[LAU] best FLAC player?

Gwenhwyfaer gwenhwyfaer at gmail.com
Fri Nov 20 10:24:58 EST 2009

On 20/11/2009, hollunder at gmx.at <hollunder at gmx.at> wrote:
>> Is it a variable-rate MP3, by any chance? In which case, it's probably
>> dividing the length of the song in bytes by the bitrate of the first
>> frame; no really good way to fix that, other than by recording the
>> real song length (or mean bitrate) somewhere else.
> I'm sure there is a good way to fix that, just few players implement
> it. I'm sure the length can be found in some header or tag or
> something. Foobar2k manages to show it correctly, so should others.

Well, there is one way to fix it - read the entire MP3 file at once
(since you only really care about the length of a file which you
already have all of) and counting each frame, without looking at the
bitrate. But for players which treat files and streams identically, I
guess an iffy time display is quite a way down on the list of sins.

Mind, there's no excuse whatsoever for my portable MP3 player getting
it wrong. ;-)

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