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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by funkyseasider, May 31, 2011.

  1. funkyseasider

    funkyseasider Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Hi there,

    Recently upgraded to the Samsung Galaxy S II form the Galaxy S and I kept all my music on the SD card. My music library was originally from iTunes with a mishmash of mp3 wma and m4a files and I successfully got it working on my Galaxy S with all the right album art and recognised all file types. All I did on upgrade was to transfer the SD card from one phone to the other. Simples. However with the Galaxy S II the Samsung Music Player doesn't appear to recognise the m4a files anymore. Its exactly the same media library.... (physically!)

    I notice on the Galaxy S II I don't get the "Media scanner running..." in the notification bar anymore like I did with the Galaxy S whenever I disconnected the USB...

    Anyone got any ideas? Is there a simple setting to get the player to recognise m4a.

  2. daz_2000

    daz_2000 Android Enthusiast

    Mine plays m4a do they have drm?
  3. funkyseasider

    funkyseasider Lurker
    Thread Starter

    I believe so as they were imported into iTunes through the original CD. The exact same m4a files worked with the Galaxy S....
  4. stevehy

    stevehy Well-Known Member

    The fact that media scan is not running tells me it does not see that there is an SD card inserted. I would remove in reinsert making sure the contacts are I believe down (look in the pdf manual). If it still does not go through the media scanning, I would try a reset of the SG2.
  5. lotus49

    lotus49 Android Expert

    As I learnt recently, m4a supports multiple codecs. AAC is supported by Android (although not all the metadata is read correctly) but Apple Lossless isn't.

    Although I would have preferred not to, I have had to perform surgery on my iTunes database to get it to play nicely with my SGS2 and I have converted all my m4a (Apple Lossless) files into mp3.

    Sadly the integration with iTunes is very poor, even if you are prepared to shell out for an expensive 3rd party application. In fact, integration with anything seems to be pretty crap.

    This is a great phone, but when it comes to syncing, Apple have got Samsung knocked into a cocked hat - they are streets ahead.
  6. tonicboy

    tonicboy Newbie

    Hi, I'm having the same issue. I have m4a files ripped by iTunes as non-DRM files. I can play them in multiple non-iTunes players, but the default music player for my Galaxy S2 doesn't see them. If I use Astro File Manager, I can see the actual files in my media folder and I can even play them (using "Music Player", which seems to be different than the default "Music" app),so I know for a fact that my phone can and will play m4a files. It's just an issue of getting the Music app to recognize these files. I suppose I could try to find a replacement music app which doesn't have this issue... any recommendations?
  7. heshanj

    heshanj Android Expert

    hmm.. i think if ur going to be using ur android to play music, ur better off converting all to mp3. i tried it too, and my Music app played all the files fine, it recognized them, but the artist/title info and artwork were all over the place. mp3 works beautifully. if ur looking for a great player, i heartily recommend UberMusic. its a new app, and for smooth UI and looks, tis the best :D
  8. BCwrangler

    BCwrangler Newbie

    Download the free Mediafix from the market.....do a scan and magically converts them
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  9. phrnk

    phrnk Newbie

    You can also convert non drm iTunes audio files to mp3 using the iTunes application on your pc. You'll find the option under import settings.
  10. tonicboy

    tonicboy Newbie

    Ok so apparently the problem is with the media scanning itself not recognizing the tags of m4a files and filing them all as Artist "Unknown". Thanks for the tip, BCwrangler, Mediafix did the trick.
  11. PyleStyle

    PyleStyle Lurker

    I can't even get the files on my SD card. It only gives me the option to "skip" or "stop the operation". Because I can't even get them on my phone, I can't use the Mediafix app.

    Any ideas?

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