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Scure Real Audio files to MP3

by solace412 / April 20, 2006 8:47 PM PDT

Hi you clever guys out there!

I have a 9 year old Sony Vaio. In 1997 I placed 104 of my own CD music tracks on it using Real Audio. Real Audio kindly placed them on the machine in secure format, not MP3! I want to download them off the Vaio (without having to record them all over again) onto a memory stick and an MP3 player, so that I can carry them around. Real Audio tell me that I can burn the tracks onto a CD and then convert them to MP3. However my Vaio (operating system Windows 98 (not SE!))only has a CD player not a writer. Does anyone know if I can obtain a program which I can put onto the Vaio to convert from Real Audio Secure to MP3?

Grateful thanks guys!
Steven (UK)

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Link, comment.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 20, 2006 9:55 PM PDT

1. http://www.real.com

2. This is your wakeup call about DRM. While I feel for you, the forum policied FORBID such a discussion. Next time, get those in plain non-secure, non-DRM tracks.

Bob

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Digital music
by solace412 / April 20, 2006 10:14 PM PDT
In reply to: Link, comment.

Sorry Bob,
Didn't understand your reply.

Steven

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Sorry, the forums are a bit farkled.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 20, 2006 10:49 PM PDT
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by solace412 / April 20, 2006 11:03 PM PDT

Bob,
Many thanks for your input (although it doesn't help!!). I've been in contact with Real for the past fortnight and they have tried to help. However, as I said in my original posting, they suggest I burn the tracks into a CD and then convert to MP3 format. Can't do that with my 9 year old Vaio - it only has a CD player. Thanks again. Being new to CNET forums I'll learn what can and can't be discussed! Be assured, I wasn't trying to do anything illegal. They are my CD's after all. I was just trying to save the hassle of having to re-record all 104 tracks again!

Steven

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That is one option.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 20, 2006 11:20 PM PDT
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A CD recorder, in fact one that does DVD as well is well under 50 bucks around here. If that was all that was needed, then you could fit the needed drive to make the CDs and then use something like CDEX (google.com) to get the MP3s proper.

Don't fret too much about asking, just know that with my little red "M" that I am bound by da'rules more than others.

Sorry that I can't hand you an easy solution but "secure" and DRM is supposed to keep you from doing exactly what you want to do here. But at least you are seeing some roads out.

What would I do? I'd install CDEX and toss the 10 CDs in and let it make new MP3s.

Bob

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To CD or not to CD!
by solace412 / April 20, 2006 11:42 PM PDT
In reply to: That is one option.

Thanks again Bob. Appreciate your time. Will explore your suggested option.

Steven

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