Opened 17 months ago

Last modified 6 months ago

#7747 new defect

Crackling noises in audio on iPod

Reported by: forthrin Owned by:
Priority: normal Component: undetermined
Version: unspecified Keywords: aac
Cc: Blocked By:
Blocking: Reproduced by developer: no
Analyzed by developer: no


Some converted audio and video files get sporadic cracking noises during playback on an iPod Nano 3rd generation.

It can happen dozens of times during 30 minutes. Some times 3 times per second, some times 20 seconds apart. There is no clear pattern.

Enclosed is a small excerpt that includes:

  1. An original input file
  2. The output file from FFmpeg
  3. What the output file sounds like when played on the iPod (played through a speaker and recorded with a microphone)

The command line was a simple ffmpeg -i original.ac3 converted.m4a. Version is latest Git head, run on macOS.

What could cause these crackling noises? Is this a known issue? How can I prevent them from occurring?

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Change History (3)

Changed 17 months ago by forthrin

comment:1 Changed 17 months ago by forthrin

I forgot to mention that the crackling noise only comes from the LEFT audio channel. The sound in the right channel is always fine.

Also, the crackling always happens in the same places, so it has something to do with the audio data, or how the iPod interprets them, since the file plays fine in other players on macOS.

Last edited 17 months ago by forthrin (previous) (diff)

comment:2 Changed 6 months ago by cehoyos

  • Keywords aac added

Please provide the command line you tested together with the complete, uncut console output to make this a valid ticket.

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