Zune (desktop software) + .m4a

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  1. destrekor

    destrekor Lifer

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    I thought Zune was supposed to handle .m4a files? Why is Zune telling me it cannot play the Nine Inch Nails .m4a files? I just downloaded The Slip from NIN's website and downloaded the CD-quality m4a files, expecting both my PC and my ZuneHD to play them. If the Zune software won't play them, I guess that means neither will my ZuneHD.

    Anyone have any ideas why this is the case? Microsoft even says there is .m4a compatibility.
     
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    tw1164 Diamond Member

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    Rename one to an mp4 and see if it plays it.
     
  4. destrekor

    destrekor Lifer

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    Nope, Zune still won't play it.
    VLC plays it just fine, but the whole idea is to put it on Zune so that 1, I can play it with Zune, and 2, I can sync it with my zune.

    Damn, just strange. Zune is supposed to be compatible with m4a.
     
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    Gooberlx2 Lifer

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    Probably some incompatibility with the encoding method/codec parameters...like high-complexity/low-complexity, etc...

    from wiki:
    edit: Actually, NIN says the following:
    m4a lossless is probably the apple lossless codec (which isn't aac, but apple's codec in a .m4a container), and isn't compatible with Zune.

    What I would do is use something like dbPowerAmp to transcode to a high-bitrate standard m4a (AAC low-complexity). Or, if you still want lossless, transcode to WMA lossless.
     
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