Question about Tao WIFIMP1 20 GB MP3 Player
This player is no longer working. It appears to boot OK, then says "no content". It does, or did, have content. It is not recognied by my PC, and I cannot use any of the wireless features. I have tried a reset, with no luck. I even tried to "format". No luck. Any ideas? If there are places that can repair this player, I would consider that as well.
Thanks for the response. I have done tons of research online and unfortunately, soniqcast is now out of business. Restoredsound won't repair the Tao player. Giant International has discontinued the device, so the will not provide any support.
Do you use audible.com or one of the music stores that the device can connect to? If so, I recommend that you find a way to back up. I have another device that works. It "froze" over the summer, so I did a reset. It lost my audible. com settings, and I could not reenter them. It turns out that the player connects to a server at soniqcast to update the list of stores. That server is gone now, so, I have no way of inputting my audible.com data. Thus, I cannot activate the player. This was my main use for the player! Oh, Well. It's really to bad, because I love the player when working. There doesn't seem to be any other players that do the same thing.
If you use Audible.com already, there may be files on your player that allow you to directly connect to audible.com and enter your info. If so, do you think you could send it to me? That would be a great help.
Remember to back up!!
Posted on Oct 11, 2007
I have one of these players also,but haven't had any trouble yet. It seems like the taolife.com website is no longer working. I did download the owner's manual some time ago and on the last page it indicates that the product is under trademark by Giant International, LTD, in Atlanta, GA. I looked up their website at giantintl.com and the addresses match. Their product line is now just 2-way radios, but they do have a contact page with address and phone listings, so maybe they could help in repairs. Another source would be soniqcast.com, who made the original Aireo on which the Tao player was based. Their website has an email link to a repair facility - [email protected] . It's sad that this player wasn't refined more where it could compete with the ipod market. Still it's been great for me, I download audible books from hotspots wherever I am and use the wireless fm transmitter in my truck. Good luck on the repairs.
Posted on Oct 11, 2007
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You can listen to your favorite music without having to carry your laptop everywhere by sharing your music library on a wireless network. Here is a tutorial to show how to stream music from one laptop to another. Using
this method digital media such as videos and pictures can also be
accessed from anywhere easily. By the following method you can listen
music or view your photos or movies stored in your computer from
different places in the network.
First we'll connect the server laptop to a wireless
home network. This laptop has Windows 7 with Media player 12 and it has
all the music, videos and media that you want to share. Right-click on
the Internet notification area and select 'Open network and sharing
center'. Now, click on 'Connect to a network' and from the list of
networks, choose the preferred one and connect. Enter the secure
network key when prompted.
Let's create a 'HomeGroup'. From 'Network and
Sharing Center', click 'HomeGroup' and then 'What is a network
location?'. You'll see a window with three options. Select the first
one that says 'Home Network'. In the following window, select what you
want to share and click 'Next'. Follow the onscreen instructions and
In 'Network and Sharing Center', click 'Change
Advanced Sharing Settings' and make the changes. Then go to 'Media
Streaming Options' and allow people you want access to your files. Open
Windows Media Player, go to 'Stream' and click 'Automatically allow
devices to play my media'. The content you chose to share is now on
To access this content on a client PC or laptop,
first connect the machine to the same wireless network as the server
laptop, using the previous procedure. Vista users can right click and
directly select 'Connect to network'. Assuming that both laptops are in
the same network, open Windows Media Player and see of you can find the
shared server laptop in the left pane.
To find shared media on the network and to share
media from the client PC, in WMP, right-click on Library and click
'Media Sharing'. Here, you can allow or deny access to other PCs and
find the media you're looking for. Click 'OK' when you're done. Now,
the server PC will appear in WMP and other functionalities will remain
same. You're now ready to play the music which is stored on the server
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