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Re: [Gnump3d-users] Trouble streaming files ending in .m4a

From: Stan Mulder
Subject: Re: [Gnump3d-users] Trouble streaming files ending in .m4a
Date: Wed, 25 May 2005 11:36:45 -0400
User-agent: Mozilla Thunderbird 1.0.2-1.3.3 (X11/20050513)

 If we're talking about Linux/Unix, there is a standard utility called 'rename' that works very well to rename files.

Mark Mykkanen wrote:
I think you are on the right track.  Search for a
renaming utility on or  Depending on your distro, you may
have some renaming utilities as precompiled binaries. 
I use gentoo which has at least krename and detox for
renaming files.  Most renaming tools are scripts which
don't require compiling.

I think winamp is still capable for streaming, just
doesn't seem to have a long history of streaming .m4a
files.  BTW, you can't fool it by renaming .m4a ->
.mp3, winamp reads the headers and will get confused. 

Seems to me that your optimal solution is to convert
.m4a -> (.ogg || .mp3) and wait for technology to
catch up.

On Tue, May 24, 2005 at 06:39:04PM -0500, kracker
True Mark,

Ogg is a better format both in technical quality and
software freedom ;)
I fear I have (perhaps incorrectly) chosen
convenience in the past
over freedom :|

My number one reason behind this choice is that I do
not know of a
free software program which can convert my mp3 files
which have very
wickedly ugly (and very command line / bash)
unfriendly file names
(space, dash, etc) into an alternate format like the
Ogg format.
While I respect and enjoy the inference behind your
query, I submit
back to the world.
Does one know of a free software program which i can
invoke on a
directory with a hierarchy of directories and files
which file names
which have characters which must normally be escaped
when manipulating
them in a GNU/LInux System for example renaming the
file using the
bash shell via ssh? If I only had a access to such a
program (as I am
not entirely sure how one would build such a
program, off hand) I
would gladly make the conversion of my entire
archive :)
On 5/24/05, Mark Mykkanen <address@hidden>
I tried it out with .m4a files.  It appears to be
issue with the player AFAICT.  I tried it with
 Seems to have no problem with .ogg.  Isn't Ogg a
better format anyways?
Well, I think your very right, I found the cause to
my current
breakdowns just after my last post ...

It seems my past personal favorite, (non-free) audio
player, Winamp
has only just recently begun to support the most
basic of M4A audio

Re: Winamp 5.04: Changelog :
* added basic streaming (download) support for
M4A/MP4 HTTP streams
Which seems to tell me that Winamp is still fairly
immature when it
comes to streaming files (perhaps incorrectly
labeled with a .m4a
extension when the content of the audio file is
really mp3)? Which
also seems to lack the ability to con troll some of
this download
instead of stream behavior via settings ... Suddenly
this seems
strangely familiar to me, weird.


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