I'm trying to find a pattern for what AAC-tracks can be successfully shared with iTunes local network sharing to other machines running iTunes, in this case v10.6.1. I can tell that Max-encoded tracks from CD or other lossless formats only plays sometimes and and that iTunes-encoded tracks work quite often but not always. Purchased tracks from iTMS seem to always work though.
Apple Lossless and Mp3s in contrast always work no matter what the source. Max is an open source audio application available on Mac OS X. It wraps and gives an UI to several open source software audio software packages and supports many different audio formats.
As the issue isn't seemingly consistent with source and origin, what could the problem be? Any ideas? This doesn't seem to be an Apple-induced intentional behaviour to me as iTunes reasonably would be more explicit about what's going on then.
Perhaps it's the specific type of AAC that is the key issue here and if so it's the specific type I can always share that I would like to identify.
In Max you can choose:
- MPEG-4 HE AAC
- MPEG-4 HE AAC v2
and also VBR of course. "HE" = High Effective". I've only used the first option, typically at 120 to 256kbps. In iTunes I've used 224 to 320 kbps during the years, VBR sometimes.
I guess I need to set up a test case. But perhaps these details are already known to you? If so, please let me (and other readers) know. I'll report what I find here.