How to make MP3s from Protected Audio Files - DRM

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How to make MP3s from Protected Audio Files (Like WMA from RecordedBooks) You could even use this technique with books, but I don't recommend it. It's more simple to use my Audacity guide.

Open up Audacity. Select "What you hear" or "Wave" as your input to record.


Then, open up the file in Windows Media Player, or whatever protected player...

In Audacity, Click RECORD, then go to your player and hit play. It should start playing and recording. Make sure it looks like it's recording. If it doesn't look like it, it isn't.

Now you have no choice but to wait. If you are still going to play on your computer, REMEMBER to do NOTHING that makes sound. No IM/email notifications, nothing! If you are making music, wait until the song ends, then stop it and export it as an mp3. If you are listening to a book, overnight seems like a good options.

At the end you will have ONE HUGE massive file. Trim it up, the best thing to do is to export it to .WAV. Then use DbPowerAmp to encode it in your audio format of choice.

Now using DbPowerAmp, they have a NIFTY little extension that splits the file while encoding it to MP3 in your favorite codec. (Lame is my favorite) I suggest about 10 minutes. Totally up to you, and your preference. Notice that DbPowerAmp does NOT number them correctly (01, 02 ,03) but does 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11 so you're going to have to manually zero pad yourself. Now you can go on to Proper Numbering System.

Of course you can go into the audio file and painstakingly listen to it, and write down the time stamp then go back in and cut the audio during chapters or whatever. This IS better (Because then the audio never cuts in between words), but takes a lot of time.

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