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Windows Media Player does not transcode media files to a lower bit rate when they are protected by Digital Rights Management (DRM). Even if you manually set Windows Media Player to transcode files to a lower bit rate, the setting is ignored when the media is protected by DRM.
This behavior occurs to maintain the copy protection on the media file (or content). To manually set Windows Media Player to transcode files to a lower bit rate:
Article ID: 303271 - Last Review: January 10, 2015 - Revision: 4.3