Audio file formats?

Volumio working perfectly on a Raspberry Pi Model B, most problems now overcome by following tips and tricks from this forum.

Most of my music library was created on a Windows PC using iTunes to rip my CD collection as AAC files or mpeg-4. Some material was purchased online as mp3 or wav, some from Apple iTunes store in Apple Lossless (ALAC) format. I understand that purchased ALAC will not play due to licencing restrictions.

Volumio finds all the directories (Windows folders) and recognises all the mp3 and wav files, they play correctly. The other file formats are just not picked up, even though the directories are listed. This is the same whether the files are on my NAS or on a USB stick on the R Pi.

I can play all file types through Volumio using Airrplay.

Anyone else experiencing this?


Plese have a look on the output of

mpd --version

Does mpd support all of your files?

pi@Volumio:~$ mpd --version
mpd (MPD: Music Player Daemon) 0.17.4

Copyright © 2003-2007 Warren Dukes
Copyright © 2008-2012 Max Kellermann
This is free software; see the source for copying conditions. There is NO

Decoders plugins:
[mad] mp3 mp2
[mpg123] mp3
[vorbis] ogg oga
[oggflac] ogg oga
[flac] flac
[sndfile] wav aiff aif au snd paf iff svx sf voc w64 pvf xi htk caf sd2
[audiofile] wav au aiff aif
[dsdiff] dff
[dsf] dsf
[faad] aac
[mpcdec] mpc
[wavpack] wv
[modplug] 669 amf ams dbm dfm dsm far it med mdl mod mtm mt2 okt s3m stm ult umx xm
[ffmpeg] 16sv 3g2 3gp 4xm 8svx aa3 aac ac3 afc aif aifc aiff al alaw amr anim apc ape asf atrac au aud avi avm2 avs bap bfi c93 cak cin cmv cpk daud dct divx dts dv dvd dxa eac3 film flac flc fli fll flx flv g726 gsm gxf iss m1v m2v m2t m2ts m4a m4b m4v mad mj2 mjpeg mjpg mka mkv mlp mm mmf mov mp+ mp1 mp2 mp3 mp4 mpc mpeg mpg mpga mpp mpu mve mvi mxf nc nsv nut nuv oga ogm ogv ogx oma ogg omg psp pva qcp qt r3d ra ram rl2 rm rmvb roq rpl rvc shn smk snd sol son spx str swf tgi tgq tgv thp ts tsp tta xa xvid uv uv2 vb vid vob voc vp6 vmd wav webm wma wmv wsaud wsvga wv wve

Output plugins:
shout null fifo alsa ao oss jack httpd

Encoder plugins:
null vorbis lame twolame wave flac

Archive plugins:
[iso] iso

Input plugins:
file archive curl ffmpeg mms spt

Playlist plugins:
extm3u m3u xspf pls asx rss despotify lastfm soundcloud cue cue

file:// http:// mms:// mmsh:// mmst:// mmsu:// gopher:// rtp:// rtsp:// rtmp:// rtmpt:// rtmps:// spt://

Which version are you using? Beta1 or Beta1.1?

I am using Beta1.

OK, Beta 1.1 works, all file types play correctly. Many thanks.

Hi Michelangelo,

just bought a UDOO board, encouraged by your description of its potential. Now I’m in the same boat here, most of my files don’t play. Would like to move from MacMini to UDOO I2S + Volumio. For this transition to be possible, some important features are missing:

  • m4a playback
  • I2S output support on UDOO
    And this one would be great as well, since I could play them all with Audirvana on the mini:
  • DSD-ISO playback with PCM output over I2S

Very new to this, so might have missed some info.

Thanks for all your efforts!

Hi all,

For the last year or so I’ve had volumio 1.55 running in a B model in the car, and a B+ at home, that both use the HiFiBerry DAC.
I really like Volumio it’s so easy to use and seems to play most audio formats without issue. Most of my music is in stereo FLAC format and the sound quality is great.

I have a DVD-A recording in a 4 channel MLP lossless file format. It plays fine through VLC media player and through the audio card in myPC, and the sound is stereo (transcoded?).

Volumio seems to play everything in stereo, except when it plays this MLP file, it seems to play in mono, and doesn’t sound very good. Is volumio capable of playing this file? (In stereo?) It’s just that I was expecting volumio to play it in stereo like everything else :slight_smile: