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Michael Bowyer
2004-01-08, 23:58
Tony,
I re-ripped my entire collection to MP3 @256 for this very reason! Transcoding AAC with LAME does work in OSX, but it is *very* processor intensive. Have a look by typing TOP in a terminal session. My Mac would often choke if another app did something (like check email, screen saver, etc) while I was listening to AAC.

I also have to agree with Craig - version 4.2.6 is still the best release for the Slimp3. Where is version 5.1, with working internet radio??? Please......

Mike.



On Friday, January 09, 2004, at 05:31AM, Craig Brannan <craig (AT) brannan (DOT) com> wrote:

>Tony,
>
>What other formats have you had success with? - I presume MP3, but are
>there others that have required transcoding that have also been OK?
>
>A few days back I posted some info that (to me) indicated that Lame
>transcoding in general didn't work very well with SlimServer 5.03x on
>OSX. Lame and SlimServer running at the same time (doing seperate
>tasks) was fine - but link the two together to transcode a stream, and
>SlimServer just chokes. This was on a dual 450 G4 with 768MB ram.
>
>No one posted any response either confirming or contradicting what I
>had found - so maybe there's just not that many people with OSX hanging
>'round the list these days.
>
>Anyway - here's a suggestion (not optimal I know). Since you've already
>got Lame installed on your Mac - use it to do an overnight batch
>conversion (maybe multiple overnight batches) of your AAC Files into
>High Quality MP3 and use the MP3 library until SlimServer 5.1 or
>whatever is released that fixes the problem.
>
>Truth is... if you were to send back the squeeze - what other player
>could you replace it with that would be any better with AAC files?
>
>Craig.
>
>PS - I went back to server 4.2.6 to run my Slimp3 since the 5 version
>still seems to be - er... not as good in general. I'm waiting for 5.1
>as well.
>Come to think of it, I'm not sure that 4.2.6 would be any better with
>AAC - have to check into that.
>
>
>
>On Jan 8, 2004, at 10:24 PM, Tony Lopez wrote:
>
>> Sorry to post this again, but I've been less than happy/successful
>> with the
>> Slimdevices official support. I'm still having the same problem. Here
>> is a
>> recap:
>
>> -Dropouts every 10 seconds on AAC files
>> -Squeezebox
>> -All file formats work besides AAC
>> -I've tried the latest nightly builds
>> -OSX 10.3.2 g3 500mgz 512mb ram
>>
>> -occurs on wireless and ethernet connections
>> -Problem started occurring when I upgraded to 10.3.2
>>
>> I'm considering returning the Squeezebox because it's basically
>> useless as
>> my whole collection is in AAC but I'd really like to address this just
>> get
>> it fixed.
>>
>> Any suggestions?
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
>> [mailto:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com] On Behalf Of Tony Lopez
>> Sent: Sunday, January 04, 2004 2:50 PM
>> To: 'Slim Devices Discussion'
>> Subject: [slim] AAC dropout issues on OSX server with
>> Squeezebox
>>
>> Yes, with 5.0.3. I should also mention that I tried rolling back to OS
>> X
>> 10.3 on a different partition and the bug is still occurring.
>>
>> One thing that I did do right after I installed this new system is
>> update
>> iTunes to 4.2. In hindsight it might have been best if I simply left
>> that
>> system in its initial all 10.3 state.
>>
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
>> [mailto:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com] On Behalf Of dean
>> blackketter
>> Sent: Saturday, January 03, 2004 10:18 PM
>> To: Slim Devices Discussion
>> Subject: [slim] AAC dropout issues on OSX server with
>> Squeezebox
>>
>> Tony,
>>
>> Is this with the latest nightly 5.0.3 release?
>>
>> -dean
>>
>> On Jan 3, 2004, at 2:39 PM, Tony Lopez wrote:
>>
>>> This seems like a bonafied bug. Can we get someone from Slim to
>>> comment on the ETA for a fix? I?m debating whether I should go through
>>> the hassle of rolling back to an older version of OS X.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Also, I?ve replicated the problem on both wireless and wired setups.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Thanks.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
>>> [mailto:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com]On Behalf OfPeter
>>> Sent:Saturday, January 03, 2004 10:03 AM
>>> To:discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
>>> Subject:[slim] AAC dropout issues on OSX server with Squeezebox
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> I've had this problem since I moved from a G4 (OS 10.2.7) to a G5 (OS
>>> 10.3.2). AAC files either wouldn't play at all or they would start and
>>> drop. SqueezeBox is being used wireless. Signal strength is about 80%
>>> at that location according to my iBook. Re-ripped all my files to mp3
>>> (kept the AAC versions as well for eventual use) and all is fine.
>>>
>>> Peter Lindman
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> on 1/3/04 10:20 AM, discuss-request (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com at
>>> discuss-request (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com wrote:
>>>
>>> AAC dropout issues on OSX server with Squeezebox
>>>
>>> I recently started encountering dropouts on every AAC file that I
>>> listen to via my squeezebox. It happens a few seconds into the song,
>>> and then after about 5-10 seconds it picks up again. The squeezebox
>>> quits sending a signal to my pre-amp during the outage. I was looking
>>> at the activity monitor and cpu usage seems to be pegging during the
>>> AAC playback.
>>> This is not happening on mp3s or on streaming radio formats.
>>> Most of my music is encoded into AAC�s so this basically has rendered
>>> my Squeezebox unusable.
>>>
>>> Details on my setup?
>>> OSX: 10.3
>>> 500mhz g3, 512mb ram
>>> Slimserver software: 5.0.1
>>> Itunes Lame encoder: 2.0.5
>>> Please help, thanks.
>>> /t
>>>