they expire because of DRM
by ktreb - 6/7/09 8:46 PM
In Reply to: How can they expire.... by DoubleD59
The songs downloaded from a subscription (rather than purchase) have DRM (digital rights management). DRM restricts which devices the songs can be played on, how many computers and players (in the case of Rhapsody, 3 computers and 3 players) that they can be played on, and they have an "expiration" date. The most well known of the DRM'ed content were all of the songs purchased from the iTunes store before a certain time period (iTunes music started going DRM free some time ago and should be completely DRM free by now). iTunes was and still is not a subscription service, but rather purchased music. And in their DRM'ed form would only play on iPods and only play on upto 5 authorized computers. All of the online download music stores these days are DRM free (at least in the US) for purchased music, but DRM free does not extend to all you can download subscriptions.
Now the free song you got from Rhapsody should not have an expiration date. I believe it's in mp3 format so by definition, there are no restrictions.
Which service do you have a trial for? In order to download to a computer or player, you must use the Rhapsody To Go service (rather than the regular, streaming version) and I believe you need to use the Rhapsody software, since you'll need it to authorize your player and download to it. Not the web version. And depending on the song, it may not be available for download through the subscription but only through purchase. I've seen a few of these...I've been a Rhapsody To Go subscriber for 2 years. And I can only see the free song of the day on the web version and not in the software.
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