Nightingale Forums

Full Version: Playing M4A files
You're currently viewing a stripped down version of our content. View the full version with proper formatting.
Hello, does anyone know why I can't play M4A files?

I know there is a thread from a few years ago about playing M4A files, but the advice there is to install Quicktime.  And since then, from what I can tell, there basically IS no more current Quicktime install.  If you go to Apple's Quicktime site, they say

"QuickTime 7 for Windows is no longer supported by Apple. New versions of Windows since 2009 have included support for the key media formats, such as H.264 and AAC, that QuickTime 7 enabled. All current Windows web browsers support video without the need for browser plug-ins. "


I actually had Quicktime on my old laptop, and Nightingale couldn't play many M4A files.  It seems like it isn't the most popular format but I'm seeing more of it recently.  Any thoughts on how to make it work in the post-Quicktime era?
You'd need a gstreamer plugin for that format, if one exists. As Nightingale's gstreamer version is antique, finding such plugin is probably not very likely (but it might work out of the box on linux, where Nightingale can use the system's gstreamer 0.1 installation iirc – but some build flags might be required there as well).

So, I wouldn't recommend to have high expectations on this issue, especially as Nightingale doesn't have active developers at the moment.
Thanks for your reply!