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    Squeezebox radio unable to read aac format since last upgrade

    Hello,

    I own a Squeezebox radio since a little bit more than two years. Until recently I was very happy with it, since it enables me to listen to radio broadcasts in my mother language (I am a French speaker living in Austria), and could also listen to my personal music that is stored on a remote Synology NAS running Logitech Media Server.

    However, after a recent update (forced by the system), my device no longer reads most of my music. I found that this issue is caused by the compression format. Most of my files are encoded in AAC format (.m4a extension file) and can no longer be read, although my device used to read perfectly before the upgrade. The files encoded in MP3 format are read correctly.

    What shall I do to have my device read my music as before, without having to re-encode all my music.

    Thanks in advance for your help !

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    Squeezebox radio unable to read aac formatsince last upgrade

    What's the "last upgrade"? Firmware? Software? What version?

    > remote Synology NAS running Logitech Media Server.


    Are you running the Synology provided version? Then you should get in
    touch with them.

    > However, after a recent update (forced by the system)


    What system?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mherger View Post
    What's the "last upgrade"? Firmware? Software? What version?
    What system?
    The upgrade was on the squeezebox radio side. I had no other option than accepting a software (firmware?) update. I was quite puzzled because I do not remember that this had ever happened before. The device now says to be the 7th hardware version and to use the firmware version 7.7.3 r 16676, though I do not know what version was run before.

    Quote Originally Posted by mherger View Post
    Are you running the Synology provided version? Then you should get in touch with them.
    Right, I also had a look on the server side. My Synology NAS runs Logitech Media Server 7.7.3-023. Since I did not change anything on this side, I assume my problem was caused by the software update of the Squeezebox Radio.

    But this suggestion is interesting, I had a look at the log of Logitech Media Server and found the following message:

    [14-11-16 08:41:04.0223] Slim::Player::Squeezebox2::statHandler (147) Error: xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx: Decoder does not support file format, code 0
    where xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx is the mac address of my Squeezebox radio.

    I thus googled and was lucky to find a French web board where such a problem was discussed, and suggested to solve it on the server side.

    Finally, I changed a single setting on the server side : in the "advanced" settings ("Avancé" in French), I chose the "files type" ("Types de fichiers") option and changed the setting at the line MPEG-4 - AAC from "Native" ("Natif") to "Unactivated" ("Désactivé").

    This solved my problem : my AAC-encoded music now plays on the Squeezebox radio. However, I am almost sure this now makes the Logitech Media Server re-encode the files "on the fly" when music is streamed to the Squeezebox Radio, whereas it was previously directly decoded by the Squeezebox Radio.

    It thus seems that the Squeezebox Radio is no longer able to directly play AAC files, whereas it was able to do so before the firmware update.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyl20 View Post
    ..... firmware version 7.7.3 r ......

    It thus seems that the Squeezebox Radio is no longer able to directly play AAC files, whereas it was able to do so before the firmware update.
    My SB Radio running the same FW version plays AAC files fine, from both my LMS and stations online. Can your Radio play AAC stations?

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    Squeezebox radio unable to read aac formatsince last upgrade

    > The upgrade was on the squeezebox radio side. I had no other option than
    > accepting a software (firmware?) update. I was quite puzzled because I
    > do not remember that this had ever happened before. The device now says
    > to be the 7th hardware version and to use the firmware version 7.7.3 r
    > 16676, though I do not know what version was run before.


    That should be fine. Could you please give us a sample URL of a station
    which doesn't work for you any longer?

    > Finally, I changed a single setting on the server side : in the
    > "advanced" settings ("Avancé" in French), I chose the "files type"
    > ("Types de fichiers") option and changed the setting at the line MPEG-4
    > - AAC from "Native" ("Natif") to "Unactivated" ("Désactivé").


    I would still be interested to know what might be causing this issue.
    You shouldn't need to do anything to make aac work.

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    Squeezebox LMS on Synology Streaming MP3 on Pandora, not AAC

    I am having the original poster's problem. I saw your reply to the OP Michael, and I followed your steps (Changed the LMS Settings Advanced/File Types/MPEG4-AAC to turn AAC to Disable. Then I stopped and started the service on my Synology NAS. Still I'm streaming 128 MP3 and not 128 AAC on Pandora.

    Any ideas? Thanks Mark

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    Squeezebox radio unable to read aac formatsince last upgrade

    > I am having the original poster's problem. I saw your reply to the OP
    > Michael, and I followed your steps (Changed the LMS Settings
    > Advanced/File Types/MPEG4-AAC to turn AAC to Disable. Then I stopped
    > and started the service on my Synology NAS. Still I'm streaming 128 MP3
    > and not 128 AAC on Pandora.


    From what I understand you have a totally different issue as the OP,
    and I haven't given any advice which could be followed :-).

    So you want Pandora to stream AAC rather than MP3. Unfortunately that's
    not an option at this time. MP3 is all we have to offer.

    And don't forget to reset your file type settings, or you won't get any
    AAC any more at all. How did you expect Pandora to use a file format you
    _disable_ anyway?

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