Banshee and *.m4a

Hey all,

I’m using Banshee as my primary audio player, and I really like it, but I have one problem: I can’t play any songs in the m4a format, which basically my entire iTunes library is made up of. I downloaded the SUSE package that contains Java and the basic file extensions, but still no solution. I have Banshee updated to the most current version (0.13.1).

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance! :slight_smile:

Try going through this tutorial. Pay particular attention to the section that mentions adding w32codec-all.
Hacking openSUSE 10.3 - Sofware in Review

The above assumes that you are running OpenSUSE 10.3. If you are running 11.0 you may have to wait until Packman contains the directory suse/11.0. This should be shortly after 11.0 final in (9) days.

Okay, I downloaded the Xine-Lib files and something is still missing. I got all of the files to be imported, but none of them play now: if I double-click to play them, they sit on 0:00 and although it says they are playing, I can’t even move the slider for the song time (where in the song you want to play).

I don’t run Banshee, but when I did it used to depend on having the correct GStreamer plugins installed.
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Couldn’t tell you which one you might be missing though. (Anything with ‘good, bad, & ugly’ in it’s name must be good ;))
A Banshee user needs to help you. Good luck, from an Amarok user…LOL.

i believe the package you’re looking for is


I think nsciboli could be correct. It can be difficult sorting these audio requirements at times, as different names are used for the codec. In the case of m4a this wiki:
MPEG-4 Part 14 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
notes m4a, mp4 and mpeg-4 are often used in a manner that is confusing.

Unseen-Ghost, you could search the packman site for mpeg4 to see what hits you get, but even that won’t give you a link to gst-plugins-bad. But after reading nsiboli’s post, I went to the gstreamer site and noted this:
Release notes for GStreamer Bad Plug-ins_0.10.8_Vapour Trails
where a fix to the latest gstreamer is “MPEG-4 video stream parser fixes” suggesting it supports MPEG4 and hence m4a. And if you find that a bit confusing to logically search for the app that gives the correct codec, … well, … so do I. :rolleyes: