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Is the John Lennon Power to the People album in the iTunes store Restricted to upload to a PS Vita or any other device besides a apple device

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May 4, 2012 6:10 PM

I had bought the John Lennon Power to the People album from iTunes to upload to my PS Vita but when I tried to upload it, it didnt show up on my PS Vita to copy so I contacted Sony and they said the album might be restricted to upload to any other device besides an Apple device, So I was wondering is the album restricted, and How can I upload the album to my PS Vita because Sony told me to contact Apple.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • Servant of Cats Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)

    >> I contacted Sony and they said the album might be restricted

     

    Apple has not used DRM on iTunes Store songs for several years.  (They do still use DRM on videos, but it does not sound like that's what you are trying to transfer to the PS Vita.)

     

    All of the music files on the iTunes Store are now in 256 Kbps, non-DRMed AAC ("iTunes Plus") format, except in a few cases where an album comes with a "digital booklet".  I don't know what format the "digital booklets" are in; it might be one a PS Vita wouldn't understand.  But I think those are also non-DRMed, and that there should be a way to transfer the AAC song files to another device, even if you can't also transfer the "booklet".

     

    On the Sony site, I had to poke around a bit, but I finally found a FAQ that says the Vita supports "MP3 MPEG-1/2 Audio Layer 3, MP4 (MPEG-4 AAC), and WAVE (Linear PCM)".  Unless the Vita has some crazy restriction on the bitrate (e.g., wants something lower than 256 Kbps; and why would it, if it accepts WAV?), or is out of room, I'm at a loss to understand why it would not accept transfers of individual AAC (.MP4) files from the album.

     

    One thing that you could try (although this is not the best solution in terms of sound quality) is to use iTunes to create MP3 copies of all of the AACs in that album.  (Be sure not to delete the original AACs.)  Perhaps the PS Vita will be more tolerant of the MP3s than of the AACs despite the claim that it supports both.  Converting to a bunch of lower-bitrate AAC files or to WAVE files are variations on this theme.

     

    Now if I am mistaken, and your copy of the "Power to the People" album was purchased as a DRMed download long ago, the DRM is the problem.  You can tell DRMed iTunes Store music files because they have a bit rate of 128 Kbps (instead of 256 Kbps), and they have a "long" format description of "Protected AAC".

  • Servant of Cats Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)

    I just took a look at that album on iTunes.

     

    The release date is 2010, so based on that, I would not expect any of the audio tracks to be DRMed.  However, the album as a whole is an "iTunes LP" with "lyrics, a slideshow, music videos,a discography, and a photo gallery."

     

    It is possible that the music videos are DRMed (I won't say "certain"; TV shows that I have bought on iTunes have always been DRMed, but at least some music videos I bought there were not).  Even if they are not, the PS Vita might not understand the format they are in.

     

    As for the supplementary content, I'd be very surprised if the PS Vita could read the "iTunes LP" container format.  So I'd focus on getting the audio files over (experiment with one, until you find a way that works); then the videos (if their descriptions say "Purchased" and not "Protected", and if you have room).  The rest of the stuff – view on the Mac.

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