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plaidling
August 31st, 2010, 03:18 AM
Hiya.
I'm very very new to Ubuntu (I switched over less than a week ago.)
I'm just starting to get a feel for it, and learning about the software. I can't get m4a files to play in Rhythmbox - it says it needs additional plugins, but I don't know where to find them.
Can anyone suggest a link for an m4a decoder plugin, or different software that can play m4a files?

Temüjin
August 31st, 2010, 03:37 AM
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
or, more specifically,

sudo apt-get install gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad-multiverse

sti3
September 30th, 2010, 08:25 PM
I'm having a slightly different problem. Some m4as import and play, others don't.

Specifically I'm having problems with the m4a podcasts from XlR8R.

Here is one: http://www.xlr8r.com/podcast/2010/09/salem

(Click Download M4A -- they don't allow direct linking)

Is it a container or codec issue?

mc4man
October 1st, 2010, 12:49 AM
I'd say it's the format rhythmbox doesn't like, you may be able to force it to accept as a podcast, maybe not.

You should be able to play in totem, vlc would also work well and would recognize the chapter stops - see screen

Otherwise if you removed the 'video stream' the rhythmbox would play.

Ex. (dl to Downloads folder, saved new .m4a to Music folder


ffmpeg -i ~/Downloads/XLR8R_Podcast_Salem_2010_09_28.m4a -vn -acodec copy ~/Music/Salem_2010_09_28.m4a

Then rhythmbox will play as one continuous file.

================================================== =====================
info

General
Complete name : /home/doug/Downloads/XLR8R_Podcast_Salem_2010_09_28.m4a
Format : MPEG-4
Format profile : Apple AAC audio with iTunes info
Codec ID : M4A
File size : 50.1 MiB
Duration : 35mn 38s
Overall bit rate : 196 Kbps
Movie name : XLR8R Podcast: Salem - September 28, 2010
Album : XLR8R Podcast
Performer : Salem
Encoded date : 2010
Tagged date : UTC 2010-09-27 16:05:15
Writing application : GarageBand 5.1
Cover : Yes
Comment : Check out XLR8R's weekly podcasts at xlr8r.com/podcast

Video
ID : 4
Format : M-JPEG
Codec ID : jpeg
Duration : 35mn 38s
Bit rate mode : Variable
Bit rate : 1 986 bps
Width : 300 pixels
Height : 300 pixels
Display aspect ratio : 1.000
Frame rate mode : Variable
Frame rate : 0.003 fps
Minimum frame rate : 0.001 fps
Maximum frame rate : 0.017 fps
Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 7.356
Stream size : 566 KiB (1%)
Language : English
Encoded date : UTC 2010-09-27 22:30:37
Tagged date : UTC 2010-09-27 22:30:48

Audio
ID : 3
Format : AAC
Format/Info : Advanced Audio Codec
Format version : Version 4
Format profile : LC
Format settings, SBR : No
Codec ID : 40
Duration : 35mn 38s
Bit rate mode : Constant
Bit rate : 192 Kbps
Channel(s) : 2 channels
Channel positions : Front: L R
Sampling rate : 44.1 KHz
Stream size : 49.0 MiB (98%)
Language : English
Encoded date : UTC 2010-09-27 22:30:37
Tagged date : UTC 2010-09-27 16:05:15

Text #1
ID : 1
Format : Timed text
Codec ID : tx3g
Duration : 35mn 38s
Bit rate mode : Variable
Bit rate : 2 bps
Stream size : 405 Bytes (0%)
Language : English
Encoded date : UTC 2010-09-27 22:30:37
Tagged date : UTC 2010-09-27 22:30:48

Text #2
ID : 2
Format : Timed text
Codec ID : tx3g
Duration : 35mn 38s
Bit rate mode : Variable
Bit rate : 2 bps
Stream size : 521 Bytes (0%)
Language : English
Encoded date : UTC 2010-09-27 22:30:37
Tagged date : UTC 2010-09-27 22:30:48