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    Scan non standard file extensions into music library

    Hi,

    I have an issue with iTunes, nothing to do with LMS etc that requires a work around. The work around involves changing the file extension of some ALAC files to m4v rather than m4a. The file contents are very normal ALAC files, just with different file extensions. The same files are used in my LMS library. Is there any way to make LMS 'see' the files and scan them into the library?

    Thanks

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    Scan non standard file extensions into music library

    m4v unfortunately is not just another extension, but one we specifically
    exclude from the scan.

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    Michael

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    Thanks for the reply.

    So I'm assuming there's no way for a user to customise the list of included and excluded file extensions? If not, it's not something thats likely to be implemented any time soon?

    Thanks again

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    Why don’t you just use dbPoweramp or similar to convert them to m4a?
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    Files are already ALAC m4a files, just with the extension changed to m4v. I just would like LMS to recognise them because iTunes handles them better with the m4v extension.

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    You say "some files", are we talking tens of files in a handful directories or tens of thousands files spread all over the place?
    Not sure if it solves the issue, and depending on the situation it may for a number of reasons not be manageable, but perhaps building a set of symbolic links with the desired extension in a separate directory could solve this. LMS scans a directory with one extension, iTunes sees another but it's the same file.
    To me, it seems better to never rename the files and let iTunes work with a bunch of symlinks, but if that doesn't work, try the other way around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pssturges View Post
    Files are already ALAC m4a files, just with the extension changed to m4v. I just would like LMS to recognise them because iTunes handles them better with the m4v extension.
    What he means is that you could reconvert them m4a to m4a and see if the original issue goes away .using a tool that’s not iTunes , he suggested dbpoweramp

    Would not solving the real problem be a better idea instead of naming music files with a video format file type m4v is a video container . Seems a strange workaround . A true ALaC music file should have m4a ? Something is wrong with those files ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mnyb View Post
    What he means is that you could reconvert them m4a to m4a and see if the original issue goes away .using a tool that’s not iTunes , he suggested dbpoweramp

    Would not solving the real problem be a better idea instead of naming music files with a video format file type m4v is a video container . Seems a strange workaround . A true ALaC music file should have m4a ? Something is wrong with those files ?
    Oh yes I get it. I really do, but iTunes..... I guess I should explain the issue. The files in question are 24bit files with sample rates above 96kHz. Of which I have about a thousand in my library. The problem isn't so much iTunes itself but syncing to my iPhone. Files with a sample rate 96khz or below sync and play on the iPhone. Those above, do not... unless they have the m4v extension. They sync and play fine. As I said, iTunes....Now I'm not really that fussed about super hires music on my phone, but I don't want to maintain multiple libraries for different purposes. I've been there and it's a pain in the but. So that's how we get to where we are now.

    I'm seriously thinking about the simlink solution mentioned above. Just need to think about how that might affect a few other things.

    Thanks everyone for your suggestions so far. Much appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pssturges View Post
    Oh yes I get it. I really do, but iTunes..... I guess I should explain the issue. The files in question are 24bit files with sample rates above 96kHz. Of which I have about a thousand in my library. The problem isn't so much iTunes itself but syncing to my iPhone. Files with a sample rate 96khz or below sync and play on the iPhone. Those above, do not... unless they have the m4v extension. They sync and play fine. As I said, iTunes....Now I'm not really that fussed about super hires music on my phone, but I don't want to maintain multiple libraries for different purposes. I've been there and it's a pain in the but. So that's how we get to where we are now.

    I'm seriously thinking about the simlink solution mentioned above. Just need to think about how that might affect a few other things.

    Thanks everyone for your suggestions so far. Much appreciated.
    Aaah iTunes and iPhone

    Some more suggestions, feel free to ignore . I have a different pow here......

    I would considering converting the files to 24/96 for daily use . Keep the originals backed up somewhere .

    24/96 is already way beyond human hearing capabilities so you won’t really loose anything.

    And in the future buy 24/96 instead of 24/192 if possible you save some .
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