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Winamp won't play Itunes m4a
post May 30 2009, 03:36
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I converted some Ape/Cue files to wav and then to lossless m4a in Itunes. Winamp 5.5 won't play them, although other players like VLC will. I found this old thread but the links for plugins in it are dead - in any case though, I thought Winamp was supposed to have m4a support so I don't know what's up. Any ideas?
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post May 30 2009, 04:06
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Your files aren't lossless m4a, they are actually Apple lossless (ALAC) files. I don't know if WinAmp supports the decoding (playback) of ALAC files. I know that VLC can as it uses a custom decoder, the same thing with both dBpowerAMP and foobar2000.
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post May 30 2009, 04:57
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I don't see ALAC in the supported file types list, so I assume a plug-in is your only option. You may have some luck with this.

Included in Winamp Essentials 5.55 are: Ogg Vorbis Encoder,Apple Lossless (alac) Decoder...
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post Jul 15 2009, 08:40
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I created an account specifically to answer this particular post.

First of all THANK YOU Ron, for posting the link to this plugin.

It DOES work.

I tried to play the damn m4a's here thinking they were some corrupted mpeg4 files, but instead found out they were this Apple codec.

Also tried a kinda big number of other plugins to try and play those damn thingys... The only one i found out that works is this one.

The Winamp Essentials pack DOES solve the problem. I don't care if it's just some part of it or whatever.

It's playing good lossless music now, and thats 'nuff.

Spread the word!

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