help me and they won't. I have tried some software to convert them, but unless I have the license in place they will not work. Is there a way to convert these songs so I don't have to pay $280 to buy them again?

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Re: licenses
by Kees Bakker / September 17, 2009 8:00 PM PDT
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by pspan / September 17, 2009 11:30 PM PDT
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Thanks for your suggestion. The problem is that I do not have the licenses for my songs because Musicmatch was taken on by Yahoo, which was taken on by Rhapsody. The Tunebite software tried to reaquire the license, but was not able to because of all the changes in the provider. It correctly tried to get the license on the song I tested which was bought from Musicmatch, but they are not available anymore. Does anyone know of a way to convert these songs from .wma files to .mp3 files without the license?
Thanks for your help!

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Re: license
by Kees Bakker / September 17, 2009 11:34 PM PDT
In reply to: Licenses

I assumed:
- you still had your OLD computer
- you still could play the tracks on your OLD computer
Then you should be able to do the trick on that one.

Sorry to have misunderstood you. What I understand now: your old computer is broken, so you can't use it any more. And you don't have a backup of the licenses, only of the music.
Yeah, then it's a problem.


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by pspan / September 17, 2009 11:42 PM PDT
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So Kees, now that you understand my situation, is there any way to retrieve my music?

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Same issue - Lawsuit worthy
by djdevo / November 14, 2014 11:46 AM PST
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I gave up, but still have all the music purchased on an external HD.
I wonder if anyone has ever tried to sue MusicMatch or whoever they are now.
It's ridiculous that I can't move or listen to the music I've legally purchased, but anything DL'd from P2P has no problems at all. No wonder people want to steal music!

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Sorry for that
by Vzardy / November 1, 2009 4:45 PM PST

As far as I know, most of the DRM removal software works in the same way by re-recording the original files with authorized license, like my version downloaded from

So it's better to make a copy with a right DRM removal software when you purchase music or movie from on-line store like iTunes, Napster, Rhapsofy, Amazon unbox, or Zune Marketplace etc

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by joe damore / June 14, 2013 1:46 AM PDT
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I have the exact same problem and have $300.00 worth of tracks in wma that I can't play. It has caused me to head more toward free music rather than more tracks (mp3) on Rhapsody. They are the losers.


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