PDA

View Full Version : SB3 wont play tunes ripped from Itunes collection



rick's cafe
2006-01-11, 07:45
Wondering if anyone hs any thoughts on this...

I have collected a number of tunes which were stored on an aopple PC and used in itunes (pre itunes version 1.6) I have been able to play these in winamp prior to getting my SB3... but now with my SB3 they will not play at all.. the track info is recognized byut will simply not play.

the file formats are noted as either .m4a or winamp media files.. I have tried to run the Jhymn conversion software on the basis that there was some form of DRM on the files.. but there was nothing to convert....

any ideas on why these files will not play.. since they play in winamp and do not appeear to be protected by apple... any ideas appreciated

Craig, James (IT)
2006-01-11, 07:55
The squeezebox can't play aac directly, so do you have quicktime
installed to convert them into wavs?
You will also need the lame binaries to convert back to mp3 if you have
bitrate limiting enabled.

If not, you should be able to find the details in the wiki or faq...

James
--------------------------------------------------------

NOTICE: If received in error, please destroy and notify sender. Sender does not waive confidentiality or privilege, and use is prohibited.

rick's cafe
2006-01-11, 08:27
i dont think i have quick time installed... but to clarify.. once installed will the SBŁ play the files or do i still need to convert them all to mp3 in order for sb3 to paly them

rick's cafe
2006-01-11, 08:29
sorry about mix up between wav and mp3.. question still remains on whether i need to physically do any converting... as for the bit rate limited .. i am pretty sure that i do not have that turned on

Craig, James (IT)
2006-01-11, 08:32
SlimServer will handle the conversions for you once the required
software is installed.
(you won't be able to fast-forward or rewind though)

James
--------------------------------------------------------

NOTICE: If received in error, please destroy and notify sender. Sender does not waive confidentiality or privilege, and use is prohibited.

rick's cafe
2006-01-11, 08:50
Better than nuthin!!.. thanks for the help...

However out of interest /// what is the reason why you cant fast forward?

also .. this may be silly question.. but I hear a lot of talk about FLAC file.. I know their quality is better but is there any idiots guide to FLAC and can you convert lower grade files such as mp3 into FLAC?

kdf
2006-01-11, 09:35
On 11-Jan-06, at 7:50 AM, rick's cafe wrote:

>
> Better than nuthin!!.. thanks for the help...
>
> However out of interest /// what is the reason why you cant fast
> forward?
>
when files are transcoded by the server, it is done by launching
another process to convert the file and the server simply plays back
the output stream. This leaves the server with no way to time shift
through that live stream (think of it as similar to radio at this
point). Native formats work via direct file access, so the server can
arbitrarily skip through the file. In theory, transcoded files could
have this ability in the future, but the solution is non-trivial.
-kdf

Mark Lanctot
2006-01-11, 09:53
FLAC has a standard command-line encoder just like
LAME. There are also GUI front-ends and it's
controllable from certain rippers, also like LAME.

Unlike LAME, there aren't as many command line
options, or at least none that dramatically affect
the sound. Essentially all you need to control is
the level of compression. Note this is
mathematical computer-file compression, not audio
compression.

All I use is:

-8 -V --replay-gain -T "artist=%a" -T "title=%t"
-T "album=%g" -T "genre=%m" %s

which uses compression level 8 (highest), verifies
the output, adds ReplayGain (in one step!) and
places my tags.

Tagging is also much easier. No
ID3v1/ID3v2/ID3v2.3 stuff to deal with.

You can convert lower-grade files into FLAC quite
easily. However you won't gain any sound quality
(garbage in = garbage out) and you'll get a much
bigger file.

FLAC is best done by a ripper from WAV files.

What ripper do you use? Calling the FLAC encoder
from a ripper is the easiest way.

rick's cafe wrote:
>
> also .. this may be silly question.. but I hear a
lot of talk about
> FLAC file.. I know their quality is better but is
there any idiots
> guide to FLAC and can you convert lower grade files
such as mp3 into
> FLAC?
>
>

--
___________________________________


Mark Lanctot
___________________________________

rick's cafe
2006-01-11, 11:00
thanks for the reply Mark... I have not been ripping a lot of my tunes yet (as i have a brother in law who has donated tonnes of files to me, which have kept me well busy)... but I do intend to rip many of nmy cd's to my collection.. so at present I am open to all suggestions for the best (and easiest) ripper for me to use.. up until now I have used the ripper in winamp to convert files...

Mark Lanctot
2006-01-11, 11:44
The easiest ripper in my opinion is dBpowerAMP.
However, its MP3 encoder is on a 30-day license,
so it's not free.

But once you rip in FLAC you can convert to MP3
using lots of other free programs - foobar2000,
for example.

EAC is by far the most powerful ripper, but it
isn't exactly user-friendly at first. However, if
you follow the guides at:

http://users.pandora.be/satcp/eac-qs-en.htm

and

http://users.pandora.be/satcp/eac00.htm

all it will take is a little time.

I believe winamp can be configured to rip into
LAME MP3 and FLAC. It will not be as robust or as
accurate as EAC though, but if you're used to
using it, it may be worth a try.

rick's cafe wrote:
> thanks for the reply Mark... I have not been ripping
a lot of my tunes
> yet (as i have a brother in law who has donated
tonnes of files to me,
> which have kept me well busy)... but I do intend to
rip many of nmy
> cd's to my collection.. so at present I am open to
all suggestions for
> the best (and easiest) ripper for me to use.. up
until now I have used
> the ripper in winamp to convert files...
>
>

--
___________________________________


Mark Lanctot
___________________________________

rick's cafe
2006-01-12, 04:51
thanks for the info Mark... very helpful