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  1. Hallo I'm looking for the best workflow to transfer my music files into an emby library by preserving (must have) track rating and (nice to have) album rating. I have about 28k tracks. Approximately 75% ALAC / m4a; about 20% AAC and another 5% mp3. I have about some hundred audiobooks / audio drama - most of them ALAC / m4b. About 60% of my music tracks are rated (=> 17 k tracks); about 30% of my music albums are rated. I want to preserve this ratings and want to transfer the ratings into emby. But how? The iTunes app (MacOS) doesn't write ratings (track / album) into metadata of the files. The ratings are stored in an XML file. (As far as I understand). First Approach: Within iTunes write rating into Metadata field Comment (iTunes MP4: @cmt) or Genre (iTunes MP4: @gen) Within MacOS app "Switch" change ALAC to FLAC (necessary step as iTunes MP4 can't store rating metadata (right?) which probably works without quality loss for ALAC. For AAC / mp3 this is not very attractive... Within MusicBrainzPicard (MacOS) use Script to set Metadata field (ID3v2: POPM) to my track rating (extract from field Comment or Genre) There is no Metadata field for album rating - I guess this information will stay in Comment / Genre (... and be lost ...) Transfer audio files (FLAC with Metadata) into emby; read Metadata from file; Track ratings show up (right?) Second Approach: There might be a way to directly use the iTunes XML file to get the track ratings "into" emby (but then they are in emby ... not in my files ....) My Questions Do you know a procedure to extract track ratings directly from iTunes XML into emby? Do you think my procedure (first approach) will work? especially do you agree that it's necessary to change from ALAC to FLAC? Do you have a suggestion for my AAC and mp3 files? In addition: as FLAC-files support ID3v2 Metadata: Does the transfer from ALAC to FLAC solve the problem with multiple values for Album artists / artists (=> classical music), and can emby handle the Metadatafield Performer? (ID3v24: TMCL:instrument) or (ID3v23: IPLS:instrument)? Thanks for helping!
  2. I'm running emby on Synology NAS (DSM 6.xx). I'm using iOS 14 Phone / iPad and iMac (Catalina) to play music. I would like to ask wether the lossless audio files are transcoded to be played or not. As far as I understand (see https://support.emby.media/support/solutions/articles/44001161688-ios) emby can direct play Flac only. ALAC / m4a is not listed. As far as I understand there might be a second bottleneck to overcome: the iOS device "normally" transcodes to AAC before playing. So does the embay-ios app follow this procedure? Or do I listen to hi-res lossless audio? (if my file is lossless audio). In addition - what about m4b? is this format also ready for direct play?
  3. michael.travan

    ALAC/m4a files playback error

    Hello everybody, since I started using Emby (2-3 months now), I've never been able to play my ALAC/m4a hires audio files. Every time I try to play a file, the "no compatible streams" error comes up. This happens on macOS version of Emby (last update), on the webOS version, but it doesn't happen on my iOS device. Think I've read any thread on the matter, to no avail. Thanks for any help on this Logs follow --- hardware_detection-63721763186.txt embyserver.txt
  4. Hey everybody, I keep my music in FLAC and ALAC (.m4a) files. All devices in my house (a mixture of iOS/Android apps, web clients, Roku) are able to play the FLAC files directly and the same goes for ALAC; except when I use Safari as the web client for some reason. This happens using Safari on MacOS and iOS. It would be odd if Apple's own browser didn't support Apple's own audio formats. I did a search to see if I could find a list of audio formats supported by Safari, but I found nothing. So is this simply a limitation of Safari? Thanks!
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