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ok, now doing the "right thing" and need info

by mark04276 / March 19, 2007 8:22 AM PDT

decided to start buying my songs at Walmart.com. Bought 75 of them last night, no problem. My question is what do I have to backup in order for these songs to play in case I have a hard drive failure. I know I have to back up the songs themselves but not sure about this license thing. Tried to click on a link at Walmart.com but didnt bring me to the page I needed. Thanks in advance.

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Burn them
by PudgyOne / March 19, 2007 9:51 AM PDT

to a CD.

I would burn a mp3 CD. You can put a lot of songs on one, over 100 easily.

I would also burn an Audio CD so the songs can play in a CD Player. The songs can be taken off the CD's in the event of a hard drive failure.


Rick

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know that, dont know
by mark04276 / March 19, 2007 11:01 AM PDT
In reply to: Burn them

Isnt there a file or something that I have to keep that has the DRM information in it for the WMA files to work on my computer? I dont know what that file is, but want to back it up also.

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Unfortunately not that simple...
by John.Wilkinson / March 19, 2007 12:11 PM PDT
In reply to: know that, dont know

The licenses are conglomerated in a hidden system folder, and while you could try backing up the directory it would do you little good...if you reinstall Windows or transfer the licenses to another computer they will be determined to be invalid since they are locked to that specific installation of Windows. That's the very essence of DRM...restricting access to a single authorized device.

Basically, just backup the songs themselves. If something happens, such as you have to reinstall Windows or your hard drives dies, you'll have to try playing each of the files. You should then be prompted to connect to the internet and update the licenses...do so. If a problem arises you'd have to contact Walmart technical support and provide some proof of purchase so they can authorize your new computer/let you download new licenses.

It's certainly an inconvenience, but it's the only way in most cases.

John

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