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Old 02-27-2018, 06:43 PM   #1
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Certain Music Tracks Won't Play in Most Music Players!

When I attempt to playback certain music tracks on my computer, they either won't play or they crash/freeze the music player in use... At first, I thought this was a Rhythmbox issue - but I (now) have a whole heap of different music players installed, and the issue seems to affect most of them.

In fact, the only music player which is not affected seems to be VLC media player.

Like I said above, most music players won't play the affected tracks or they crash/freeze - though I did notice that Rhythmbox was displaying an exclamation mark (!) on affected tracks and when I checked that track's properties, it said (at the bottom of the pop-up box, with a big, red exclamation mark (!)):
Internal data stream error.

This issue may only affect Ogg Vorbis (".ogg") files, as other file formats seem to playback fine... Though there does not seem to be any obvious pattern (outside of specific albums - the issue seems to affect whole albums at a time) as to which tracks are affected.

Any ideas?

Also posted on Reddit over here.

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Old 02-28-2018, 02:12 PM   #2
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show us the name (file extension) of the track(s) in question, and what (error) output your music player returned?
you could also try sth like
mediainfo problematic_file
file problematic_file
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You may need a plugin for some of your music apps, most play mp3 & wav. VLC comes with lots of plugins as standard.
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It is a common problem. Some files are less than perfect, and some media players are fussier than others. A "datastream error" complaint is an example of this: if the problem had been a missing codec, the reluctant player would have said so.


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