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Copying iTunes songs to an RCA Lyra MP3 player System
I have an RCA Lyra MP3 Player. When I bought it, the box said that it was Finder Drag and Drop Compatible (meaning there is no iTunes support). The problem lies in the fact that the Lyra sees the resource fork of Mac files as another file. On the MP3 player's display, instead of seeing the 20 files I copied over, I saw 40 files, half of which said "Invalid File Format."

The solution was to use the cp command in the Terminal to copy just the data fork. You can copy the files to another folder on your Mac, and then use the Finder to copy to the Lyra, or copy them directly to the Lyra using the Terminal. The only downside to the second approach is that you don't get feedback as to when the transfer is complete. The best way to tell is to look at the MP3 player's display.
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Copying iTunes songs to an RCA Lyra MP3 player
Authored by: ArtemisG3 on Sep 17, '03 01:25:09PM
If you use ditto instead of cp, you can use the -V flag in order to give you some feedback on the progress.

ditto -V /Users/jonathan/Desktop/file.mp3 /Volumes/MP3player



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Copying iTunes songs to an RCA Lyra MP3 player
Authored by: slytle on Sep 17, '03 01:34:35PM

I knew if I posted this, someone would have a better way... ;)

slytle



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Copying iTunes songs to an RCA Lyra MP3 player USE KopyMac
Authored by: digitol on Sep 17, '03 05:39:41PM

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Copying iTunes songs to an RCA Lyra MP3 player
Authored by: Bobson on Sep 17, '03 09:08:15PM

You do get feedback when the cp's done... You get your command prompt back. No status of how far along it is, though.



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Copying iTunes songs to an RCA Lyra MP3 player
Authored by: mproud on Sep 18, '03 03:35:45AM

This has happened to me with my "Prolific" USB drive. When files are saved in OS 9, in OS X it will see the files as separate forks. When files are saved in OS X, OS 9 won't like them.

I will have to try this... the next time I'm in the country :D



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Copying iTunes songs to an RCA Lyra MP3 player
Authored by: vdanen on Sep 19, '03 05:11:52PM

Which Lyra are you guys using? I've got the 20GB Lyra (HD-based) model and I've never been able to make it work under OS X. I get errors in my logs when I plug it in:

IOHIDSystem: postEvent LLEventQueue overflow.
USBF: 488652.743 AppleUSBOHCI[0x2873000]::MakeDevice error setting address. err=0xe00002ed device=0x4084800 - releasing device

(This carries on like this; output obtained from dmesg).

I can make it work on my Linux box as a mountable device if I mount it vfat, but I can't seem to make it work under OS X. Any pointers would be extremely welcome.



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Which RCA Lyra
Authored by: slytle on Sep 22, '03 06:59:50AM

I should have stated in the post that this was with regards to the Flash MP3 Player.

This solution only pertains to a drive that you can mount. If you can't mount the drive, I don't think there is anything you can do until someone (Apple or otherwise) writes a driver for that particular File Format.

slytle



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