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wakey
2007-08-28, 17:09
I have songs in iTunes in AAC format that the SlimServer can't seem to find. They started as songs I bought from iTunes, so they're in my iTunes Library as Protected AAC files; but I've burned them to a CD and re-ripped them, so they're also in my Library as regular AAC audio files. I can see them if I go into the SlimServer Web access and browse my Music Folder, and once I find them I can play them through the Squeezebox from my computer (Mac, OS X 10.4). But no matter what I do, I can't get SS to add them to its list of songs so I can play them from the Squeezebox itself.

I thought the fact that they were duplicates might be the problem, so I changed the album name on the regular AAC files, but that didn't help. I've cleared the entire library and rescanned, but still no dice. Any suggestions? Like I said, if I browse my Music Folder I can find them and play them--any way to force SS to add them directly?

wakey
2007-08-28, 17:16
Oh, and while I'm here: while I was searching for some clues, I found this page about playing AAC files:

http://slimdevices.com/su_faq.html#troubleshooting-aacwireless

It says "in Player Settings for your Squeezebox, set a Bitrate Limit of 320." I can't find the place to set that--where is the Bitrate setting?

Eric Seaberg
2007-08-28, 18:01
Oh, and while I'm here: while I was searching for some clues, I found this page about playing AAC files:

http://slimdevices.com/su_faq.html#troubleshooting-aacwireless

It says "in Player Settings for your Squeezebox, set a Bitrate Limit of 320." I can't find the place to set that--where is the Bitrate setting?

Open your server with your browser of choice, select the PLAYER you want to setup and click on "player setting for [your player name]" in the left window... this is assuming you're using the DEFAULT interface.

Once there, click on the PULL DOWN MENU (left side) and pull down to AUDIO. At the bottom of that page you'll see BITRATE LIMITING as well as LAME QUALITY LEVEL just above it. If LAME is correctly installed on your system, you'll be able to do this. LAME is the MP3 encoding algorithm used by Slim Server. It yields higher quality than other MP3 encoding schemes.

About your first post, are you SURE the original protected AACs aren't on your drive? Did you do a COMPLETE RE-SCAN of your files? This is on the bottom of the first page of your SERVER SETTINGS using the browser.

g'luck

alZmtbr
2007-08-28, 18:01
Don't worry about the bit-rate limiting... unless you are trying to stream across the Internet.

I do have a Q's tho - within iTunes, do both songs show up? Or just the protected ones? And do you have 'use iTunes' checked within SlimServer? Also check that the iTunes XML file is being updated and that is the one that SlimServer uses.

What I'm getting at is: If they are not in the iTunes library - they won't show up within SS.

amcluesent
2007-08-28, 22:37
>any way to force SS to add them directly?<

Did you retag the ACC file when you ripped from the CD you burnt? I'd use mp3tag (it's free) to check the tags in the files rather than rely on itunes. And are you sure the non-DRMed files are under the directory when slimserver begins it's scan?

wakey
2007-08-29, 07:41
I stumbled on the answer last night--the answer which had eluded all my previous searches of the resources here, just waiting for me to ask for help publicly. It turns out that SlimServer ignores songs that are unchecked in iTunes. I leave the re-ripped versions unchecked so only one copy winds up on my iPod--I hadn't realized SS would pay attention to that.

BUT at the same time, finding that one song and playing it does seem to have enabled SS to find the album. I did a rescan last night, and now I can see all the songs from the Squeezebox--even though they're all still unchecked.

So thanks everyone for the suggestions. I'm glad I apparently don't need them, because I have no idea what it means to retag the files. The other thing:


Don't worry about the bit-rate limiting... unless you are trying to stream across the Internet.

That page says it's worth doing if both your computer and your Squeezebox are connected to your network wirelessly, which mine are. I do often get pauses when I'm playing AAC files, so I think I'll try the bitrate thing--I downloaded the LAME plugin yesterday.

Thanks again.

moley6knipe
2007-08-29, 08:21
There's a setting somewhere in SS to specify whether unchecked songs in iTunes should be ignored or not, I'm sure. Can't remember where though as I'm not at my home PC!