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Jason Holtzapple
2004-01-09, 11:33
--- Tony Lopez <tlopez (AT) macromedia (DOT) com> wrote:
> Ripping my collection took me about 2 months of tedious nights. I have about
> 1300 albums in my collection so it's really not something that I can fathom
> at this point.
>
> Dean et. al.,
> Are you guys working on resolving this issue? If not, isn't it misleading to
> say that you support AAC?

What is the file extension on your aac files? .mov, .m4a or something else?
There was some talk about transcoding on this topic. If you have a
Squeezebox it shouldn't be transcoding to anything, simply decoding
to raw and sending to the server. Any modern machine should be able
to handle that.

I'm wondering if you're somehow going aac->mp3 instead of raw,
which might cause stutters on a slow machine or a machine in
heavy use.

--Jason

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Jean-=?ISO-8859-1?Q?St=E9fane=20Bergeron?=
2004-01-09, 11:45
--- Tony Lopez <tlopez (AT) macromedia (DOT) com> wrote:

> Dean et. al.,
> Are you guys working on resolving this issue? If not, isn't it misleading to
> say that you support AAC?
>
Tony,

If I may, I would like to just give you the view from a very satisfied
Slim user.

Sean and Dean have worked tirelessly to make sure the product they sell
does exactly what it is supposed to do and they state. In addition, the
community on the "developer" side has been amazingly supportive.

So I think I can say with assurance that if it doesn't work for you now,
they will work on it until it does ! And by work on it, Sean, Dean, the
Slim team and its community will go beyond what would normally be
expected from a company support team. (Just see how many posts to
problems Dean and Sean made over weekends, late evenings, not to mention
over the Christmas holidays ...).

BUT, as a small company trying to do all this while launching a brand new
product (and the brand new problems that go along with it) and while they
are taking part in MacWorld, we should understand that they the last
couple of weeks have been very taxing on them.

I don't mean to be standing on a soap box, but I thought I would give you
a different point of view. I have had my Slim for 6 months or so, have
had a couple of hick ups and have read a gizillion posts in the users and
developers forums, and I don't know of a product that is getting that
level of service, PERIOD.

Hang in there ! It is well worth it.

Cheers.

Craig Brannan
2004-01-09, 12:36
On Jan 9, 2004, at 1:33 PM, Jason Holtzapple wrote:

>
> What is the file extension on your aac files? .mov, .m4a or something
> else?
> There was some talk about transcoding on this topic. If you have a
> Squeezebox it shouldn't be transcoding to anything, simply decoding
> to raw and sending to the server. Any modern machine should be able
> to handle that.


Jason's right - I had been saying transcoding to describe any process
where lame gets added to the data-path to transform the format in some
way... I suppose it's more correctly called decoding when the output is
raw. Sorry.

Anyway - Here's some potentially good news for Tony.

I just installed the Jan 8 build and re-did some of the testing that
had shown problems like tony and others had reported.

Well - with the Jan 8 build - I don't have any of those problems. Since
there's no indication that any changes were made in the code to fix
this - maybe the trick is that I had deleted every single slim file
from my hard disk and did a complete fresh install of the new version.

Maybe its voodoo - or just blind luck, but x-coding with lame is now
working for me (in my case it is truly "transcoding"- since i'm on a
slim).

So the following might be worth trying if you're still frustrated by
these problems.

Here's what I did:

1 - search my local HD for any file (visible or invisible) containing
"slim" - you'll get a list showing prefs files, errorlogs, startup
items etc. installed all over the /Library/... folders.

2 - delete all these files - some will require admin password to trash.
Obviously you can leave anything not related to SlimServer that might
also be in the list - Like all your "Slim Whitman" MP3's.

3 - get the Jan 8 DMG file from the slimdevices website ( I chose jan 8
'cause there wasn't a DMG for Jan 9).

4 - Install it and try your luck.

Craig.