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Playing iTunes .m4a Files on a Squeezebox2

May 30, 2010

I encountered a problem playing iTunes .m4a files on Squeezebox2 devices. It was interesting that from the same Squeezebox Server the files played fine on a Squeezebox3, but when attempting to play on a Squeezebox2 an error appeared on the Squeezebox Server’s Web interface, “Problem: Can’t open file for: <file>.m4a”. Other files, such as .mp3 filetypes, played fine.

I validated that the .m4a file existed in the music directory and there were no permission issues. To troubleshoot the problem I activated debug logging for os.files, os.paths, player.source, player.streaming, and scan.scanner and then restarted the Squeezebox Server; the logging messages were recorded in the server.log file. The problem was straightforward:

Slim::Player::TranscodingHelper::checkBin (242)   Found command: [faad] -q -w -f 1 $FILE$ | [lame] –silent -q $QUALITY$ $BITRATE$ – –
Slim::Utils::Misc::findbin (100) Looking for executable: [lame]
Slim::Utils::Misc::findbin (111) Checking for lame in /usr/share/squeezeboxserver/Bin/i386-linux/lame
Slim::Utils::Misc::findbin (111) Checking for lame in /usr/share/squeezeboxserver/Bin/lame
Slim::Utils::Misc::findbin (111) Checking for lame in /usr/kerberos/bin/lame
Slim::Utils::Misc::findbin (111) Checking for lame in /usr/local/bin/lame
Slim::Utils::Misc::findbin (111) Checking for lame in /bin/lame
Slim::Utils::Misc::findbin (111) Checking for lame in /usr/bin/lame
Slim::Utils::Misc::findbin (111) Checking for lame in /usr/bin/lame
Slim::Utils::Misc::findbin (111) Checking for lame in /usr/local/bin/lame
Slim::Utils::Misc::findbin (111) Checking for lame in /usr/libexec/lame
Slim::Utils::Misc::findbin (111) Checking for lame in /usr/sbin/lame
Slim::Utils::Misc::findbin (130) Didn’t find binary for lame
Slim::Player::TranscodingHelper::checkBin (265)    couldn’t find binary for: lame
Slim::Player::TranscodingHelper::getConvertCommand2 (421) Error: Didn’t find any command matches for type: mp4

So it seems that lame is needed to stream music data from an m4a file to a Squeezebox2 device. (But lame is not used when streaming music data to a Squeezebox3. That’s interesting too.)

I needed lame for Redhat Linux, it’s an open source project maintained on SourceForge here. After downloading the source, run a ./configure, make, and make install. And that fixed the problem.

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