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    iTunes 7 (QuickTime 7.1.3) Rips Don't Play

    Running SlimServer Version: 6.3.1 - 8476 - Debian - EN - iso-8859-1. I have been playing M4A files encoded with iTunes 6 using FAAD2.5 with great success. Installed iTunes 7 recently and any files encoded with iTunes 7 (QT 7.1.3) do not play. The log indicates "ERROR: Couldn't open song." I've checked permissions and they appear correct. The new files are picked up by the scan, but some of the tag info is missing. Artist, Album, and Track No are shown but nothing else (no genre, no duration, no artwork, etc). I'm guessing that the tags shown are not being retrieved from the file but from the "guessing" logic.

    It's interesting that all the old files I had previously encoded with iTunes 6 (QT 7.1.2) still play fine. This seems to imply that something has changed in the QT encoder. Not sure if this is a SlimServer issue or a FAAD issue.

    Anyone else having problems with rips encoded with QT 7.1.3?

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    I tried a couple of albums I ripped recently with iTunes 7 and I don't have any problem. They play just fine. I ripped them using the Windows version of iTunes and running slimserver 6.3.1 on a Windows XP PC.

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    iTunes 7 (QuickTime 7.1.3) Rips Don't Play

    These are Apple AAC files ripped on a PC using iTunes 7?

    What platform are you running SlimServer on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dean blackketter View Post
    These are Apple AAC files ripped on a PC using iTunes 7?

    What platform are you running SlimServer on?
    Apple AAC (M4A 128kbps) files encoded on OS X using iTunes 7.0 (QT 7.1.3). Slimserver 6.3.1 running under Debian Sarge (stable) on a P4 2Ghz with 768MB RAM.

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    Re: iTunes 7 (QuickTime 7.1.3) Rips Don't Play

    Ah, can you see if the file will play back from the command line with
    faad?

    On Sep 18, 2006, at 4:02 AM, bishopdonmiguel wrote:

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    > dean blackketter;137041 Wrote:
    >> These are Apple AAC files ripped on a PC using iTunes 7?
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    >> What platform are you running SlimServer on?

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    > Apple AAC (M4A 128kbps) files encoded on OS X using iTunes 7.0 (QT
    > 7.1.3). Slimserver 6.3.1 running under Debian Sarge (stable) on a P4
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    Quote Originally Posted by dean blackketter View Post
    Ah, can you see if the file will play back from the command line with
    faad?
    Bit of a nix newbie. So I would try...

    faad -w -f 2 mytrack.m4a

    at the bash command line?

    Does slimserver use FAAD during the scan to obtain the tags?

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    Re: iTunes 7 (QuickTime 7.1.3) Rips Don't Play

    On Sep 18, 2006, at 9:46 AM, bishopdonmiguel wrote:

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    > dean blackketter;137184 Wrote:
    >> Ah, can you see if the file will play back from the command line with
    >> faad?

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    > Bit of a nix newbie. So I would try...
    >
    > faad -w -f 2 mytrack.m4a

    That should work.

    > Does slimserver use FAAD during the scan to obtain the tags?

    No, it parses the AAC/Movie data directly.

    -dean

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    Quote Originally Posted by dean blackketter View Post
    > faad -w -f 2 mytrack.m4a
    That should work.
    Well, something happens. A bunch of nonsensical stuff is output to the terminal (accessing server via SSH connection). If I use "FAAD -i mytrack.m4a" it correctly reports genre and other tag data missing in slimserver.

    Quote Originally Posted by dean blackketter View Post
    No, it parses the AAC/Movie data directly.
    If that's the case, I assume something is wacky with slimserver and QT 7.1.3 encodings. Anything I can do to help track this down?

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    Re: iTunes 7 (QuickTime 7.1.3) Rips Don't Play

    On Sep 18, 2006, at 3:21 PM, bishopdonmiguel wrote:

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    > dean blackketter;137196 Wrote:
    >>> faad -w -f 2 mytrack.m4a

    >> That should work.
    >>

    > Well, something happens. A bunch of nonsensical stuff is output to
    > the
    > terminal (accessing server via SSH connection). If I use "FAAD -i
    > mytrack.m4a" it correctly reports genre and other tag data missing in
    > slimserver.

    That's the audio being printed out to your terminal. Which is good,
    because it's decoding something.

    > dean blackketter;137196 Wrote:
    >> No, it parses the AAC/Movie data directly.

    > If that's the case, I assume something is wacky with slimserver and QT
    > 7.1.3 encodings. Anything I can do to help track this down?

    Not as far as we can tell here. Can you create a bug on
    bugs.slimdevices.com and attach a sample file that exhibits this
    behavior?

    Thanks,

    dean


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    I've also come across a problem where a CD ripped to Apple Lossless by iTunes 7 won't play on Slimserver with log: "ERROR: Couldn't open song"

    System is Slimserver 6.3.1, iTunes 7, Quicktime 7.1.3 on Mac Mini G4 OSX 10.4.7.

    On first investigation it appeared to be related to adding cover art using iTunes.

    The tracks ripped by iTunes without cover art played ok on Slimserver.

    However when I added cover art using iTunes (manually, not using the new iTunes cover art feature) and did a clear and rescan, the tracks appeared on Slimserver but the cover art wasn't displayed and the tracks wouldn't play.

    Tracks without cover art with a cover.jpg file in the same directory displayed cover art and would play.

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