February 26, 2005

Zen Micro - "No License to Play"

Had my first issue with the Zen Micro / Napster To Go combo today. Suddenly many of my Napster downloaded files refused to play, citing "No Licence to Play, please sync with PC". Brilliant. So I tried to sync with the PC, but no luck, seemingly the licenses didn't copy over correctly.

I kind of blame the Zen Micro for this. I use the 2.10.5 firmware, the only one that is compatible with Napster To Go. It is in BETA. :( Well, hopefully Creative sorts this out. It will be more than a bit annoying.

Solution; delete all DRM files from the device and copy them across once more. A new license will be issued for the next two weeks (?) and you are back on the road. Naturally, with a 1" HDD inside this takes a while...

Posted by ludvig at February 26, 2005 11:20 PM | TrackBack

Have the same problem...seemingly every 3 or 4 days have to totally remove all songs from the device and reinstall. Problem, however, is that each time I do this I lose more songs, because of the DRM downloads allowed in a month.

iTunes + iPod = $10,000
napstertogo + Zen Micro = HEADACHES!

Posted by: JK at February 28, 2005 05:18 AM

Hi am having the same problem how do you Delete the DRM downloads ??

Posted by: Ray at March 4, 2005 11:13 PM

Ray; what I did was to use Media Player 10 as the synchronization application. There is a Playlist defined in the Sync section which is called Napster Downloads.

- First add this to the sync list.
- Sync. Media Player will detect that it is already on the player.
- Remove from sync list.
- Sync. Files will be deleted.
- Add to sync list.
- Sync. New copies will be copied to the player and with that also new licenses.

Good luck!


Posted by: ludvig at March 5, 2005 12:37 AM

I finally returned my Micro yesterday for this issue. Today they released a firmware update (beta) that fixes it. Search "licence issue" in Creatives forum. I really liked the Micro much better than the iriver Iswitched to, so I suppose I'll switch back....

Posted by: Alan at March 10, 2005 11:41 PM
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