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m4a to mp3 using MDV 2008.0


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I am trying to convert an m4a audio to mp3 using MDV 2008.0. Using Ubuntu 6.06 I was able to achieve this by first converting m4a to wav with mplayer, and then compressing wav into mp3. In 2008.0, I get this:


$ mplayer -ao pcm "03.m4a" -ao pcm:file="03.wav"
MPlayer 1.0-1.rc1.20mdv2008.0-4.2.1 (C) 2000-2006 MPlayer Team
CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU	 T7500  @ 2.20GHz (Family: 6, Model: 15, Stepping: 11)
CPUflags:  MMX: 1 MMX2: 1 3DNow: 0 3DNow2: 0 SSE: 1 SSE2: 1
Compiled with runtime CPU detection.
98 audio & 216 video codecs
mplayer: could not connect to socket
mplayer: No such file or directory
Failed to open LIRC support. You will not be able to use your remote control.

Playing 03.m4a.
Quicktime/MOV file format detected.
Trying to force audio codec driver family libmad...
Requested audio codec family [faad] (afm=faad) not available.
Enable it at compilation.
Cannot find codec for audio format 0x6134706D.
Read DOCS/HTML/en/codecs.html!
Audio: no sound
Video: no video

Exiting... (End of file)


Also, using faad command gives this error:

$ faad "03.m4a"
*********** Ahead Software MPEG-4 AAC Decoder V2.5 ******************

Build: Oct 26 2006
Copyright 2002-2004: Ahead Software AG
Floating point version

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License.


03.m4a file info:

Error: Bitstream value not allowed by specification

All faad files I could think of are installed. I can play the file using VLC and Amarok, but can't convert it to mp3 :wall: Where should I start?

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You can try VLC 0.9.0 pre, which has an embedded converter, or some Amarok transcoding script, like AmaKode or transKode.

Thanks. I tried transKode to now avail. All these pretty programs use third party engines, and what's worse, can't use them properly... One would expect that since Amarok and VLC use xine engine to play m4a's, so should transKode, but no, it uses faad, which does not work :lol2:


Anyway, the solution was to uninstall mplayer, and install the version from PLF which has all the goodies compiled in.


My next problem is to find a client that would work with iTunes.

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Did you get mplayer from plf or mandriva mirrors/repositories? The plf version (it’s got plf in the rpm name, whereas the mandriva version has mdv version in the rpm name - just check in the software installer which one you have) has more codecs afaik.

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Initially, I had the MDV version which came with the Mandriva Free DVD. I removed it and installed the PLF version with plf in the rpm name. You are right, aRTee, the PLF version is compiled with faad support.


What about iTunes? I have looked at banshee, but could not find how to connect to the iTunes store.

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Just my curiosity, don't want to high jack thread, I like to see more about this subject. I've been trying the same thing with Rhapsody and iTunes but can't seem to get any software to work under Mandriva Linux. So, I end up doing purchasing and all my file processing in XP, then import to Linux.

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