[MPlayer-users] ASF Audio-Only in the neer future?

Jonathan Thorpe thorpe at linuxmail.org
Fri Jan 25 04:01:02 CET 2002

I've been closely following MPlayer's progress closely over the last few months and have been very impressed with the number of formats it's capable of handling.

I was even more impressed when I discovered mms:// (Microsoft Streaming Media) support was included and found that ASF video media streams were playing great. Some of them however are Audio-Only and whilst I understand MPlayer is a media player and not a plan audio player (yes, I read the FAQ and docs), it would be very nice to have steaming audio-only playback.

Could it be that difficult to implement? The reason why I say this is because I've tested a few streaming audio URLs (mms:// and plan http) and whilst they don't play at all, MPlayer appears to be interpreting it and the streams are actually downloading (I'll attach my logs below - for what it's worth)

Has anyone by any chance come across a patch that allows the playing of these audio formats without video?

One of the URLs I frequently listen to (at the mo, I'm using VMware -  which is a little extreme to play streaming media files!) is (which MPlayer appears to be able to download, but not interpret properly).

MPlayer 0.60- (C) 2000-2002 Arpad Gereoffy (see DOCS!) CPU vendor name: AuthenticAMD  max cpuid level: 1
CPU: Advanced Micro Devices Athlon TB Thunderbird (Type: 6, Stepping: 2)
extended cpuid-level: 6
CPUflags: Type: 6 MMX: 1 MMX2: 1 3DNow: 1 3DNow2: 1 SSE: 0 SSE2: 0
Compiled for x86 CPU with features: MMX MMX2 3DNow 3DNowEx
Reading /root/.mplayer/codecs.conf: 26 audio & 70 video codecs
font: can't open file: /root/.mplayer/font/font.desc
font: can't open file: /usr/local/share/mplayer/font/font.desc
Using usleep() timing
Connecting to server ...
protocol: HTTP/1.0
http minor version: 0
uri: (null)
method: (null)
status code: 200
reason phrase: OK
 0 - Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2002 02:39:52 GMT
 1 - Content-Length: 84
 2 - Content-Type: video/x-ms-asf
 3 - Server: Cougar
 4 - Via: 1.0 BPA_netcache_nsw3 (NetCache NetApp/5.1D5)
Content-Type: [video/x-ms-asf]
Content-Length: [84]
Connected to server:
Trying ASF/HTTP...
Connecting to server ...
read: 274
=====> ASF Live stream
=====> ASF header chunk follows
Got chunk
Size 2 read=518
Connecting to server ...
read: 274
=====> ASF Live stream
Stream not seekable!
=====> ASF header chunk follows
Detected ASF file format!
Stream not seekable!

(It sits there, downloads media, but doesn't play. Only terminates when I tell it to).

Any information would be most appreciated.


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