[mythtv] MythMusic and Windows Media Audio (WMA)

Kevin Bowen mythtv-dev@snowman.net
Wed, 18 Dec 2002 15:45:59 -0800

Well WMA is actually pretty much the worst sounding compressed audio there
is (quality/size ratio), however I like your basic idea that mythmusic use
an external player as its backend for audio, rather than doing its own
decoding. If, for instance, it just sent commands to XMMS, that, I think,
would be ideal, since it has a simple plugin arhitechture for which there
are user-installable plugins for pretty much every format playable on linux
(yes, even WMA)... that way users who don't know how to code wouldn't have
to beg someone else to add support for their format of choice, just drop in
a plugin and go. Also, any custom settings tweaks users have (lots of
people, myself included, can get really anal about getting their EQ
settings, dithering, gap-removal/crossfading settings just they way they
want) would be used automatically. XMMS has a plugin to allow it to be
controlled by, and output status to, named pipes, so it seems like this
wouldnt be too hard to implement - possibly even within the bounds of my
very limited programming skills. I was thinking of looking into the code and
possibly making something like this my first experiment in linux
programming. We'll see.

-----Original Message-----
From: mythtv-dev-admin@snowman.net
[mailto:mythtv-dev-admin@snowman.net]On Behalf Of Nathan Ziarek
Sent: Wednesday, December 18, 2002 2:59 PM
To: mythtv-dev@snowman.net
Subject: [mythtv] MythMusic and Windows Media Audio (WMA)

How possible is it to get MythMusic to play WMA files? I know that there
is a Linux Player that will play Windows Media (mplayer? I forget) but
it is possible to integrate it into MythMusic, or would I need a
separate component like MythVideo?

I think WMAs are the smallest, best sounding compressed audio there is,
and while I have no problem switching to OGG now (much bigger, but great
sound), I don't have the time to convert 3000WMA files into OGG and
probably wouldn't be impressed with the results anyway.

I know nothing of how to do this, but would be happy to learn and
contribute if it is possible.



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