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PMB
2004-01-02, 20:14
I had the same problem as Tony. I recently received a SqueezeBox. I had no
problems connecting it to my network and having it shake hands with
SlimServer 5.01 on my Mac G4 (OS 10.3.2). I also had no problems seeing all
my tunes and playlists in iTunes 4.2 on my SqueezeBox. However, when I go
to play a tune, SqueezeBox appears to be getting ready to play it but after
about a minute it ends up in "stopped mode" (without playing anything).
I've tried changing and then changing back the directory location for my
music files in iTunes preferences as the SlimDevices FAQ suggests in the
troubleshooting area on its web page (regarding the closest problem to mine)
but I have had no success. If I try playing all tunes in a playlist
SqueezeBox appears to randomly scan through (not play) all titles in the
playlist.

I tried emailing SlimDevices support but my email got bounced because the
email address given by SlimDevices for support was seen as a nonexistent
mail server
(The original message was received at Fri, 2 Jan 2004 21:29:31 -0500
from pcp904700pcs.cnorth01.va.comcast.net [68.57.53.27]

----- The following addresses had permanent fatal errors -----
<support (AT) slimdevices (DOT) co>
(reason: 550 Host unknown)

All my tunes are AAC. Regarding AAC, I was also dismayed at reading the
instruction manual for the SqueezeBox indicating that AAC tunes may be
played back with deteriorated sound and MP3 should be used. I need to get my
problems corrected or I'll have to return it. Any suggestions for a fix out
there?

Craig Brannan
2004-01-02, 21:05
I have a slimp3 and not a Squeeze - so I can only offer some
ideas/comments.

I've been running the 5.03 server from a dual 450 G4 10.3.2 to my slim
with none of the problems you have (sorry :-). Are you connecting
across a wireless network - or a wired connection? If wireless, have
you tried connecting through the wired port to see if things improve?

The FAQ on AAC in the slimserver software describes using lame to
transcode from AAC to uncompressed pcm. This will not degrade the sound
quality in any way (from what's been encoded in the AAC). It does mean
there's more traffic going accross the network to your squeeze - but
the full audio quality of the AAC will be there. I think you're
probably referring to the last sentence in the FAQ where it says MP3 is
recommended for best performance, quality, and compatibility. I can't
speak for the FAQ author - but i would think that's an indication of
the fact that MP3 is more compatible etc. since it can be decoded
natively on the squeeze without any additional server transcoding etc.
I certainly wouldn't read it to mean that your AAC's will sound worse
than MP3. There's just a few more steps in the process.

Also - you might want to try support (AT) slimdevices (DOT) com rather than
support (AT) slimdevices (DOT) co

cheers,

Craig



On Jan 2, 2004, at 10:14 PM, PMB wrote:

> I had the same problem as Tony. I recently received a SqueezeBox. I
> had no problems connecting it to my network and having it shake hands
> with SlimServer 5.01 on my Mac G4 (OS 10.3.2). I also had no problems
> seeing all my tunes and playlists in iTunes 4.2 on my SqueezeBox.
> However, when I go to play a tune, SqueezeBox appears to be getting
> ready to play it but after about a minute it ends up in "stopped
> mode" (without playing anything). I've tried changing and then
> changing back the directory location for my music files in iTunes
> preferences as the SlimDevices FAQ suggests in the troubleshooting
> area on its web page (regarding the closest problem to mine) but I
> have had no success. If I try playing all tunes in a playlist
> SqueezeBox appears to randomly scan through (not play) all titles in
> the playlist.
>
> I tried emailing SlimDevices support but my email got bounced because
> the email address given by SlimDevices for support was seen as a
> nonexistent mail server
> (The original message was received at Fri, 2 Jan 2004 21:29:31 -0500
> from pcp904700pcs.cnorth01.va.comcast.net [68.57.53.27]
>
> ----- The following addresses had permanent fatal errors -----
> <support (AT) slimdevices (DOT) co>
> (reason: 550 Host unknown)
>
> All my tunes are AAC. Regarding AAC, I was also dismayed at reading
> the instruction manual for the SqueezeBox indicating that AAC tunes
> may be played back with deteriorated sound and MP3 should be used. I
> need to get my problems corrected or I'll have to return it. Any
> suggestions for a fix out there?
>