In most cases, you don't need to worry about downloading media usage rights. The Player usually downloads them automatically, when necessary.
However, there might be times when the Player can't download media usage rights for you. In these cases, the Player typically displays a message that lists your options. Just follow the instructions.
If the Player directs you to an online store, you might be required to enter your account name and password to proceed. The online store might require you to update your billing information or pay a fee to download additional usage rights, such as the right to burn a song to an audio CD.
The Player can't download media usage rights automatically if the Download usage rights automatically when I play or sync a file check box isn't selected (by default, it's selected). To verify that you can download usage rights automatically, do the following:
Click the Start
, click All Programs
, and then click Windows Media Player
If the Player is currently open and you’re in Now Playing mode, click the Switch to Library
in the upper-right corner of the Player.
In the Player Library, click Organize, click Options, and then click the Privacy tab.
Verify that the Download usage rights automatically when I play or sync a file check box is selected.
In addition, if you subscribe to a music or video subscription service through an online store, make sure that the Automatically check if protected files need to be refreshed check box is selected. When it is, the Player will periodically scan your library for purchased files and for subscription service files that are missing media usage rights, files that have expired rights, or files that have rights that are about to expire. The Player will then try to download the rights from the Internet. This helps improve the playback, burn, and sync experiences with purchased and subscription files.
For more information about the Player Library, see Change how you display items in the Windows Media Player Library. For more information about the Player Library, see Getting started with Windows Media Player.