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  1. #1
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    Dec 2018

    Squeezelite/picoreplayer Support for M4a/ALAC

    Hi all,

    I'm running LMS on a W10 PC and Picoreplayer on a 3b Pi. Most of my files are ALAC 16/44 to 24/192.

    According to the file properties displayed in the iPeng remote, by default Picoreplayer utilises a transcoded FLAC stream at a constant 705kbps from LMS when playing them and not the native file, irrespective of the original bitrate. If I disable FLAC streaming for ALAC and set it to native only in file type handling in LMS advanced settings, iPeng reports an 'unable to play this file' error.

    This seems to suggest that Squeezelite/Picoreplayer does not support ALAC natively.

    Do I stop fiddling with this, or is there a way to get squeezelite/picoreplayer to play ALAC natively?


  2. #2
    Senior Member Greg Erskine's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Sydney, Australia
    hi foxwelljsly,

    On the [Main Page] > [Install]. Third button down.

    Look at the more> help.

    Install FFMpeg libraries for Squeezelite   less> 
    This will download and install FFMpeg Libraries from the pCP repository.
    Internet access is required.
    The 7MB FFMpeg library adds playback of ALAC and WMA.
    Note that this loads additional files that increase the size of piCorePlayer by 20%. That's why we don't install it by default.


  3. #3
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2018
    Cheers Greg. That's fixed that. Much appreciated.

  4. #4
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2021
    Thanks Greg,

    I had the same problem with m4a files.

    I have the LMS server & Squeezelite running on a Raspberry Pi 3, a Squeezebox Radio and a PC with Squeezeliter-X Player.
    The Radio and PC played m4a files no problem, but not Squeezelite running on the same Pi as the Squeezebox Server, so I knew it must be the player software.

    I just struggled a bit with the instructions, so for my setup I did...

    - piCorePlayer "Main Page",
    - in the Main poCorePlayer functions section...
    - Press "Full Update" button.
    After the update, m4a files play perfectly.

    I love this Squeezebox system, and the PiCorePlayer project is a great idea on the Pi.

    piCorePlayer v7.0.0 | www v00011 | linux 5.4.83-pcpCore-v7 | piCore v12.0pCP | Squeezelite v1.9.9-1386-pCP

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