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    Steps Needed for Amarok To Play WMA files

    What do I need to download and from where to play .wma files in Amarok?
    Thanks.
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    Re: Steps Needed for Amarok To Play WMA files

    for all wma except wmal (lossless) just install libxine1-ffmpeg
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install libxine1-ffmpeg
    If on a 32 bit install, to add wmal support install w32codecs from here

    http://packages.medibuntu.org/lucid/w32codecs.html

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    Re: Steps Needed for Amarok To Play WMA files

    Thanks. I am already at the latest version:

    <code>[sudo] password for cnorton:
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    libxine1-ffmpeg is already the newest version.
    The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
    sdparm
    Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.
    0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
    </code>

    I did autoremove, thinking that might be part of the problem, re-tried one of the wma files and got the same behavior.

    What else can I try?
    tnx
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    Re: Steps Needed for Amarok To Play WMA files

    What else can I try?
    Find out what type of wma the files are and if they are protected.
    If they are protected then there's nothing to be done.
    If they are wmal and you're on a 64 bit install then very little will play (only a 32 bit mplayer install

    Mediainfo can provide info - available thru this ppa
    https://launchpad.net/~shiki/+archive/mediainfo

    So can ffmpeg and or mplayer
    ffmpeg -i /path/to/whatever.wma
    mplayer /path/to/whatever.wma

    Try a wma in another player - gstreamer apps can play wma2, if on lucid the ppa in my sig will add wmas (voice) and wma3(pro) support

    Edit
    a couple of views of mediainfo - 1st in 'easy' (wmal). 2nd in html (wma3pro
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    Last edited by mc4man; September 17th, 2010 at 01:46 PM.

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    Re: Steps Needed for Amarok To Play WMA files

    I think you hit it with 64-bit. These came from a 32-bit Windows system.

    How would I find out if they're protected?

    These played on Media Player.
    tnx

    Quote Originally Posted by mc4man View Post
    Find out what type of wma the files are and if they are protected.
    If they are protected then there's nothing to be done.
    If they are wmal and you're on a 64 bit install then very little will play (only a 32 bit mplayer install

    Mediainfo can provide info - available thru this ppa
    https://launchpad.net/~shiki/+archive/mediainfo

    So can ffmpeg and or mplayer
    ffmpeg -i /path/to/whatever.wma
    mplayer /path/to/whatever.wma

    Try a wma in another player - gstreamer apps can play wma2, if on lucid the ppa in my sig will add wmas (voice) and wma3(pro) support

    Edit
    a couple of views of mediainfo - 1st in 'easy' (wmal). 2nd in html (wma3pro
    cmn

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    Re: Steps Needed for Amarok To Play WMA files

    How would I find out if they're protected?
    Any of the 3 methods mentioned will idenify the type of wma they are, and also should tell you if protected

    Ex. ffmpeg
    doug@doug-laptop:~$ ffmpeg -i '/media/OS/Users/Doug/Desktop/audio/05 Fresh Air.wma'
    ...clipped
    [asf @ 0x895a470] DRM protected stream detected, decoding will likely fail!
    ....clipped
    Stream #0.0: Audio: wmav2, 44100 Hz, 2 channels, s16, 349 kb/s
    screen shows mediainfo on protected wma

    To reinterate:
    if the files are protected (encrypted) then you're out of luck
    If the files are wmal (lossless) and you're on a 64 bit install then only a 32 bit mplayer will decode
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