Grace Note not working in Windows Media or Rio Music Manager
I've had my Rio Carbon for a couple years and never had this problem before. When I would rip a CD to the hard drive, Grace Note would open up and identify the album, artist, and track titles. Now it always opens up as "unknown". However, when I have Itunes open, Grace Note works. Problem is I can't get the ripped CD info on Itunes to show up in my Rio Music Manager. Any ideas how to get Grace Notes to work again in Rio Music Manager? Thanks
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Re: Grace Note not working in Windows Media or Rio Music...
You are suffering from the Digital licensing information encryption from the majors, which ITunes will NOT agree to. That's how the music industry is making it's muscle show, with this sort of tawdry nonsense. I don't believe there's a s/w upgrade on this, unfortunately. There is a slight possibility that your software might have an interpreter, yet your Rio being that old, not for certain.
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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.
The Rio Carbon is completely incompatible with iTunes (which uses AAC format). It only accepts mp3, wma, and some WAV's. The Rio Carbon is still the best mp3 player I ever owned, but since Rio doesn't make them anymore, it will never be compatible with iTunes. You can use it with Rhapsody's Mp3 Only service, or any music service that gives you the files in mp3 format - but you can't sync the songs through the music service's "synchronize function" - you have to download the files to a location on your computer, and then use the Rio music Manager to transfer the songs to your device.
It would help if you use software like Windows Media to rip the music from a CD to the PC and then copy from the PC to the Rio. Using windows media will add the information automatically to the songs and if it is a copied CD with MP3s with no information on them, then windows media can also search for the information (must be connected to the internet for this) online.
If RMM does not want to work with your computer then transfer files using explorer...
Go into start,
Then My Computer,
Your Rio carbon should show up as a removable device, double click on it,
Then you should have 2 or more folders: Music and recordings,
double click on music and all of your music will be in there,
you can then just copy and paste music into that folder and it will play it on your Rio if it is the right format (Mp3, Wma etc)
With regards to your volume control:
If you pry a small screwdriver round the side you will see 2 clips
inside attached onto a black bit (the hard drive holder) there are also
2 smaller ones near the top and 2 at the bottom but you will only have
to unclip a few before the back comes off. To unclip them simply put
your screwdriver below and lever off your rio and they should pop up...
I have taken the back off many times and fixed my volume control and
hard drive... Fixing the volume control is quite easy. Once you take
the back off you will be able to see where it locates on, then you can
just stick it back on with a bit of super glue etc.
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.
first, and this is always good: If available, firmware for the Rio Carbon can be downloaded online.
Second, this might be the problem:
The Rio Carbon communicates with your computer differently in MTP mode than it does in MSC mode. When in MTP mode, the Rio Carbon cannot display hidden files in folders, cannot allow transfers to the root Rio Carbon directory, and cannot allow the creation of new folders. (Folders can be transferred to the Rio Carbon using drag-and-drop and copy-and-paste methods.) To use traditional folder options, change the Transfer Mode settings to put the Rio
Carbon in MSC mode.
"..Removing the Rio Carbon from a USB connection before Idle is displayed on the screen may result in a corrupting the player's file system.
If for any reason you suspect that your Rio player's file system has been corrupted, reformatting the player will restore the file system to its original state..."