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Linux, Java and the Rio Karma [Jul. 14th, 2004|09:56 pm]
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My Rio Karma has mostly been behaving of late, which is nice. Admittedly, uploading files hasn't quite as easy as I'd like (having to use a GUI rather than a command line app, no way to just upload new meta data etc), but it's been pretty good.

Today, spurred on by a comment, I spent a few minutes looking once more at alternative software. KarmaLib, the open source Java suite, hasn't done much of late, but still has lots of info. The surprise was finding the source website for RMML (Rio Music Manager Lite), the Rio supplied Java app for doing stuff to your Karma over ethernet.

Previously, I'd just gone to the Rio site to get updates. Today I found this site, the home of it. It turns out, the manager is open source, and there are loads of newer (but beta) versions, and some other handy tools.

I've now grabbed a bunch of these other tools (which are basically command line entries into the guts of RMML), and I have to say they're pretty nifty. I can grab an XML version of the Rio's file database, I can upload files from the command line, all's good.

Now all that's left wanting is either usb support for it under linux, or a second docking station. That said, since my discovery today that the docking station doesn't have to be plugged in to the AC adapter to work with ethernet, I think the latter option would do me just fine.

Now to learn Japanese, since apparently Rio Japan sell spare docking stations...
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