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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.?
 (Entry last updated on May 4th, 2008)

As of software version 2.0, the player will play MP2, MP3, WMA (unprotected), and WAV files. Variable bit rate MP3 files are fully supported.

Other formats are not supported at this time, due to a lack of demand. OGG and FLAC have been added in the version 3.0 software, although that version was Alpha when development on it was stopped.

You should be able to convert other formats into MP3 or WMA, provided that there's not any Digital Rights Management (DRM) copy-protection to get around. Many file formats can be converted using utilities found by doing a web search.

Please note that songs purchased from Apple's iTunes service are both (a) copy protected using a proprietary Apple scheme, and (b) encoded in AAC format, which is not supported by the empeg (or anything other than an iPod for the most part). Some utilities are available to work around this, such as the Hymn project.

If you can't transcode a file directly into MP3, then at the very least you should be able to use something like Total Recorder to do the conversion for you. Also keep in mind that many of these kinds of files (such as iTunes files) can be burned as audio tracks onto an audio CD, which you can then turn around and rip as an MP3. Please have a peek at this entry for things to keep in mind regarding audio file format conversion.

·  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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