How To Play Protected WMV/WMA Files?


Microsoft developed video container files namely WMV and WMA. These files are compatible with Windows Media Player which is also a product of Microsoft.

Microsoft Corporation also enforces restriction in the form of DRM (Digital Rights Management) so as to protect the digital copyrights of these file formats. As a result, you will not be allowed to play WMA and WMV files using any other third party music players or mobile devices.

But, if you still want to play these files in any other devices, there is a way to do it. You will first have to remove the DRM protection from the file. You are then allowed to download these files on your computer or any other music players. You can then playback whenever and where you want them.

The DRM Ripper is the all-in-one tool that will help you in converting your WMV and WMA files in to your preferred formats like MP3 or MP4. It also removes the DRM protection too. Download the DRM Ripper software to your computer and install it. 

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We will now discuss the steps to be followed to perform the conversion and removal of protection of your WMA and WMV files.

Play Protected WMV/WMA Files

Step 1: First, Then launch the application which will take you to the main interface.  To add the video files to the DRM converter simply click on “Add” or drag your list of file to the converter interface. This way, you can perform Batch conversion by converting multiple files in one go.


Step 2: Then, from the format list, choose the output format that you prefer. MP4 for videos and MP3 for audio files are generally preferred. These file formats will be compatible with almost all music players. You can either mention the destination format yourself or choose from the list of available conversion formats.

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Step 3: To start the conversion process, click on “Start” button. The DRM converter tool will perform the conversion process and remove the protection from the files. After the protection is removed, the files are converted to the format mentioned by you. The files can then be saved in a folder in your local computer and copied and played on the go.

This DRM Removal retains the original audio and video quality after the conversion. You can play them in iTunes or QuickTime based on your needs. So it is really easy now to play protected WMV/WMA files on your system. Do try this software and if you have any query do let us know by commenting.

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