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Old 16th February 2011, 18:12   #1
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How to play flac and m4a files in v. 5.6???

I can't play flac or m4a files.

I've been trying to fix this for a while and I feel like a complete idiot, so please bare with me. I figured this would be an obvious problem with an easy fix, but every time I try to find anything on this topic specifically I find threads from 2005 with broken links in them or fixes that don't work. I've read the FAQ, sticky threads, and anything else that says 'READ THIS FIRST' but I get overwhelmed trying to sort through it and keep up with various terms.

I went here:
and downloaded this:
AAC/MP4/M4A Input plugin by AudioCoding | download zip

but when I unzipped it and placed the file in my plug in folder (and restarted winamp), I'm still unable to play m4a

I went here:
APE, FLAC, MPC, WavPack plugins here:

But the first seems to be a link to a website that's no longer operating and the second seems to be full of codecs to help you convert audio into lossless format. I just want to play the lossless audio files I already have.

I used to be able to play flac but when I started trying to figure out how to play m4a and trying different settings (checking 'all' when selecting which file types to play in winamp/installing m4a plug ins then deleting them when they didn't work) I now can no longer play flac either. I upgraded to winamp 5.6 in hopes that these issues would be resolved, and I downloaded the Winamp Essentials pack but no luck.

I'm sure I'm missing something obvious and my ignorance is hilarious, but I'm posting here in an attempt to overcome it. We all have to start somewhere.

(I'm not sure what information, if any, is relevant in terms of my operating system. I run windows 7, 64 bit operating system, 2 gigs of RAM, athlon II x4 640 processor.)

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