How to play a wave file?

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Re: How to play a wave file?

Post by Charles Hansen » Sat May 28, 2011 7:55 pm

sbooth wrote:In that case maybe iTunes didn't convert the WAVE properly, because the bit depth shouldn't have changed. What does Decibel show as the bit depth in the Inspector?
This is a HORRIBLE bug in iTunes and/or QuickTime!

If you start with a 24-bit file, convert it to ALAC, and then back to the original format, it will only be a 16-bit file.


Get a Windows machine and run dBpoweramp instead. I know that one works. I haven't tried Max nor XLD, so I can't speak to those.

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Re: How to play a wave file?

Post by darthlaker » Sat May 28, 2011 11:30 pm

ok, on my PC use dbpoweramp and convert the file to what format?

earlier i did convert the wave file to a flac on my pc and saved the file on a dvdrom

and then when i put the dvdrom in my mac it recognized the original wave file but the flac file was not even seen by the mac on the dvdrom..yet both files were visible on my pc (!!)

any ideas?!

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Re: How to play a wave file?

Post by sbooth » Sun Jun 12, 2011 8:30 pm

As an update to this thread, it seems there are certain WAVE files that Core Audio just refuses to open. As of Decibel 1.2.4, I've added support for many more WAVE variants thanks to libsndfile. More information on the prerelease is at

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