How can I play old music I bought from Walmart online?

Episode 1352 (13:53)

George from Houston, TX
Piracy Music CD

George bought some music from Walmart, but he can't play them anymore because the copy protection servers have been shut down. Leo says that this is the reason not to buy copy protected music. These are unplayable sadly, but there may be a way to strip out the DRM. George should Google "strip WMA DRM" or "Strip WMA copy protection." It may seem like he bought the music, but if he looks at the terms of service, he technically rented it.

Leo says there's a good case to be made for him to ethically strip out the copy protection. That would make him a pirate, and that's why the music industry is moving away from copy protection.

The chatroom says FairUse 4 WM may work. There's another article from Lifehacker about converting protected wma files to mp3.

Photo: Santeri Viinamäki [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons