Volumio is wonderful, but it continues to struggle in one particular scenario: playing the daily BBC Global News Podcast. THe problem has persisted for a long time, and every so often I like to write about it in the hope that someone has encountered it and solved it.
The error behavior has changed as Volumio has matured. The desired outcome is to be able to play this podcast using Volumio’s Podcast plug-in, ideally with the FusionDSP plug-in also activated (I love its headphone-based equalization). At present, when I ask Volumio to fetch & play the podcast in the Podcast plug-in’s UI, the podcast plays at a super-accelerated rate that’s impossible to understand. If I use another application and direct its output towards Volumio via UPnP-playto, I get the same accelerated playback. If I do the same thing using AirPlay for stream redirection rather than UPnP, playback is comprehensible but there are periodic audio dropouts, say, every 30 seconds or so.
In testing I’ve also eliminated the internet aspect by pre-downloading the podcast to a local drive served by UPnP. The podcast itself seems to be a garden-variety MP3 file and I’ve played it in several different apps without a problem. Sadly Volumio’s behavior with a local MP3 file mirrors its behavior with a network-sourced podcast - accelerated playback as a local MP3 or when Volumio is a UPnP playback destination, and periodic skipping when using AirPlay. The podcast MP3 file itself plays normally in lots of apps on different OS’s, and for grins I downloaded it to a few portable audio players with equally correct results.
Also worth noting, I listen to several other news podcasts within Volumio correctly - no problems, all good. I’ve considered pre-treating the BBC podcast file using rubberband for deceleration and downshifting the pitch, but that would be a desperation step.
Am I the only Volumio user who listens to the BBC Global News Podcast? Does anybody have better results than mine?