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Pulsing noise with CDs played on WMP12

Some (not all) of my CDs won't play correctly with my Windows Media Player 12/Windows 7/Dell.

Sounds like a background pulsing noise; yet these same CDs play with no problem on my home stereo.

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What if

In reply to: Pulsing noise with CDs played on WMP12

What if you used some other program such as WinAmp or iTunes to play the CD? Do you still hear the same noise? If yes, off the top of my head, I'd say it sounds like some kind of anti-copying scheme. Music companies in the past have toyed with ways of encoding the music so that your average dedicated CD player will either ignore or filter out the excess noise, but if you try playing it on a computer, where you could potentially copy the songs to MP3 (you know, for that pesky fair use thing afforded in copyright law) you wind up with "artifacts" in the sound.

Short of hoping that the music companies wake up and stop shooting themselves in the foot by intentionally providing an inferior product (and they seem more willing to go bankrupt than change), I don't know that there's anything you can do... Legally.

Now if the odd sound goes away with some other playback program, then it could be just some Windows Media Player oddity.

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No other way to test

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I have no other programs to test these CDs with. However, I did check the 'properties' of several CDs (ones that play correctly and the ones that don't), under the Media Usage Rights all of them display: "This file is not protected". Maybe this information on the CDs properties listing doesn't mean amything relative to what you are tallking about.

I also posted my issue on Window Live Forums, and got information about troubleshooting WMP as well as changing sound/enhancement settings, but none of this information improved the way these CDs sound when played.

Any other ideas - anyone????

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Those other programs are free.

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It's not clear why some folk limit themselves like this. Your choice. Try others.

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Didn't know

In reply to: Those other programs are free.

Did not know about WinApp or that it was free; so, limiting myself was not intentional. Anyway, downloaded it and played CDs with no problem.

However, after doing so, these same CDs also played correctly using WMP12. Would like to know why, if anyone has an idea.

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Sorry but programmer talk follows.

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It could be that someone or app like those registry cleaners altered one of the filters (a Windows software thing) and WinAmp put it back. Why apps fix things like that is simple. It's fairly common to get support calls for issues and after awhile it's easier to fix the issue automatically than to suffer support calls.

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