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Locked mp3 files

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December 15, 2007 at 14:55:39
Specs: XP Home, 2 gigs

I have old songs that I converted from records and tapes and now 10 folders of songs out of the 100 or more that there is are apparently locked somehow. They won't play, can't be moved or deleted.

RJF


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#1
December 15, 2007 at 15:03:53

A little more info would be good. Did they ever play? What program are you using to play the mp3s? Does it play other mp3 files that you didn't convert?

Do you receive any error messages?

Life's more painless for the brainless.


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#2
December 15, 2007 at 15:10:09

If you are using a newer version WMP that may be your problem. WMP uses DRM to determine if you are allowed. Try a free player like Winamp 5.5.

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#3
December 15, 2007 at 15:23:32

Lurkswithin had this problem recently. Somewhere along the line you have got your music files hit with DRM.

They'll play but you can burn them to disk or send the to your family by email.

He may have put the fix up as I know he got rid of the DRM from the files, do a search here at CN...


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#4
December 15, 2007 at 16:21:42

Like I said, originally there was about a hundred folders of songs that all played and could be manipulated any way you wanted. But I was editing the songs and wanted to mark the folders so I knew which were already edited. So I highlighted the 10 folders and changed the icon from the regular icon to one with a red check on the icon of the folder. I don't know if that's what changed the attributes of the files but when I tried to play the songs sometime after that they were screwed up. I use WMP and it is a new version. But the rest of the songs will play with Zune, itunes, or the Quicktime player. It is just the songs in those 10 folders that are faulty.

RJF


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#5
December 15, 2007 at 16:31:42

deldoe

How were you accessing those files? Were you in Windows Explorer, WMP, or somewhere else?


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#6
December 15, 2007 at 17:55:11

I have tried both of those as well as other programs such as quicktime, Goldwave, and others.

RJF


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#7
December 15, 2007 at 18:09:05

Where in Windows were you when you checked the files is what I was asking?

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#8
December 16, 2007 at 03:13:11

Probably explorer. and I can't remembe but if it is possible I probably changed them all at once.

RJF


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#9
December 16, 2007 at 06:59:00

I don't see any place in explorer where any change could be made that would have that affect. Maybe one of the player programs?

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#10
December 16, 2007 at 14:29:16

No, I know for sure I that it was in a file listing window such as explorer. In fact, I just tried it and it was explorer. I highlighted 10 folders, then right clicked them, went into properties and into customize and changed the icon. And that is when the songs inside those folders became locked up somehow.

RJF


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#11
December 16, 2007 at 15:25:42

Then why don't you try to reverse the process. Sounds like you have your players set to play one type of file and that isn't it anymore.

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#12
December 16, 2007 at 16:40:44

When I wrote the last time that is exactly what I did. But I can't do anything to the folders or the files inside. They are still mp3s and there is nothing wrong with them that I can tell. They are just locked up. I have a program that removes locking handles on files but even it says there are none on these files. When I try to play them with WMP a window opens with the message below. The files are on my computer and I am the administrator. Nothing else is using the files. I have even ran the computer in safe mode but to no avail.

Windows Media Player cannot access the file. The file might be in use, you might not have access to the computer where the file is stored, or your proxy settings might not be correct.

RJF


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