MP3 Player compatibility

Jeff LaCoursiere jeff at jeff.net
Mon Oct 13 10:42:03 BST 2003


How did you charge the battery?  I'm about to be living on a boat for the next
eleven months, and will have similar problems.  I just bought a 500 Watt wind
generator...

j

On Sun, 12 Oct 2003, Frank Shute wrote:

> On Sat, Oct 11, 2003 at 11:40:45PM +0100, Jon Mercer wrote:
> >
> > As a sign of a slowly recovering economy, personal boredom, the wonders
> > of the gnome desktop with sound through AC/97 and an insatiable desire
> > to possess the latest gadgetry...
> >
> > ..does anyone have any experience of a portable MP3 player that works
> > with usb/firewire/IR on FreeBSD (if there is one?) Bit of an OT topic
> > really, but can't think of a more qualified group of people to ask.
> > happy to hear from anyone with any preferences or experiences, good or bad.
>
> I've got a Rio 500 which works fine via USB with 4.8
>
> There's a port for it:
>
> /usr/ports/audio/rio500
>
> One problem I did have was that it rebooted my machine if I didn't do
> a sleep in-between adding songs. This is how my shell script looks
> now:
>
>
> #!/bin/sh
> #
> # Format Rio & upload songs
>
> cd
>
> echo "Formatting.."
> rio_format
>
> echo "Adding folder mp3"
> rio_add_folder -f hl1.fon mp3
>
> for file in $(cat /home/frank/wav/blur/list); do
> echo "Uploading $file"
> rio_add_song /home/frank/wav/blur/$file
> sleep 2
> done
>
> (Somebody's going to tell me how to do it without cat ;)
>
>
> There are other ports for other Rio's:
>
> /usr/ports/audio/rio
> /usr/ports/audio/rioutil
>
> but I haven't used them and I'm not too sure as to which specific
> Rio's they work with.
>
> You could possibly get a Rio 500 on Ebay....they don't make them
> anymore. It's quite a satisfactory machine for me as it easily holds
> an album on the 64mb memory with some room left over to hold some
> files. I use it as a backup for my laptop in preference to floppies.
>
> More importantly it helped keep me sane whilst I've been in Finland
> the past 2 months - I don't have an electrical supply at my house over
> there, and everything has to run off batteries or car battery! Quite
> surprising what you can run off a car battery with a 12-240v
> converter :)
>
> --
>
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