Can amarok play .amr files ?

Ronald S. Bultje rbultje at
Wed Nov 24 22:57:41 GMT 2004

On Wed, 2004-11-24 at 21:34, Pavel Troller wrote:
>   I've updated amarok today and I've found that now it can utilize libffmpeg
> to play various formats like wma etc. I've grabbed the libffmpeg cvs HEAD and
> configured it to support .amr format too. However, it seems although I can
> play .wma, .wmv and similar formats, handled by libffmpeg, I cannot play .amr
> files, it looks that this file type is not recognized by it.
>   Are there plans to support this format too ?

You probably mean gst-ffmpeg. Like all ffmpeg-utilizing applications and
libraries, GStreamer uses a custom, statically-linked version of ffmpeg.
Your customly installed libffmpeg will not be used. Reason is that
ffmpeg is not ABI- or API-stable and will never be. Also, the version of
ffmpeg included in GStreamer does not link to any third-party libraries
such as faad, faac, amr or any of the other optional dependencies in
ffmpeg. We strongly believe that it's more appropriate to write an
actual GStreamer plugin for those libraries. It'll provide you more
features and it'll be more efficient, too.

Therefore, if you want GStreamer to support AMR files, I'd suggest to
write a AMR decoder plugin or AMR lib wrapper plugin for GStreamer.


Ronald S. Bultje <rbultje at>

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