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Wired: Mighty Rio Now a Two-Way Street

Jan 27, 1999, 21:45 (0 Talkback[s])

"Software posted to the Internet in the past week will allow owners of the Rio MP3 player to do what manufacturer Diamond Multimedia had hoped would remain impossible. The hacks permit users to transfer data and music out of the portable unit and back into a PC."

"We specifically disabled the ability to copy files from the Rio to other devices as a form of copy protection," said Wirt.

"But that didn't stop... two enterprising hackers... who separately managed to restore the unit's two-way transfer functionality."

"On 14 January, The Snowblind Alliance, an open-source software development group, released software that would allow Rio owners to interface their players with Linux-based computers."

"While the group's code didn't support the two-way transfer of files between the Rio to other devices, the two other coders added the feature."

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