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Support and General Use => Audio Playback, Database and Playlists => Topic started by: dmoriarty on July 10, 2010, 08:25:53 AM

Title: Iaudio X5: AIFF files still won't play.
Post by: dmoriarty on July 10, 2010, 08:25:53 AM
I have a new iMac computer.  I recorded a short tape using the Line In on the Mac.  This was recorded using Garage Band and output to an AIFF File with bit-rate of 1411kbps and 16-bit Stereo  Sample rate 44,100kHz.  These numbers are identical to WAV files I have recorded on Windows XP before.  iTunes reports the bit rate as 1411kbps and finder "Get Info" reports it as : 1,411,200.  That last figure is is bits.  I was able to write this track to CD successfully using Garage Band.  This file that I tried to play on Rockbox was the direct recording from Garage Band.  I also downloaded Audacity to try that.  The WAV test track from Audacity played.

I am using Rockbox version 3.6.

This has been going on since 2006 and the following post was from 2007:-

http://forums.rockbox.org/index.php?topic=12024.0

When making recordings in the future I will evidently have to use Audacity and create WAV recordings if I want the WAV files to work in Rockbox.  I wouldn't normally do this, but I don't like having files that aren't usable on some applications.  It leaves a nasty taste in the mouth.  Having just spent days trying to get MS Word to open Windows Write and Lotus Ami Pro word processing files that I wanted to archive (eventually using Virtual Box on Linux and a pristine copy of Windows XP SP2) I an understandably wary of file formats that have flaky support.  Rockbox purports to play AIFF files.  These are supposed to be Apple's equivalent of WAV files.

As I say this is rather frightening considering that people who use macs and record using them can't get those recordings played by rockbox when rockbox states it can play AIFF files.

Thank you in advance for your help.



Title: Re: Iaudio X5: AIFF files still won't play.
Post by: funman on July 10, 2010, 10:01:33 AM
Do you have a sample to share?
Title: Re: Iaudio X5: AIFF files still won't play.
Post by: dmoriarty on July 10, 2010, 04:35:10 PM
I will have to zip the file since I can only attach files of a maximum 128kb in size!  It also states that aif can't be left as an attachment.  The software I am using insists on living about 3 seconds after each recording I haven't found a way to stop this.  I suspect it isn't possible!  Zipping shouldn't affect the file in any way, it is lossless after all (or claims to be!).  I have tried to send a zip file but it is still too big! 
Title: Re: Iaudio X5: AIFF files still won't play.
Post by: saratoga on July 10, 2010, 04:56:12 PM
I will have to zip the file since I can only attach files of a maximum 128kb in size!  It also states that aif can't be left as an attachment.  The software I am using insists on living about 3 seconds after each recording I haven't found a way to stop this.  I suspect it isn't possible!  Zipping shouldn't affect the file in any way, it is lossless after all (or claims to be!).  I have tried to send a zip file but it is still too big! 

The bug tracker would be a better place.  It allows up to 2MB files, which should be fine, only a few seconds worth of AIFF are needed. 

Title: Re: Iaudio X5: AIFF files still won't play.
Post by: dmoriarty on July 25, 2010, 06:58:16 PM
I have submitted a bug with a test file the bug is:-

http://www.rockbox.org/tracker/task/11494?project=1&type=2&order=dateopened&sort=desc

Thank you very much for your help so far.
Title: Re: Iaudio X5: AIFF files still won't play.
Post by: funman on July 26, 2010, 05:00:26 AM
Should be fixed in r27570 or newer
Title: Re: Iaudio X5: AIFF files still won't play.
Post by: dmoriarty on July 30, 2010, 07:40:45 PM
Thank you very much for this!  It is good to know that these formats are compatible.  Having spent days resurrecting old document formats, I had that sinking feeling when using AIFF format on the mac and finding that it wasn't working on Rockbox.  I thought that if I made AIFF recordings of tapes that the format might be locked in to the Mac!  This is extremely good news!  Thank you again!