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mp3 player protect content

by sparrowhawkMD / July 11, 2012 9:50 AM PDT

I know almost nothing about mp3 players and I am having a hard time find the information I need for something I want to do with one. I want to buy a cheap mp3 player and load some music/audio books on it. I need to be able to make it so that someone else can not delete or add music/audio books/other files to it. Any recommendations on an mp3 player and way to accomplish this? Thanks

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No. Why?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 11, 2012 10:10 AM PDT

So far you can't close the "analog hole."

I've seen folk work hard on protecting the MP3 digital content and then I show them how I can tap into the headphone jack and get the content out unprotected again.

So there it is. There is no protection known for audio works.
Bob

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by sparrowhawkMD / July 11, 2012 10:17 AM PDT
In reply to: No. Why?

I actually don't mind if someone copies the audio off the mp3 player I just don't want them to be able to delete the audio files on it. Is there a way to prevent the deletion of files on it? thanks

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 12, 2012 1:49 AM PDT
In reply to: Clarification

There are custom MP3 players out there that you find in those museum things. But such is not cheap.

Why not a cheap player and if they screw it up, copy the file back on? Maybe there's a lot more to your "spec" but I've found that if someone writes a long spec, the price of the device goes up and up.
Bob

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