Buying Media to Play with VLC
Buying music online which can play with VLC media player is tricky. Most online stores and record companies use DRM, which disables the ability to play files in all media players other than a few proprietary players which support the DRM they use.
However, there are solutions. Defective by Design has a listing for DRM-free music sites. Others are suggested below:
Buy music from sources that don't use DRM
These stores usually encode their music in the VLC-compatible MP3 format
Buy from Open Record Labels
Some people release media files under creative commons licenses, which are normally free and allow you to copy the files to your friends. These files are also DRM-free. Some creative commons sites are listed below:
- Creative Commons
- Internet Archive
- Nine Inch Nails: The Slip (under CC)
- Brad Sucks, one-man band and all CC releases
Play from a CD
VLC can play from CDs. To make sure your CD can be played anywhere, make sure it carries the CDDA logo.