Old 30th April 2003, 14:56   #1
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apples .aac format on PC windows

I have a mac at home and a PC at work. I have started my music with AAC in iTunes 4. I use my iPod to shuttle music that I have personally converted up here to work, but I come to find out that Winamp PC doesn't know what the .m4a format is and won't play them.

Do I need to download some kind of plug in to get Winamp 3 for PC to play these files?

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Old 30th April 2003, 15:20   #2
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Nope. As far as I know, no component (there are no plug-ins in Winamp3 - there are components) exists for Winamp3 that will allow it to decode/recognize this Mac-specific format. And I personally do not know of any proggie that will convert MPEG-4 to MPEG-3 (MP3) to allow you to play your files in Winamp3.

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Old 30th April 2003, 15:39   #3
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Winamp 2.x input plugins

AAC plugin:
http://rarewares.hydrogenaudio.org/aac.html

AAC (MPEG4) Decoder plug-in, by AudioCoding:
http://www.audiocoding.com/download.php

AAC plugin
http://www.personal.uni-jena.de/~pfk/mpp/#plugins | http://home.wanadoo.nl/~w.speek/download/in_aac.zip

AAC Decoder plug-in, by PsyTEL Research:
http://psytel.hypermart.net/aacenc.htm


Note: some of these links may be dead

All these work for Winamp 2.x (current version = 2.91)
To make them work in Winamp3, you'll need to first install the
WA2 Input Plugin Support component for WA3


[EDIT]

Aah! Wait!
Apparently there's also an AAC component for Winamp3 @ RareWarez:

http://pessoal.onda.com.br/rjamorim/cnv_FAAD.exe

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They definitely support AAC & MP4 extensions, not sure about m4a though...
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Old 30th April 2003, 16:00   #4
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Thanks, DJ. Good job!

How the heck did you find that Winamp3 AAC component???

Also, if you know more than I do (and you probably do ) about Configurification Registry advanced Fading settings, could you please check out this thread > Cross Fading Settings ??? and try to help board member mark7594 ?
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DJ Egg is a Google Master. I have that site bookmarked, but had forgotten the AAC component.
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Old 30th April 2003, 16:32   #6
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Thanks for hunting down the "component", but alas it didn't allow winamp to play the files. Do you suppose it will just be a matter of time before a component is built to accomodate the .m4a format? As far as I know, this is not a Mac Specific thing, just something they adopted and are beginning to push since it has the ability to handle the DMA in iTunes 4.

I'll keep on the look out for answers and post back if I find anything.

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I'm going to get the WA2 Inport Plug-In Support a try and we'll see what happens....
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Old 30th April 2003, 17:36   #7
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As I said, I'm not familiar with .m4a
Maybe the authors need to update their plugins/components to recognize the .m4a extension?
Isn't there an option to save as .AAC?
Do the files play if you change their extension to .aac?


You might have better luck asking at HydrogenAudio's AAC forums:
http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/show.php/act/SF/f/13
http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/show.php/act/SF/f/14


@Nunzio & m0e
I've got a huge list of links stored in a few text files.
Rarewarez has been around for quite some time.

There's also this:
TSGH -> Where did those plugins go

(I've been trying my best to keep that thread up-to-date for the past couple of years)
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Old 9th May 2003, 22:19   #8
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No difference b/t M4A and MP4

FYI, there's no difference in file formats between M4A files and MP4 files. You can change the file extension of your M4A files to MP4 and they'll play in WinAmp (assuming you've installed an AAC plug-in/component). They'll also play in QuickTime 6.1.

The bummer with changing the file extension is that iTunes will no longer recognize the file's metadata, and just shows the file's filename as the "Song Name".

I guess we have to wait for the plug-in/component authors to modify their code to recognize the M4A file extension. Grrrrr...
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Old 10th May 2003, 00:06   #9
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Thanks for the extra info sobiloff
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Old 1st June 2003, 06:05   #10
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Fix for acc support playback in windows

Easy fix. Once you get your songs from the iPod to the Windows machine, just change the file extension manually (rename) from .m4a to .mp4. This will allow Winamp to play back the file. Prior to this I did install the mpeg 4 decoder component for winamp v.2 at http://www.audiocoding.com/download.php. I don't know if you necessarily need the component, but oh well. I think it is also available for winamp v.3. This should allow you to play the .mp4 format. I tried this myself and it works. I also was able to play it back with quicktime 6 pro on windows, I don't know if the free player will do it. Let us know what happens, good luck.
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Kill the M4A file extension!

I searched high and low 4 an app. to convert the M4A extension to something that WinAmp users can play. I did it after about 8 hours on the net. I only tried to convert one song at a time and it worked, I am unsure as to mass file conversion. So good luck.
Follow these links, go to http://www.dbpoweramp.com/dmc.htm and download this file dBpowerAMP Music Converter Release 9a . Install it. Then go to http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/ and download this plugin for the app called http://www.dbpoweramp.com/beta/dBpow...c-aactomp4.exe . Open dBpowerAMP Music Converter (should be on desktop)find the file that you want to convert from gay ass M4A and select it. A small window will open and select the 3rd selection from the top of the little window. Called "MP3 Lame" then hit convert. The process is lengthy but who cares when u can get rid of that extension and play them in WinAmp!
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When will Winamp 2.92 be released? And what's all this talk about Winamp5? What happened to Winamp4?
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Old 26th August 2003, 02:20   #13
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Also Is there a program that can change an .mp4 audio file back into an .m4a file that iTunes (as well as an iPod) can read? I'm using Nero's new HE-AAC encoder in Nero 6's Ultra Package.
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Old 12th October 2003, 19:37   #14
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Nokia 3300 phone

Just for your info the new Nokia 3300 phone/ mp3 player can playback .aac files, and is only compatible with Windows. The Nokia Audio Manager software is, I think, available as a free download from their website and will play and burn these files, although it's poo for playlists, which is why I've trawling thru the forums trying to find a Winamp 3 component to solve this problem.
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Old 26th November 2003, 04:16   #15
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MP3 to AAC?

Hi,
Is there any software that convert MP3 to AAC?

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Old 26th November 2003, 05:31   #16
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Even if there was, it is NOT recommended.
Transcoding from one lossy compressed format to another will ALWAYS produce a worse quality file, regardless of bitrate settings. Do not do it!
Always encode fresh from the source (ie. Audio CD to AAC)

If you do not have the original source CD's, then I strongly suggest you keep your MP3's as they are, or download them again in a better quality bitrate . . .



btw, seeing this old thread has been revived . . .

M4P Plugin for Winamp 2.x / 5.0
http://forums.winamp.com/showthread....hreadid=157475

Decodes encrypted iTunes Music Store files.


Also, the MP4 input plugin for Winamp 2.x/5.0 now also supports M4A
http://www.audiocoding.com/download.php
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Old 6th December 2003, 14:48   #17
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Doesn't anyone realize that iTunes is really nothing more than a front end for Quicktime? Developing a plugin that hooks onto Quicktime's APIs should allow Winamp to play any file iTunes can.

I thought I'd just point that out.
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