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Installing Codecs

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A codec or DirectShow filter is the software for decoding a digital data stream. The standard Windows installation does not contain decoders for FLAC and Ogg files, or WavPack files (.wv), so you must install them if you want to play these files.

The FLAC and Ogg codecs can be downloaded and installed from the official Xiph website. Install 'opencodecs_0.85.17777.exe' or later.

The WavPack filters are here. Download and install the 'DirectShow filter, Windows CoreWavpack Installer (64-bit version)'.


You should only install codecs from trusted, authorized sources, such as the official website of the codec manufacturer, e.g. xiph.org. Be careful when you install codecs that you've found on the Internet, particularly the free codec packs that claim to include codecs from many companies, because these codec packs might include software that can damage your PC or may cause compatibility problems. If you've installed any codec packs and are having problems with the Music Player, we recommend that you remove them.