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My Dell Digital Jukebox refuses to connect to my computer. I plugged it in the first time and it said docked. I unplugged it to see if it would then connect to my main computer and it did not. I returned to plug it in to my laptop then it wouldn't connect to that either. I tried reinstalling the drivers on both the laptop and the main computer but to no avail. On my leptop the DJ gets recognized. After a few minutes sometimes a bubble will pop up that says "Found New Software: Dell DJ" but I open up my computer and try to get on it and it says that the player is not connected. How can i get the bloody thing to work?

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    Rhapsody does not support Dell Pocket DJ. What music services can be used with it?

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Download the new Rhapsody player I just attached it to the player and it worked great takes a little to to transfer but it is good. I have the Gen.1 player.

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