What indicates the DRM protection
No, when you have the CD there is no DRM transferred during the ripping process... DRM is added to digital media (i.e. downloads) not to the CDs (well, a few older ones that Sony tried, but they've since stopped) IF you can RIPP the cd then their either is NO protection on it or your computer/software already bypassed it.
Droid WILL play WMA the files were likely just encoded incorrectly under your settings.
As to 'where' the music is placed it goes onto the SD card to wherever you put it (though it's recommended you create a Music folder if there is not one already).
Also for easy of transferring some may want to look into these:
[HowTo] Wifi Mount your DROID
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I think KZI is right and you don't have a DRM issue if you have the original CD. Sorry for the wild goose chase.
To verify whether the file is or is not DRM-protected, when I roll my desktop cursor over the desktop copy of the file, a properties summary comes up and in my case it says "protected: no." Alternatively, you can right click on the file, then properties, then click on the "summary" tab.
are the files simply not showing up, or are you actually getting a message saying the file is not supported?
when i first started putting music on my Droid it didn't find the files because of how they were labeled. i changed the way they were labeled and they showed up.
one piece of advice. if you plan to put a ton of music on your Droid, download Winamp and rip the files using the HE-AAC codec at 64Kbps. they will sound just as good or better than standard MP3 at 192Kbps, and take up A LOT less space. i have 861 songs on my Droid and am only using 2.15gig. the only issue i had was that the stock music player was unable to find the album art. my solution was to download an app from the market that finds and downloads the album art.
Last edited by jasonb; 02-01-2010 at 08:50 PM.
if you are going into your file explorer and they are not working then i am not sure what the issue is. when i had mine mislabeled i was still able to play them when i used the file explorer to find them. double check to see what format they are written in i guess.
FOR THE OP: I resolved the issue using a DRM remover/converter. Do a Google search and you'll see many DRM removers available. The one I used was about $20 but there may be shareware versions available.
I believe it is correct that you will find iTunes sometimes placing protection such as DRM on ripped music and of course you will find by default it will not rip to MP3.
iTunes is pretty flexible and pretty robust. I don't use it any longer now that I've parked my iPod for the Droid but it is pretty flexible. But given Apple wants the ability to do commerce with music labels they smartly do what they can to be a good colleague to the music industry.
It is simpler to use Windows media and rip to .mp3 or use a robust free tool like AudioGrabber. AudioGrabber as someone was mentioning provides plenty of tuning and configuring for choosing the desired bit rate, etc ..
When you have your music library ready just mount the Droid as a mass media device via USB and copy to a Music folder.
There is a album art product in the market that works fine for retrieving album art. I think I paid a couple of dollars for it.