Bug #1125

Can't read some mp3 files

Added by Karol Kurek about 2 months ago. Updated about 1 month ago.

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August 25, 2021
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Situation like (there a questioner didn't send a file)
Here is a Cecilia Krull well-known song. It is well played by all others applications. Audacious tells me that:
Error reading metadata"


#1 Updated by Michael Schwendt about 2 months ago

It's not an MP3 file, but an M4A file. Give it an .m4a file name extension.

$ file Cecilia\ Krull\ -\ My\ life\ is\ going\ on\ .m4a 
Cecilia Krull - My life is going on .m4a: ISO Media, Apple iTunes ALAC/AAC-LC (.M4A) Audio

#2 Updated by Karol Kurek about 2 months ago

Should Audacious rely on file extension? Rely on the real type seems to be more accurate.

#3 Updated by John Lindgren about 2 months ago

  • Status changed from New to Rejected

Audacious will detect the file type for files that have no extension, but we don't support files that have the wrong extension, sorry.

#4 Updated by Michael Schwendt about 1 month ago

Karol Kurek wrote:

Rely on the real type seems to be more accurate.

If and only if every file to be loaded is run through an extensive number of file type detectors, which is error-prone (e.g. due to false positives and the requirement to examine container contents). It also takes time to examine each file and the more so for file types near the bottom of the list. Also, multiple decoders might support the same file type but with different quality options, and then its gets awkward to prioritize decoders.

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