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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?

Actually, it will: If you use your PC to load the contents of the MP3 CD-R into the player ahead of time, it will play the files just fine.

It just doesn't have a CD mechanism built directly into the player. The designers felt that having room for two shock-mounted hard disks was much more useful than having a CD drive in the player.

Yes, there are other CD player products on the market which will also play MP3 CD-R discs. Sure, they're cheaper, but they'll never be as good as the Rio Car player.

The whole point of the player is so that you can have your entire music collection in the car with you at all times, without the need to shuffle CDs in and out of a player or a changer.

CD-R discs are limited to about 650 megabytes of data. At a mediocre encoding rate of 128kbps, that gives you room for about 10-12 albums' worth of MP3 files on a single CD-R. This is no better than a CD changer, and you'd still have to carry a big stack of discs around in order to have a truly large variety of music at your disposal. The Rio Car, on the other hand, allows you to go completely without CDs of any kind, and can store vast amounts of music.

There are also issues with the access and index times of MP3 CD-R systems. When you first insert a CD-R into one of these cheaper players, the disc must be indexed, so there is a pause as the player reads the information. For most, there is also a pause between songs or when you skip forward to the next track. These operations are essentially instantaneous on the Rio Car.

Finally, the advanced database features of the Rio Car, such as searching, hierarchical playlists, filters, bookmarks, etc., are all made possible because the player has hard disks instead of the read-only medium of a burned CD.

·  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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