Transcoding Flac Music for Alexa

server-freebsd

#1

Hi, I am having a little problem with my Plex server and transcoding music from FLAC to whatever Alexa wants. When I invoke Alexa to ask plex to play a song "Alexa ask plex to play song waterloo", it responds "playing waterloo by abba...." But no music is played. This song is encoded in FLAC. I have other music stored in MP3 and it plays fine. I looked into the logs and found the following output started immediately after making the request. I am at a loss to understand what the log is trying to tell me.

I am running plex on an FreeNAS 11. Any suggestions concerning how I might debug this problem would be appreciated

Jun 07, 2018 05:58:12.660 [0x80cf66000] INFO - [PlexRelay] Allocated port 19543 for remote forward to localhost:32401
Jun 07, 2018 05:58:14.715 [0x80c32f200] ERROR - Throttle: timed out trying to read chunk -1
Jun 07, 2018 05:58:16.212 [0x815ed9000] ERROR - Throttle: timed out trying to read chunk 26
Jun 07, 2018 05:58:17.182 [0x80bb2ba00] ERROR - Throttle: timed out trying to read chunk 23
Jun 07, 2018 05:58:19.419 [0x80bb06d00] ERROR - Throttle: timed out trying to read chunk 35
Jun 07, 2018 05:58:21.170 [0x80cc3c700] ERROR - Throttle: timed out trying to read chunk 42
...
...
...
Jun 07, 2018 05:59:44.448 [0x80b224000] ERROR - Throttle: timed out trying to read chunk 29
Jun 07, 2018 05:59:45.799 [0x80ce2a500] ERROR - Throttle: timed out trying to read chunk 13
Jun 07, 2018 05:59:47.348 [0x80cc29900] ERROR - Throttle: timed out trying to read chunk 23
Jun 07, 2018 05:59:49.048 [0x815fd2600] ERROR - Throttle: timed out trying to read chunk 25
Jun 07, 2018 05:59:50.372 [0x80cc8f300] ERROR - Throttle: timed out trying to read chunk 10
Jun 07, 2018 05:59:52.293 [0x80c32f200] ERROR - Throttle: timed out trying to read chunk 29
Jun 07, 2018 05:59:53.094 [0x815ed9000] ERROR - Throttle: timed out trying to read chunk 12
Jun 07, 2018 05:59:54.942 [0x80bb2ba00] ERROR - Throttle: timed out trying to read chunk 31
Jun 07, 2018 05:59:56.689 [0x80bb06d00] ERROR - Throttle: timed out trying to read chunk 32
Jun 07, 2018 05:59:57.769 [0x80cc3c700] ERROR - Throttle: timed out trying to read chunk 12
Jun 07, 2018 05:59:59.870 [0x80cc3a900] ERROR - Throttle: timed out trying to read chunk 27
Jun 07, 2018 06:00:01.934 [0x80b122400] ERROR - Throttle: timed out trying to read chunk 26
Jun 07, 2018 06:00:32.317 [0x80cc3cc00] ERROR - Failed to delete session directory (boost::filesystem::remove: No such file or directory: "/var/db/plexdata/Plex Media Server/Cache/Transcode/Sessions/plex-transcode-ab3eb00c-2744-482e-bc82-5a31fe7b398b-2499fa9c-6240-4b74-8ee0-f7ee4b5d7dc4/chunk-00005")


#2

I guess it's related to the plex server bug that exists since last year…

Plex server is not able to transcode flac anymore since, see:
https://forums.plex.tv/discussion/comment/1681278#Comment_1681278


#3

Thanks xlr23.
I have decided to create a transcoded library of my music at 320 bps. Not quite as good as FLAC and more of a pain to manage keeping the FLAC and the MP3 versions in sync. I haven't found any really good software to do this for me. Using something called FlacSquisher that will clone the directory structure and generate MP3s for all the FLACs. But it is not fully capable for things like noticing when a FLAC is changed or deleted and cannot manage the other files in my library.

Again, thanks for responding. It is appreciated.


#4

Wait Plex cant trans code FLAC and this bug has been around for more than a year ?! Wtf plex devs, at least respond.
I use itunes, so I convert my FLAC to ALAC which are both lossless (practically the same) and dont have any problems, you guys may want to try that.