How to Play Windows Media DRM Content on Linux

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How to Play Windows Media DRM Content on Linux
You can play DRM content in Ubuntu using Wine Windows emulator. (music image by Josef F Stuefer from

Windows Media DRM (Digital Rights Management) is a digital media service used by online retailers, such as music and video vendors, to control the playback and dispersion of their media. Usually this means that users can only play Windows Media DRM content on a computer with a Windows operating system, making it impossible to play these files in Ubuntu Linux. Fortunately, you can use a Windows program emulator to run Windows Media Player and access your DRM files.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Place your DRM files in a folder on Ubuntu's desktop called "DRM Media." This will give you easy access to these files in later steps when you need to point Windows Media Player to them.

  2. 2

    Open a Terminal (Applications, Accessories, Terminal) and type "sudo apt-get install wine." This installs Wine Windows Emulator, a free application that allows you to run many Windows programs within Linux.

  3. 3

    Download Windows Media Player 11 for Windows XP (link in Resources) and save it to Ubuntu's desktop. Once downloaded, right-click and select "Open with Wine Windows Emulator." Follow the on-screen prompts for installing it to your system.

  4. 4

    Go to "Applications" then "Wine," select "Programs" and open "Windows Media Player." Click "File" then "Open" and locate a DRM file you want to play. Select "OK" to load it into Media Player.

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