Can't play m4a (AAC) files.

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Can't play m4a (AAC) files.

Postby pawRoot » 2018-03-13 19:33

I am on i3wm, using Rhythmbox for music files, i never had to install any codecs (unstable) to play those files,
but now on new install it says i need some gstreamer stuff.

I have installed libavcodec-extra and the error changed to "Your Gstreamer installation is missing a plug-in.".

But what is most confusing that i never had to install any of this crap to play my music files.
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Re: Can't play m4a (AAC) files.

Postby stevepusser » 2018-03-13 19:40

Welcome to the world of gstreamer plugin playback. That's just how it works for that framework. Other players can use internal versions of the codecs or use libavcodec directly.

Did you install the missing plugin packages to get it to work?
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Re: Can't play m4a (AAC) files.

Postby pawRoot » 2018-03-13 19:45

I can't figure out what should i install to play AAC, it always worked ... :x

EDIT:

they play fine in cmus :roll:
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Re: Can't play m4a (AAC) files.

Postby Wheelerof4te » 2018-03-13 19:56

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apt install gstreamer1.0-libav
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Re: Can't play m4a (AAC) files.

Postby bw123 » 2018-03-13 20:03

I don't have many .aac files, but I kind of like them. VLC on stretch does fine with them. I have shunned gstreamer for a long time now, because of the huge amount of dependencies, although vlc is somewhat bloated also.
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Re: Can't play m4a (AAC) files.

Postby pawRoot » 2018-03-13 20:07

Wheelerof4te wrote:
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apt install gstreamer1.0-libav


It kind of works, but when Rhythmbox imports all music, and i play some file, it freezes.

bw123 wrote:I don't have many .aac files, but I kind of like them.


Yes much better than crappy mp3.
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Re: Can't play m4a (AAC) files.

Postby Wheelerof4te » 2018-03-13 20:09

Try Audacious or Cantata.
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Re: Can't play m4a (AAC) files.

Postby pawRoot » 2018-03-13 20:12

But i want to use Rhythmbox, this is what always worked. :roll:
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Re: Can't play m4a (AAC) files.

Postby Wheelerof4te » 2018-03-13 20:17

I don't know why RHBX freezes, but then again I wouldn't use Sid for those very reasons. Try searching for bug reports on similar issue.
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Re: Can't play m4a (AAC) files.

Postby stevepusser » 2018-03-13 20:25

pawRoot wrote:But i want to use Rhythmbox, this is what always worked. :roll:


I guess the web search engines are refusing you service now.
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apt depends rhythmbox


Look under the Suggested packages for a set of plugins, since Debian won't have installed that by default, preferring open codecs.
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Re: Can't play m4a (AAC) files.

Postby cds60601 » 2018-03-14 03:03

I realize that adding other repos may be frowned on however, and with that being said;

###Debian Multimedia
deb [arch=amd64,i386] https://www.deb-multimedia.org (stable/testing/unstable) main non-free <----- modify to reflect your version of Debian


This should get you any or all the non-free codecs you might want. Read up on the pros/cons on adding this and visit the site to ensure this IS what you want to do as well as adding the proper GPG key but that is pretty straight forward.

As always, YMMV

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Re: Can't play m4a (AAC) files.

Postby Head_on_a_Stick » 2018-03-14 07:02

cds60601 wrote:Debian Multimedia

^ There have been quite a few reports of dependency problems caused by that repository, I wouldn't advise using that at all.
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Re: Can't play m4a (AAC) files.

Postby cds60601 » 2018-03-14 15:39

Head_on_a_Stick wrote:^ There have been quite a few reports of dependency problems caused by that repository, I wouldn't advise using that at all.


I would generally agree with the above especially if one happens to be using Sid and maybe Testing.
I think a better argument to my suggestion would be to post links or other feedback to help solidify an opposing view on this (or any) topic.
This way a user can reference and determine the needs versus any possible adverse interactions and then choose the avenue to pursue based on being educated.

Please keep in mind while I was offering a suggestion, I did mention YMMV (you mileage may vary).
My experience w/Stable the past 9 months (and on 3 systems currently), these issues have not been present so I can't comment on the anomalies mentioned.
I have been very happy with the results of using the mentioned 3rd party repo. Of course as I have stated, YMMV.

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Re: Can't play m4a (AAC) files.

Postby stevepusser » 2018-03-14 19:32

Sigh....just install gstreamer1.0-plugins-bad.
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Re: Can't play m4a (AAC) files.

Postby pawRoot » 2018-03-14 19:36

stevepusser wrote:Sigh....just install gstreamer1.0-plugins-bad.


I did.
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