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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? 
·  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?

The most important thing to consider is that you should have your tags carefully filled out ahead of time. Correct song tag information is important for many of the Rio Car's features. It is possible to correct errors in your tags after sending them to the Rio Car, but it's much easier to have everything well organized before sending the songs to the player in the first place.

As far as MP3 encoding quality is concerned, remember that the Rio Car has very high quality audio output circuitry, so it's important to make sure that your MP3 files are up to it. I recommend 160kbps or higher. Variable bit rate files are a good thing, and are fully supported on the car player.

Finally, it's a good idea to organize your MP3 files on your PC's hard disk in a directory structure that mirrors the playlists you plan to create on the player. For instance, if you want to organize things by artist/album on the player, then put album folders inside artist folders on your PC's hard disk. If you like to organize by Genre, you can do it that way instead.

Read the MP3 creation section of this FAQ for more details.


·  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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