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Ted
2004-08-06, 09:42
The FAQ says that AAC files are supported via the SlimServer software rather
than being decoded on the Squeezebox itself (like MP3 is or WAV or AIFF). But
what about WMA? I see a long detailed section on the FAQ about using LAME to
convert iTunes (non protected)AAC for the SB, but what about WMA? Is WMA
directly supported in SB, or does that require LAME, too? What about WMA Pro
(the lossless format)?

I used to have a SliMP3, am getting the new SB today and I am in the process of
deciding what format to re-rip all my music to for optimal quality (lossless)
and size (lossless compression of some kind). But the key here is I then want
the "archival" music on my hard drive to be of a format that I can use Windows
Media to encode for my iRiver MP3/WMA player.

Thanks in advance, I didn't see the first part answered in the FAQ - at least
that I saw

Mike Kozlowski
2004-08-06, 13:13
On Fri, 6 Aug 2004, Ted wrote:

> The FAQ says that AAC files are supported via the SlimServer software
> rather than being decoded on the Squeezebox itself (like MP3 is or WAV
> or AIFF). But what about WMA?

Same thing. You can decode to WAV (which requires no extra software) or
re-encode as MP3 (which requires LAME). Lossless is supported just fine
for decoding; I've been using my Squeezebox with a 200 CD WMA Lossless
library, and it works great.

> I used to have a SliMP3, am getting the new SB today and I am in the
> process of deciding what format to re-rip all my music to for optimal
> quality (lossless) and size (lossless compression of some kind). But
> the key here is I then want the "archival" music on my hard drive to be
> of a format that I can use Windows Media to encode for my iRiver MP3/WMA
> player.

Note that no portable players support WMA Lossless, but Windows Media
Player will transcode WMA Lossless to lower bit-rate WMA for use with
portables. I'm very much in favor of WMA Lossless if you're primarily
running on Windows -- it's open enough for most purposes (documented,
SDKs, etc.), easily converted to FLAC or Apple Lossless if you decide to
change ecosystems, and well-supported by the platform. If you're
primarily on Unix, though, FLAC is definitely the way to go.

--
Mike Kozlowski
http://www.klio.org/mlk/