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rio car dot org FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)



Category: Main -> Basic questions about the car player and the company
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·  What is the difference between the empeg Car and the Rio Car? 
·  Has the Rio Car been discontinued? 
·  Where can I buy one? 
·  Will there ever be a car player Mark 3? 
·  What came in the box with the Rio Car player? 
·  What are the basic specifications of the player? 
·  How does the Rio Car compare to other car MP3 players on the market? 

·  How is the music organized on the player? Is it easy to find a given tune?

The music organization is very flexible. This is the player's strongest feature.

You can create free-form trees of hierarchical playlists, or you can organize by artist and album. You can also do both at the same time without wasting any disk space on duplicated songs.

You can also perform alphanumeric searches by song, by artist, by album, by genre, or by year. You can queue up songs, jukebox-style, without interrupting playback of the current song.

You can listen to your albums in strict sequential order, or you can shuffle the entire player's contents. The capacity is so large that you can shuffle the player's root directory and take a cross-country trip without hearing the same song twice.

If you hear an artist you like, you can press a key and it will randomly select another song by the same artist. You can also do this by album, genre, or year.

It's so flexible that it changes the way you listen to your music. No longer are you limited to the CD/Track mentality (although you're welcome to use it that way if you prefer). You are fully in control of your entire music collection. It's like being the program director of a radio station that plays only your favorite songs.


·  Do I need to know Linux to use the Rio Car player? 
·  How are the hard disks going to hold up to the vibration of a car? 
·  Can I use the Rio Car player in an audio competition? 
·  Why were laptop drives used? Desktop drives are cheaper. 
·  Why doesn't it play MP3 CD-R discs? 
·  Why doesn't it have a removable faceplate? Why must the whole unit be pulled from the dash? 
·  Why only 10BaseT ethernet? Why didn't you put 100BaseT on the Mark 2 player? 
·  Do I need a separate amplifier, or will the Rio Car drive my speakers directly? 
·  How do I put music onto the player? Do I need to bring a laptop into the car? 
·  What operating systems are supported? 
·  What kind of music files will it play? Will it play VQF/AAC/MPEG4/OGG/MP3Pro, etc.? 
·  Does the player work with iTunes? 
·  Does the player support audio books? 
·  Does the tuner support XM radio or Sirius radio? 
·  What RDS features does the tuner support? 
·  What parts of the software are open-source? 
·  I want to start encoding my CD collection for use on the Rio Car now! Is there anything I need to keep in mind? 
·  What is the largest disk drive I can put in the player? 
·  What do all the buttons do? 
·  What does the serial number represent? 
·  How do I upgrade my software? 
·  How can I get a replacement blue lens? The official Rio add-on lens kits don't have blue. 
·  What is the 'Security' slot on the back of the player for? 
·  If my player is stolen, is there anything I can do? 
·  If I purchase a player second-hand, will the one-year warranty still be honored? 
·  How do I get support or repairs? 


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