I have recently bought an apple desktop.
I have also downloaded the latest i tunes 8 which was recommended for the rio.
I cant burn music onto the Rio, well it downloads but in i tune format which the player does not recognize.
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Re: rio carbon 5 gig mp3
The Rio Carbon will not play songs from iTunes unless they are in mp3 format. If you cannot download the songs in this format then I would recommend a program such as mediacoder to convert the tracks. I don't know why iTunes was recommended for the Rio but I would just use drag and drop into the folder called Music on your Rio.
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You cannot restore the player without a computer but by formatting your drive and re-loading the Rio Carbon Firmware, you can reset it to factory settings. The Developers cut firmware (latest (unofficial) firmware) is still available here: http://biomoose.com/files/rio/carbon%203.04.EXE
Try to transfer the tracks from the explorer.
1Connect the Rio Carbon to a computer using the supplied USB cable. 2Double-click My Computer on the Windows Desktop or in the Start Menu. 3Locate MP3 or WMA audio files on the computer. 4Highlight files and/or folders to transfer to the Rio Carbon. 5Click Edit. 6Click Copy. 7Double-click My Computer on the Windows Desktop or in the Start Menu to open another window. 8In the new window, locate the Rio Carbon (X:) icon that is associated with the Rio Carbon. (X equals the drive
letter assigned to the Rio Carbon.) 9Double-click Rio Carbon (X:). 10Click Edit. 11Click Paste.
I would advise getting a new player now because although the Rio carbon was good in it's day it's kinda lacking in features and tech in comparison to other newer players. Although I have one I would not get another one unless I bought it cheap to repair my current one.
I am afraid that I do not know if the iTunes podcast transferal would work with other players as I have not ever tried it.
MP4's are a video format so they are not likely to replace mp3 audio files!
Personally I would not buy an ipod unless you want a lot of storage and then I would recommend an ipod classic but if you are wanting a smaller capacity player then I would recommend looking into the samsung players but it depends on what you like the look of. I like touchscreen devices so I would probably buy a samsung YP-P2 but it is intirely down to personal preference.
When Microsoft initiated the DRM system, any Rio Carbon that was hooked into Windows Media Player had the previously working files invalidated. Happened to me as well. The player lasted me three years, and that is about as long as any Mp3 player is going to last we are finding out b/c of all the software snafus.