File Not Playable?
I just bought the Ambling Pro Edition for use on my Archos 70 tablet. I had a couple of mp3 library books that I transferred from my SD card into Ambling. When I tried to play the books, the screen shows "File Not Playable". At the top of the screen I get a message that the file is playing, but there's no sound and the progress bar at the bottom of the screen doesn't move.
I'm hoping someone can help me to understand what I'm doing wrong. Thanks.
The "File Not Playable" message is shown by the player if the Android media system returns an error while attempting to play the file.
Can you try to play this same file with the default Android media player to see if it plays correctly with that player?
Same issue on Archos101
On the Archos101, the Ambling application installs fine, but the downloaded audiobooks show as "file not playable". The files cannot be played in the default media application as they ae downloaded. If I rename from .ab to .mp3, then they can be played in the standard media application,but of course no longer in the Ambling application. According to the Appslib market place the Ambling app is approved for the Archos101. Did a recent update break this?
There is an "Add .ab Extension" option in the preference settings which controls whether the player leaves the file extensions as .mp3 or modifies the extensions to be .mp3.ab
This setting is enabled by default so that the downloaded audiobook files do not get mixed up with your music files.
If you uncheck this setting then the player will leave the file extension as .mp3 when it downloads the audiobook files.
Please try unchecking this setting and then downloading a book to see if the problem is that the Archos devices will not play the audio files when the file extension does not end in .mp3
Please let me know if this does or does not help.
I just had a user send me email to confirm that changing the preference setting to not add the .ab file extension resolved the "file not playable" problem that he was having.
It appears that there are now some Android devices which cannot play an .mp3 file unless the file name ends in the .mp3 file extension. We will make a change in the player for this.
"The current version of the player should work fine if you go to the preference settings and uncheck the "Add .ab Extension" option.
You will need to download the files again after changing the option, as unchecking the box only changes whether future downloads get named with the .ab file extension, it will not modify the files you previously downloaded.