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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? 
·  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?
 (Entry last updated on July 3rd, 2006)

The Rio Car player was made long before the iPod or iTunes existed. So iTunes cannot be used to manage the songs on it. You must use Emplode or Jemplode to manage the songs on the player. Note that Jemplode is cross-platform and will work fine on an Apple Macintosh. Click here for more information about which operating systems are supported by the car player.

You can rip your CDs with iTunes, as long as you configure iTunes to make MP3 files instead of its default AAC files.

MP3 files are widely used and can be played on nearly all portable digital music players including iPods. AAC is a newer file format that does not currently enjoy as widespread compatibility as MP3 has. Due to the end of life status of the Rio Car, it is highly unlikely AAC support will ever be added.

If you use iTunes and you have already saved all of your songs in AAC format, you must convert them all to MP3 before you can put them on the car player. One way to do this is just to re-rip your CDs in iTunes, configured so that it makes MP3 files instead of AAC files. If you have purchased songs from the iTunes online service, those files are copy-protected and must have the copy protection removed in order to convert them to other formats. Methods for converting audio files to the MP3 format are discussed here.

Note that it is possible to get mt-daapd running on a Rio Car, thus making its library of MP3s visible on a network as if it were an iTunes server. This isn't for novices, however, as it can be tricky to install.

·  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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