Old 20th December 2015, 17:46   #1
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WMA playback issue. Windows 10 insider build related?

Hi guys,
I have been using Winamp since the Windows 95 days and have recently run into what I think is a Windows 10 insider issue(build 11082).

I can no longer play Windows Media files(lossless and lossy non protected). They also seem to show 0:00 for time.

I have been looking into it and it seems people without media player have this issue. I have confirmed media player is installed and plays files as does the Windows 10 built in groove music player(who needs that ).

I have almost all stock plugins, but I am using an OpenAL plugin([/b]EAX 2.0 / EFX output plug-in v1.10pre(OpenAL version)[/b]) to bypass the Windows mixer. I also have a DSP HeadPlug MKII(SR1) installed, but It is not active.

This plugin has been working for years without issues.

I tried DirectSound and Wave out, with the same result.

I have reinstalled Winamp(remove all user preferences) without any luck.

I was wondering if anyone here has the same Insider version of Windows and could test to see if WMA files are working.

This is what it looks like in a playlist. moves on past these files.

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Old 6th March 2016, 20:02   #2
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do they play in VLC?

does this help:

http://forums.winamp.com/showthread.php?t=356119

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Old 6th March 2016, 20:42   #3
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I had tried all of those with the exception of trying to get in_wm to handle unknown files.

Some other software was also having WMA issues on these builds. The Windows 10 N updates would simply not install.

VLC played files fine all along(but it is no Winamp).

On later builds it started to generate an error. By this point at least the song length was showing up again.

The file info is here.


The second last build of Windows 10's insider preview has fixed this issue and WMA files play again. So far it looks like things are back to normal.

Now I still have to debate if I should just covert to FLAC(so many songs) since it is not as dependent on the OS. I also still have some lossy wma files that would have quality cut further if I changed formats.
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any lossy to lossy will further degrade; thats why i always used mp3 for lossy, b/c its ubiquitous. if u don't truly need to switch lossy formats, don't imo, b/c why incur the extra loss?

any lossless to lossless is np. i used to use FLAC, but now i like ALAC better b/c apple supports it natively, and is nearly as universal otherwise as FLAC is. thinktink makes an ALAC encoder on the forums here u can use to transcode, hopefully with tags intact.

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Thanks for the feedback.

Since I do not have any Apple devices I think flac is a better bet for me in the future. One day I may just do a mass conversion of WMA lossless to FLAC(can always convert to something else in the future if needed.).
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it can always be done at any time, but if u ever share your files, its a consideration. also, the m4a container is a more structured format for tagging, which i find has some pro's of its own. (and windows supports that natively, unlike FLAC, at least in win7 and below)

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