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Need aac upgrade firmware My RCA Pearl 1611 says the exact same thing....need ACC firmware update...I've updated a billion times with no fix. It won't play a thing! To make matters worse, I have 2 of these crappy things that were Christmas gifts to my kids! No more RCA ANYTHING!

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My RCA Pearl gave me the AAC firmware message with some files until I followed all the troubleshooting instructions that popup when running the firmware update software. The firmware is at http://voxrightnow.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2556. The instructions say to:

run the firmware update software software,
reset the player by removing the battery or holding the power button for 10s for players with internal batteries,
hold the play button while inserting the unit into usb,
release the button once the software changes from "searching" to "initalizing",
check the box to format the data on the player,
and click start.

When I did this update without formatting, the aac fix did not work. I

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It needs aac upgrade


My RCA Pearl gave me the AAC firmware message with some files until I followed all the troubleshooting instructions that popup when running the firmware update software. The firmware with AAC upgrade is here.

Follow these instructions and it will work:

run the firmware update software software,
reset the player by removing the battery or holding the power button for 10s for players with internal batteries,
hold the play button while inserting the unit into usb,
release the button once the software changes from "searching" to "initalizing",
check the box to format the data on the player,
and click start.

When I did this update without formatting, the aac fix did not work. I

Sep 20, 2009 | RCA Pearl TH1102 MP3 Player

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Keeps telling me need aac firmware upgrade from rcaaudiovideo


I kept getting the same aac firmware message until I followed the following steps:
I downloaded the firmware upgrade from http://voxrightnow.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2243/related/1, and followed all the troubleshooting instructions that popup when you start the program:

start the program,
remove the battery,
hold the play button while plugging into usb,
release the play button when the the term "initializing" replaces "searching",
click the start button to replace the firmware.

If your computer recognizes your pearl, then backup your music first and check the "format data" box. I couldn't play aac files without formatting while upgrading the firmware.

Jul 26, 2009 | RCA TH1602 MP3 Player

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Same problem, firmware solution didn't work


Perhaps you didn't follow all the troubleshooting steps precisely? The no-battery, holding Play, & formatting? Try this solution:

When my computer wouldn't recognize my Pearl, these are the steps I followed after downloading the firmware upgrade from http://voxrightnow.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2243/related/1

remove the battery,
start the program,
hold the play button while plugging into usb,
release the play button when the term "initializing" replaces "searching",
click the start button to replace the firmware.

You might want to try leaving the "format data" box unchecked the first time. I had to do this twice and format the second time to fix the aac error, but at least I was able to backup my music after the first time.

Jul 12, 2009 | RCA TH1602 MP3 Player

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RCA pearl 1602-A won't register when plugged into USB port.


When my computer wouldn't recognize my Pearl, these are the steps I followed after downloading the firmware upgrade from http://voxrightnow.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2243/related/1

remove the battery,
start the program,
hold the play button while plugging into usb,
release the play button when the term "initializing" replaces "searching",
click the start button to replace the firmware.

You might want to try leaving the "format data" box unchecked the first time. If that doesn't work and allow you to backup your music, bite the bullet and format the data area.

After I did this, my pearl started normally, and my computer recognized it again. It also fixed my aac-error problem.

Jul 02, 2009 | RCA TH1602 MP3 Player

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Acc firmware update problem


Same here, I downloaded the firmware update that should allow aac to play but it's a no go. In my case I'm trying to play itunes (mpeg4) and it wont play. Yes I know this is a mp3 player but that's what I thought the update fixed although I may be mistaken. Funny thing is this, if I turn the volume up and down continually it will let me play the song lol. This whole incompatibility issue has to do with these bully companies blocking users from using other companies with their products (worked for microsoft so why not). Solution for me: buy an ipod.

P.S. In my opinion this is as bad if not worse then the public downloading illegal music. It's just that in this case it's a corporate entity perputrating the offense so don't hold your breath on it being fixed anytime soon.

Jun 20, 2009 | RCA TH1611 MP3 Player

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Need aac upgrade firmware for rca mp3 th1611-a same problem....can't return them, can't fix them....my 2 children are VERY dissapointed as this was their ONLY gift from Santa this year. If anyone can...


There is no AAC firmware upgrade. These players are not compatible with AAC (iTunes) format. Most non-iPod players are incompatible, but there are a few exceptions here and there. The box on the player has to list AAC, and it can't have a proviso attached to the AAC, such as "non-protected" AAC. The cashiers at the places that sell them don't know jack about compatibility, usually.

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Jan 03, 2009 | RCA Pearl TH1102 MP3 Player

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Need aac upgrade firmware


http://voxrightnow.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/voxrightnow.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=2244&p_created=1214239883&p_sid=oUwaTHwj&p_accessibility=0&p_redirect=&p_lva=&p_sp=cF9zcmNoPTEmcF9zb3J0X2J5PSZwX2dyaWRzb3J0PSZwX3Jvd19jbnQ9MTUwLDE1MCZwX3Byb2RzPTE1OCZwX2NhdHM9MCZwX3B2PTEuMTU4JnBfY3Y9JnBfc2VhcmNoX3R5cGU9YW5zd2Vycy5zZWFyY2hfbmwmcF9wYWdlPTEmcF9zZWFyY2hfdGV4dD1uZWVkIEFBQyB1cGdyYWRl&p_li=&p_topview=1

There's the update at this link, it was easy enough to find on the RCA site. I used the knowledge base...

This cheap mp3 player has always worked great for me...

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