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Old 03-22-2006, 10:32 PM   #1
krus
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what plays .m4b files in linux


What can I use to play .m4b files, or how shall I convert them into a different format? Any suggestions will be quite welcome.

I ask because I have some m4b audio files from itunes sitting on my windows partition. I'd really like to listen while booted in linux (where I spend all my time) but so far I haven't found any software that will actually play them. Extensive searching found rumors of amaroK and mplayer support, but I haven't been able to make either work.

Thanks!
 
Old 03-23-2006, 12:20 AM   #2
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vlc (videolan)
http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

works great for me.
 
Old 03-23-2006, 11:30 AM   #3
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Thanks! I installed vlc, and it seems to recognize the file just fine, and claims to be playing. However, I can't get any sound to come out, no matter how much I play with various volume and mixer settings. Most likely this is user error, but potentially might I need to install something more? (I used apt to get vlc and wxvlc + the libraries apt decided it depended on). Any ideas?

Anyone use a different program? Is VLC the only compatible linux app so far?

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Old 03-24-2006, 01:40 AM   #4
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oh yes the settings...
check Preferences>Audio>Output module>oss> /dev/dsp
and on Preferences>Audio>Output module>alsa>alsa device name
hit the refresh list button, then select your sound module from the pulldown menu
 
Old 03-24-2006, 11:29 AM   #5
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Alsa wasn't listed in my preferences, so I went and grabbed the vlc-plugin-alsa with apt, and then followed your advice. Unfortunately, still no sound.so I must have overlooked something else too. ~krus
 
  


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