For a while now, Mr. Oniya has been talking about getting a portable audio device to upgrade the old Walkman. Since getting Vista, he has numerous CDs ripped to his laptop (thanks to a Geek Squad associate who told him that was the only way that he could play a CD on his laptop - as opposed to being able to just put it in and having it autoplay from the CD).
Whether or not that's true, it means that he's got a lot of audio files of his favorite songs. Looking at them from Properties, it says that they are .WMA (Windows Media Audio) files. What I'd like to do is find a portable audio device that supports them, so that I (or he) can just upload files from one to the other. In my research, I've run into a confusion point: Half a dozen different types of .WMA files - WMA, WMA DRM, WMAPro, Protected WMA (DRM), Protected WMA (DRM9) and Protected WMA (DRM10).
Are these reverse compatible? (i.e. will something that supports Protected WMA (DRM10) support all six?)
If not, is there a way of determining what flavor of WMA his existing files are?