Compaq Ropes Rio Technology

Compaq Computer Corp. Wednesday cemented a deal to feature RioPort Inc. ‘s technology and software in its new Compaq iPAQ Personal Audio Player (PA-1).

The new device utilizes RioPort’s Media Device Manager (MDM) 2.0 Technologies that support PC applications such as the Windows Media Player 7 and the RioPort Audio Manager.

The RioPort Audio Manager software enables iPAQ Personal Audio Player users to create, catalog and navigate through lists of songs recorded from their personal CDs or downloaded from the Web. RioPorts software supports multiple audio file formats, including MP3, WMA and AAC, for playback in digital sound.

Compaq said RioPort’s firmware solution will enable the audio player to be upgraded for playback of new sound file formats as they hit the Web.

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