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dean
2005-09-02, 21:35
A couple of things to note about WMA support:

DRM protected WMA files aren't supported.

WMA Lossless files aren't supported either, and in tonight's release
the previously-working support for WMA Lossless transcoding will be
broken. This is expected to be fixed once we can distinguish the
lossless files and re-enable transcoding.


On Sep 2, 2005, at 4:07 PM, Vidur Apparao wrote:

>
> Firmware 19 (available with the next SlimServer nightly build)
> contains support for native decoding of WMA files on Squeezebox2
> hardware. Playback of WMA files is now possible on all platforms
> (not just Windows) without server-side transcoding. This build does
> not yet contain support for WMA radio streams using the mms: protocol.
>
> Please give this firmware version a try when you get a chance. If
> you have WMA files, run through them and report any playback
> issues. There were many firmware changes made to accomodate the WMA
> decoder, so please test playback of other formats as well.
>
> Enjoy!
> --Vidur
>

hakan
2005-09-06, 04:18
> A couple of things to note about WMA support:
>
> DRM protected WMA files aren't supported.
>
> WMA Lossless files aren't supported either, and in tonight's release
> the previously-working support for WMA Lossless transcoding will be
> broken. This is expected to be fixed once we can distinguish the
> lossless files and re-enable transcoding.

Is this for Squeezebox 2 only or will this be backported to SQB 1? I'm
about to order a SQB 2, but I already have two SQB 1 in my house...

Not that I own any WMA tracks yet, but most of the online music shops
selling 80'ies german music only carry WMAs. Then again, I could always
buy used CDs on Ebay and rip to FLAC ;-)


Regards,
Hakan



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vidurapparao
2005-09-06, 07:19
Hakan Tandogan wrote:

>>A couple of things to note about WMA support:
>>
>>DRM protected WMA files aren't supported.
>>
>>WMA Lossless files aren't supported either, and in tonight's release
>>the previously-working support for WMA Lossless transcoding will be
>>broken. This is expected to be fixed once we can distinguish the
>>lossless files and re-enable transcoding.
>>
>>
>
>Is this for Squeezebox 2 only or will this be backported to SQB 1? I'm
>about to order a SQB 2, but I already have two SQB 1 in my house...
>
>
This is for Squeezebox2 only.

--Vidur

radish
2005-09-06, 07:30
Hakan Tandogan wrote:

>>A couple of things to note about WMA support:
>>
>>DRM protected WMA files aren't supported.
>>
>>WMA Lossless files aren't supported either, and in tonight's release
>>the previously-working support for WMA Lossless transcoding will be
>>broken. This is expected to be fixed once we can distinguish the
>>lossless files and re-enable transcoding.
>>
>>
>
>Is this for Squeezebox 2 only or will this be backported to SQB 1? I'm
>about to order a SQB 2, but I already have two SQB 1 in my house...
>
>
This is for Squeezebox2 only.

--Vidur

And those WMAs from an online store are almost certainly DRM-crippled, so they wouldn't be playable anyway.

gingerneil
2005-09-07, 07:11
any thoughts on when mms support may appear ?

vidurapparao
2005-09-08, 08:43
gingerneil wrote:

>any thoughts on when mms support may appear ?
>
>
Current svn and the next nightly contain firmware 20 (and some server
changes) to support Windows Media streaming. You can now play mms: URLs
on all platforms, though this version actually uses HTTP (with some
additions) to make the connection. Many, but possibly not all, WMA radio
stations support streaming via HTTP - we'd like to figure out
empirically which ones truly require MMS. I'm also aware of problems
with some pre-recorded streamed WMA content (e.g. the Fresh Air streams
on npr.org), which will be fixed in the next few days.

If you currently listen to any mms: streams, please try them out with
the new version and let me know if you hit any problems.

--Vidur

shvejk
2005-09-08, 16:38
I have converted few of my music files to 128kbps WMA for testing and they all play fine with FW 19

Of course, the real excitement is the mms streaming support. Will update to FW 20 tomorrow and give it a try over the weekend.

Thank you so much for your work! This is great!

shvejk
2005-09-09, 08:02
I am getting the "WMA Convert Error - Check File Types" error on the player screen when attepting to play the following streams:

mms://82.208.28.37/rmffm
mms://stream.polskieradio.pl/Program 3

Player FW 20.

BTW also having problems running SlimServer_v2005-09-09.exe
The error message is "Program too big to fit in memory"
The SlimServer_v2005-09-08.exe was fine.

Thanks,

gingerneil
2005-09-09, 14:10
I am getting the "WMA Convert Error - Check File Types" error on the player screen when attepting to play the following streams:

mms://wm4.abacast.com/talksport
http://212.50.185.86/talkSPORT

both play fine from local m3u playlists