File Formats Supported Before transferring content to the Aurender's internal hard disk storage, it should be noted that Aurender music servers support the following file formats:
PCM - WAV, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, AAC, M4A, OGG, APE
DSD* - DSF, DFF
Bit and sample rate support varies among models. X100L, N100H, A10 - PCM up to 32bit /384kHz, 1-bit, 2.8MHz (DSD64); 1-bit, 5.6MHz (DSD128)
N10 - SPDIF : PCM up to 24-bit /192kHz, 1-bit, 2.8MHz (DSD64)USB : PCM up to 32bit /384kHz, 1-bit, 2.8MHz (DSD64); 1-bit, 5.6MHz (DSD128)
W20 - SPDIF : PCM up to 24-bit /192kHz, 1-bit, 2.8MHz (DSD64) USB: PCM up to 24bit /384kHz, 1-bit, 2.8MHz (DSD64); 1-bit, 5.6MHz (DSD128)
*Note, DSD files are delivered using DoP (DSD over PCM) version 1.2.
File Metadata Local content is accessed on the Conductor App using filter buttons across the top row that refer to commonly available metadata tags for digital audio files- Song Title, Artist (Album Artist), Album, Genre, Composer, and Conductor. If the file in question is missing any of these metadata tags, the content will not display properly using these filters, but may still be accessed by using the Folder tab to browse to and locate the specific folder the file is located in.
Album cover art is displayed based on two different criteria. If the file contains embedded cover artwork in the file metadata as a front cover image, the art will be displayed when played back. Selecting the Large Cover view will also allow the user to display back cover artwork (or a liner note tagged as a back cover art image).
When no embedded artwork is found in the file(s), the scanner will associate a .JPG or .PNG image file with the names "folder", "front", or "cover" located in the containing folder for the file, with any file in the folder when it is played back. A "back" labeled image will be displayed as back cover art when using Large Cover view.
It is recommended to check into the metadata for your local files before transferring the content to the Aurender. This will ensure a smooth end user experience and the App will function as intended.
A Note for iTunes (and other media software) Users iTunes is a very commonly used media software to manage digital music, and many new Aurender users transfer content to an Aurender from existing iTunes digital music libraries, only to find that their content is missing album artwork or is otherwise displayed improperly, while when using the same files in iTunes (or a similar software) no problems are present.
In short, iTunes, as well as some other media software, manage music files quite a bit differently than the majority of media software programs, and often use customized (non-tag based) metadata information associated with files instead of embedded tag information. It is recommended for users migrating from iTunes, to check their file metadata for album covers and other relevant metadata tag information. The most commonly mis-tagged or un-tagged file types are AIFF, WAV, and DSD files.
There are many different tag editing programs available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux platforms. Some offer automatic album art retrieval or correction of metadata tags.