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Monkey's Audio codec for fw 2.0.34+

Sun Oct 28, 2007 10:25 am

Heres my version of the Monkey's Audio codec for the 2.0.34 (or higher) firmware.
Please run the sonata application at least once before making these changes (the sonata application makes a number of files the first time it is ever run).

This codec has a number of known limitations:
* It will only play version 3.97, 3.98 and 3.99 version files
* Decoder only supports 16-bit files
* PhotoBridge does not have the CPU resources to playback insane (level 5000) Monkey's Audio files
* Extra high (compression level 4000) files may not playback correctly (stuttering playback) due to CPU requirements

Two possible ways of installing this, the easy way (just click on an icon to install) or the techie way (using telnet etc.).

Easy Method

Download the following package

Unzip the contents on your computer (keep the directory structure).

Create a directory (lets say codecs) on a compact flash card or network share and copy the contents of the zip file into this directory.

You should be then ready to install - an icon should be on the desktop (in the share or compact flash card where you installed the files) - the

application will be called


Click on this.

You should now be able to play your Monkey's Audio files!

Important Note This install script does not copy the codec into the internal memory of the PhotoBridge - the codec is stored in the directory you created on the compact flash card (or network share). If the PhotoBridge cannot see the codec (say you've removed the compact flash card that you stored the codec on) then you can't play your Monkey's Audio files.

More details in the readme file enclosed in the zip file.

Techie Method

Step 1

Add the following lines


to the end of the file


Step 2

After extracting from the zip file, copy the file

to the directory


Note I would suggest that you store the Monkey's Audio codec (as well as any other third party codecs) in a shared folder or on a compact flash card and put a symbolic link in the /etc/rokucascade/codecs directory linking to that particular codec file - this will keep space free in the internal storage area.


This should now mean that the sonata application will be able to see files ending in either .ape or .mac (Monkey's Audio files) extension, and hopefully be able to play them!

Please treat this codec as a work-in-progress!
Let me know if you've any problems.

For more information about the Monkey's Audio codec in general, please visit

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