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AAC (.m4a) file can play in Quicktime player... but not in iTunes!

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I have QuickTime player v7.6.9. I also have iTunes 10.2.1.1

I have an AAC-encoded file which can play perfectly in the QuickTime player. It shows the song has a duration of 3:46.

I tried to add this to my iTunes library. It shows up with a duration of 789:57:13 and iTunes refuses to play it... just moves on to the next song on the list.

What's this all about?
AMD, Windows XP
  • ed2345 Level 6 Level 6 (18,465 points)
    jvalatka wrote:


    Say, wouldn't it be nice if iTunes would actually FIX the file on its own in the first place... or at least be a little more receptive to any AAC file you can throw at it like its QuickTime brother?


    Yes, it would be nice, but unfortunately the opposite is true: iTunes is one of the most finicky players, and often has trouble with files having even minor corruption that does not bother QT or other players.

    The error in displaying duration is usually a problem with VBR header. The brute force approach - converting to WAV and back - works as well as anything.
    Windows 7, and 16GB Nano

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