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Coolplayer WMA support?

Here's the plugin: http://coolplayer.sourceforge.net/?plugins#wmaplu (sorry, my HTML skill is somewhat lacking...)

I installed it to play music on my flash drive, but, Coolplayer doesn't natively support WMA, and VLC crashes when I try to edit a playlist. Basically, I'm just trying to get it to install the plugin properly, and play my music.

I'm open to any ways (using PortableApps software, or otherwise) of converting music to .ogg format. I just tried VLC, and it froze my computer temporarily.

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Nope

Coolplayer doesn't support WMA anymore and probably never will from the looks of it. WMA is a proprietary format that lots of things don't support and generally shouldn't be used. If you bought DRM-protected music in WMA, even if CoolPlayer supported WMA it couldn't play it.

For music, you're best off going with MP3 files for most things (EVERYTHING supports MP3).

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OK. I'm going to hunt down

OK. I'm going to hunt down an mp3 converter I had in the past. Thanks for the reply.

EDIT: I couldn't find the converter I used last time, so I used the Winamp Windows Media input plugin in BonkEnc. My music isn't DRM protected (all CD rips, ad I turned off the DRM in Windows Media Player before ripping). So far, so good.

Hey! Where'd it go?

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Good / Unfortunate

That's good.

It's unfortunate that Windows Media Player defaults to WMA and iTunes defaults to AAC as neither format has the universal support of MP3.

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I could set WMP to rip to

I could set WMP to rip to MP3, I think.

Is there any literature I can find on legal issues surrounding re-encoding DRM-free Windows Media files? The only open-source program I can think of that natively supports this is VLC, and Audacity spits something out about copyrights.

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Yes and legal

Yes you can set WMP to rip to MP3. Tools>Options>Rip Music.

It should be legal to convert your music from one format to the next. Legal issues might arise if you're trying to beat DRM, but if there's no DRM, there's no problem. Even if there was DRM, as long as you didn't give the file to all your friends (you're obeying the license) there isn't much that can be said.

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Use BonkEnc, it's even

Use BonkEnc, it's even available as a PortableApps.

You can rip CDs, or convert a wide array of formats to another. Keep in mind that lossy compression to lossy compression is generally something you should avoid. Convert from lossless to lossy whenever possible.

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D'oh

I said I'm using BonkEnc, if you read the thread. Biggrin

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DSi says hi

John T. HallerFor music, you're best off going with MP3 files for most things (EVERYTHING supports MP3).

Except for the DSi, officially anyway. I think it only plays .AAC files, something like that, which is really funny, because microSD to DS cartridge adapters support MP3 and a dozen or two other formats via homebrew music players. So when Nintendo came out with the third DS saying it's got a camera and plays music, it was a pretty big shock when it came out that the music player doesn't play MP3s. I think they give you an AAC converter though, but it's still a sorry media player for not being able to play MP3.

Everything should support Mp3 but thanks to the other geniuses in Redmond (more likely Tokyo but I'm thinking the US office) it doesn't, not anymore.

But, let none be confused: Everything else supports MP3.

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Wii, too. Licensing

The Wii is like that, too. At least being able to play background music in the photo viewer. This is due to Nintendo being too cheap to pay a few cents per unit for the license for MP3 (same reason the Wii doesn't play DVDs out of the box). Which, like you said, means they're pretty useless as a music player.

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Try MediaCoder for audio conversion

MediaCoder works pretty well for transcoding stuff, but the interface is a bit intimidating as there's a crapload of options & practically no user manual nor wizard available with it.

There's a beta portable version floating at https://portableapps.com/node/13928 that you can try out.

Hope that helps!

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