Thats the thing. A 6 month old installation I had was working ok (in fact this is the one that I check out internet radio on).
When I dediced to reinstall after a core collapse from multiple updates (messages from hybrid/core that HAL device died, etc) everything was ok but WMA playback. Cant seem to figure out why.
MP3's play ok, winamp-based radio sites play ok. Nothing with WMA though (or windows codec v2 as xine reports it)
The only inconsistencies I discovered (and reported on my previous message) were concenrning the ffmpeg library mismatch.
After replacing (symlink) all ffmpeg-related files with pluto-ffmpeg binaries, the same problem persists.
All this is true in the case of media directors on all my core installations (I have 3 systems running), but in all systems squeezeslaves/squeezeboxes reproduce all (mp3,wma) streams ok.