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Toni maybe you can help me

by Sasha Tee / March 4, 2007 5:24 AM PST

I lost all my music licenses when my "old" computer died. I can't play any of the 88 cent tracks I bought online from Walmart or even some songs ripped from cds I already own. I think I might be able to play them if I allow something called Music Assistant to be downloaded to my computer. After reading some of the things you wrote, I wonder if this is safe or if it would be a problem. Thanks

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Music Assistant
by TONI H / March 4, 2007 11:13 AM PST
http://music.msn.com/client/install.aspx

Quoted from MSN site:

Note: this installation may upgrade the Microsoft Digital Rights Management components on your computer. When you click install, a unique identifier and a DRM security file are sent to a Microsoft-hosted service on the Internet. The file is replaced with a customized version that contains your unique identifier. This increases the level of protection provided by DRM.

Sounds to me as if this "music assistant" will actually increase rather than decrease the protection to where if there is any hint that you are trying to put copyrighted songs on your computer or play them from a cd that you burned with songs ripped from other cd's that it will stop you in your tracks.

This quote is from another page about it: http://music.msn.com/help/install

Windows Vista users only: If you are using Internet Explorer 7, please add MSN Music to your Trusted Sites. To do so, click on Tools in the tab bar. Click on Internet Options. Navigate to the Security tab, then to the Trusted Sites icon. Uncheck the option 'Require server verification (https:) for all sites in this zone.' Then add the site http://music.msn.com to the list.
Lastly, if you are going through any corporate proxies or firewalls this may cause problems installing. Please contact your system administrator for assistance.

It looks like the Music Assistant, in my opinion, will allow you to play songs from MSN Music site, but will stop you from playing anything else. I could be wrong.

Check out the links I gave you which also provide more links that might better describe what you are getting yourself into with the program before you leap into it.

TONI
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Too intimidating
by Sasha Tee / March 5, 2007 9:57 AM PST
In reply to: Music Assistant

Hi Toni, this is too much. I think I'll enjoy the music that's available on the computer and let it go at that. I used to buy music from MSN all the time but then the "buy" link disappeared. I found it again and hope I didn't mindlessly download the music assistant while I was on the site. Thanks again for all your advice.

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An Idea.....wondering
by TONI H / March 5, 2007 8:13 PM PST
In reply to: Too intimidating

Did your sound card come with software (or even Real Player maybe if you have it..or Quick Time if it's installed for your Ipod) that has settings where you can change the association for the music (mp3, cda, etc) to that program instead of Media Player?

If so, you have a work around to eliminate Media Player from the picture completely...open Media Player, go into the Tools/Options/Files and uncheck all the stuff that you "aren't able to listen to" now, and then reassociate those file extensions with the other program instead.

I would do it with the sound card program since it's more likely to allow everything because it doesn't have an automatic link to the internet to update itself and disable stuff automatically the way the other three programs might.

TONI

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Worth trying
by Sasha Tee / March 5, 2007 11:16 PM PST
In reply to: An Idea.....wondering

I copied and saved your suggestion and will wait until I can get help or at least moral support to try this. Thank you!

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