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On 2/26/2019 at 7:10 PM, blaubär said:

Yes, it's in the tags, and shown in the audio info and tag info.

Thanks, but I obviously misphrased my question: is there a formal way of checking whether a given file is encoded for gapless playback without using Poweramp? After all, my problem is that Poweramp won't play these tracks gaplessly, so I wouldn't expect it to acknowledge that they're gapless. On the other hand, Windows Media Player will play them gaplessly, and as far as I can tell it isn't able to do that with files that aren't encoded for gapless playback - so I want some way of checking that I can reasonably trust.

EDIT: I have just done some tests and have found the following: if I rip tracks from a CD in wma format with Windows Media Player 12, they play gaplessly in Media Player but do not play gaplessly in Poweramp (and Poweramp does not say "gapless" in the audio info). I believe that these tracks are encoded for gapless playback on the grounds that they play gaplessly on Media Player and that the Wikipedia page for gapless playback says "Windows Media Audio encoded with Windows Media Player 9 can be gapless with Windows Media Player 9 and onwards". Therefore I conclude that Poweramp will not play (these) gapless wmas gaplessly. Is Poweramp really able to play gapless wmas without gaps?

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I brought this issue up.

FACT:  I can take the exact two same files and play them on Poweramp V2 without any stutter between tracks.  The same two identical files stutter on V3.  I can even downgrade to V2 to get them to work again with no stutter. Some functionality has been lost.

FACT: The issue occurs with mp3 files, but not WAV on V3.  Same exact tracks - WAV works; mp3 does not.

FACT: The issue occurs even when I don't store them on the SD card (i.e. I use the phone's internal storage to eliminate the possibility of "very slow storages, like slow sd cards"

FACT: The issue occurs in versions of V3 up to 816.

FACT: Poweramp absolutely blows away the competition in all respects, so I'm staying with it.  I can't even begin to describe how much better the audio quality is when I have the output set to OPENSL ES, and the stereo expansion set to 100% (note - 100% is optimal for old two-track soundboard source tapes from the 70s, such as the Grateful Dead; may need to cut it back on modern recordings).

Most important FACT: I found if enable cross-fading and set the slider to the lowest # of milliseconds, the problem is almost not noticeable, so that's what I've been using as a workaround.  I do notice on transitions into songs with "hard intros", such as Slipknot => Franklin's Tower, but for something like China Cat Sunflower => I Know You Rider, the transition is almost imperceptible.

But it should be not be lost on us that the issue simply does not occur in in Poweramp V2.

Thanks max for such a great product - I am pretty stoked with V3 now that I've discovered a workaround.

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