Audiofy & Bookchip Frequently Asked Questions

LISTENING TO AN AUDIOFY BOOKCHIP

What kind of computer do I need to listen to Audiofy Chips?

What differences are there between the portable Audiofy Player and playing Chips on a computer, handheld or smartphone?

Can I play Audiofy Chips on my iPod?


BOOKCHIP NAVIGATION 

How do I use the forward and backward buttons to fast forward or rewind to other chapters, lessons, passages or sections?

I don't see any display on the Audiofy Player. How will I know my current listening position?


REMEMBERING MY BOOK CHIP LISTENING POSITION 

Can the Audiofy Player remember where I was listening when I turn it off, take a break, and turn it on again later?

Can the Audiofy Player remember where I was listening after I switch Chips?


AUDIOFY BATTERIES and POWER ACCESSORIES

What kind of batteries does the Audiofy Player use?

Can I plug the Audiofy Player into a wall outlet?

Do rechargeable batteries work in the Audiofy Player?


AUDIOFY HEADPHONES and SPEAKERS 

Does the Audiofy Player have a speaker?

What headphone and speaker accessories work with the Audiofy Player?

Can I plug the Audiofy Player into a cassette player in my vehicle?

In vehicles without a cassette player, how can I listen to Chips through the speakers of the vehicle's sound system?

Can two people listen to the same Chip at once through two sets of headphones?


AUDIOFY SOUND FORMATS and AUDIO FEATURES 

Does the Audiofy Player offer stereo sound?

Does the Audiofy Player play music or MP3 files?


TURNING THE AUDIOFY PLAYER ON AND OFF 

How do I turn the Audiofy Player on?

How do I turn the Audiofy Player off?

I've turned the volume control all the way down, why is the blue light still on?

Should I remove the Chip when I'm done listening?


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LISTENING TO AN AUDIOFY BOOKCHIP

What kind of computer do I need to listen to Audiofy Chips?

No computer is necessary!

The Audiofy Player does not require a computer, and does not connect to a computer. All audio content is stored on the Audiofy Chips you purchase, before the Chips are sent to you.

However, if you (or someone you know) have a computer, handheld or high-end mobile phone, your Audiofy Chips may also be playable on those devices in addition to your Audiofy Player (a full list of supported devices can be found here). Audiofy Audiobook Chips can be played on Microsoft Windows computers and laptops, Windows Mobile handheld PDAs and smartphones that have an SD Card expansion slot, or palmOne handheld PDAs and Treo smartphones that have an SD Card expansion slot. (These devices are available separately).

This way, you can get more mileage out of the Chips you purchase, enabling you to listen to them in more places, lend them to friends, and share them with associates. Much like the printed books that predate the Audiofy Player! [Back to Top]

What differences are there between the portable Audiofy Player and playing Chips on a computer, handheld or smartphone?

The portable Audiofy Player is an attractively priced, lightweight alternative to playing Audiofy Chips on a computer, handheld or Smartphone, and far more compact than even a laptop computer. To jump to a later or earlier passage on the Audiofy Player, first push the "Info" button twice before using the forward and backward buttons to move to other passages. While the Audiofy Player automatically bookmarks your listening position when you turn the device off (or subsequently switch Chips), personal bookmarks set on a computer, handheld or smartphone are not available.

When playing Audiofy Audiobook Chips on a supported Windows Mobile handheld PDA or smartphone, on a palmOne handheld PDA or Treo smartphone, or on a computer running Windows XP or Windows 2000, you may jump to specific passages by double-clicking or tapping the name of the passage onscreen. While listening, you may use the forward and backward buttons to jump several seconds at a time. You may also access personal bookmarks by pushing the "Info" (or "i") button three times, and set personal bookmarks by pushing the "Info" (or "i") button four times.

On older computers running Windows 98 or Windows ME, you may still jump to specific passages by clicking the name of the passage onscreen, and use the forward and backward buttons to jump several seconds at a time during playback. The "Info" (or "i") button is disabled in these older operating systems. While your listening position will be automatically bookmarked when you stop listening to your current Chip, personal bookmarks set on a handheld, smartphone or Windows XP/2000 computer are not available. [Back to Top]

Can I play Audiofy Chips on my iPod?

You can use Audiofy Chips on Palm PDAs, Pocket PCs, Treo cell phones, Windows Mobile devices, Windows PCs and laptops — and on the Audiofy Player, of course. You can't use the iPod, or any MP3 player, unless they support Windows Mobile or the Palm OS. [Back to Top]


BOOKCHIP NAVIGATION 

How do I use the forward and backward buttons to fast forward or rewind to other chapters, lessons, passages or sections?

To jump to other passages, start by pressing the "Info" (or "i") button twice.

When the Audiofy Player announces the name of the current passage, press the "forward" button one or more times to jump to later passages, or the "backward" button one or more times to jump to earlier passages. Then, press the "Play/Pause" button to resume listening from the new location you selected.

When you press the "Info" (or "i") button twice, generally the first press of the "backward" button will rewind to the very start of the current passage. Then, pressing the "backward" button a second, third, fourth time or more takes you to earlier passages. [Back to Top]

I don't see any display on the Audiofy Player. How will I know my current listening position?

The Audiofy Player can tell you!

You simply press the "Info" (or "i") button once to hear basic information about your Audiofy Chip, such as the title and author, and press the Info button a second time to hear the name of the current passage, how long it is, and how far it is from the start of the book.

Part of a patent-pending technique, this feature is especially helpful to anyone who finds it difficult or impossible to read the low-contrast displays and tiny print on some audio devices.

Even people with sharp vision appreciate the ease of navigating an Audiofy Chip without stopping to look at the device. No need to fully remove it from a bag, shirt pocket or belt clip... after quickly developing a feel for the location of the four buttons, you can change your listening position by touch alone. [Back to Top]


REMEMBERING MY LISTENING POSITION 

Can the Audiofy Player remember where I was listening when I turn it off, take a break, and turn it on again later?

Can the Audiofy Player remember where I was listening after I switch Chips?

Unlike most CD players, the Audiofy Player is designed to automatically remember where you were last listening when you turn it off — even when you switch Chips. For people who listen to audiobooks, this is an essential feature!

(Note: When switching Chips, please remember to turn the Audiofy Player off first, before removing the Chip in the unit.)

The Audiofy Player is designed to save your listening position automatically, with no effort on your part. However, if you find the Chip is not resuming playback from the last position when you turn it back on, follow these steps to adjust the "write protect tab" and unlock the Chip:

1. Turn off the Audiofy Player.
2. Remove the Chip.
3. Look for a small plastic tab along the edge of the Chip.
4. Use your fingernail to slide this tab a very short distance, toward the end with metal connectors on the back side of the Chip.
5. Gently reinsert the Chip into the Audiofy Player.

(When this "write protect tab" is in the "up" position, the Audiofy Player may be prevented from saving your current listening location on the Chip.) [Back to Top]


BATTERIES and POWER ACCESSORIES

What kind of batteries does the Audiofy Player use?

The Audiofy Player runs on two AAA batteries. Your first two AAA batteries are included — although we recommend keeping spare AAA batteries on hand to ensure uninterrupted playback. [Back to Top]

Can I plug the Audiofy Player into a wall outlet?

The Audiofy Player also accepts power adapters (available separately) that would allow you to plug the device into a wall outlet or the lighter/power adapter in your vehicle. The power adapter must meet the following specifications:

• 4.5 volts DC
• Plug: 1.3 mm ID (inner diameter) and 3.4 mm OD (outer diameter). (RadioShack refers to this type of plug as "Adapta Plug H.")

When traveling to foreign countries, AAA batteries are typically easy to find, while plugging into wall outlets or vehicle outlets may require additional power adapters or converters to compensate for local voltage standards. Plugging the Audiofy Player into a foreign electrical outlet without the proper adapter is likely to damage the device. [Back to Top]

Do rechargeable batteries work in the Audiofy Player?

The Audiofy Player does not have a built-in rechargable battery, but you may use rechargable AAA batteries (available separately) in the device. Rechargable AAA batteries must be replenished by placing them in an external charging unit designed for the type of batteries you purchase. Plugging the Audiofy Player into a wall outlet, a vehicle lighter or a vehicle power adapter will not recharge batteries in the Audiofy Player's back compartment. [Back to Top]


HEADPHONES and SPEAKERS 

Does the Audiofy Player have a speaker?

Each Audiofy Player includes a set of ear buds, a convenient space saver for folks on the go or packing for travel. The Audiofy Player does not have a built-in speaker. You may also substitute your favorite traditional, "street style" or noise cancellation headphones (available separately) that plug into the Audiofy Player's standard 3.5 mm earphone mini-jack. [Back to Top]

What headphone and speaker accessories work with the Audiofy Player?

The standard 3.5 mm earphone mini-jack does allow you to connect portable audio speakers (available separately), powered by their own batteries or an external electrical supply (with the exception of some especially small, low fidelity speakers, the Audiofy Player cannot power external speakers on its own through its earphone jack). [Back to Top]

Can I plug the Audiofy Player into a cassette player in my vehicle?

The standard 3.5 mm earphone mini-jack does accept vehicle cassette adapters (available separately), which link the Audiofy Player to the stereo system in your vehicle and allow you to hear Audiofy Chip content through your vehicle's speakers. [Back to Top]

In vehicles without a cassette player, how can I listen to Chips through the speakers of the vehicle's sound system?

The standard 3.5 mm earphone mini-jack also accepts FM radio transmitters (available separately), which allow you to hear Audiofy Audiobook Chip content through your vehicle's speakers by tuning the radio to a preset frequency. This avoids the need for an adapter cable, and is your best option for vehicles that do not have cassette players — including more and more new models where cassette players are no longer standard equipment. [Back to Top]

Can two people listen to the same Chip at once through two sets of headphones?

To allow two people to listen to the same Audiofy Chip at the same time, you may purchase a headphone splitter (available separately) at most consumer electronics stores, which plugs into the Audiofy Player's standard 3.5 mm earphone mini-jack. You will also need a second pair of ear buds or headphones (available separately).

In this configuration, you may need to turn the volume control to a louder setting for both listeners to hear the Chip content well, and battery life may be shorter. [Back to Top]


SOUND FORMATS and AUDIO FEATURES 

Does the Audiofy Player offer stereo sound?

The Audiofy Player was designed specifically for spoken audio and audiobook content. While the Audiofy Player is capable of two-channel stereo playback, most content on Audiofy Chips is currently one channel, also referred to as monophonic or monaural (there is no difference between the audio played through either the left and right earphones or connected speakers). [Back to Top]

Does the Audiofy Player play music or MP3 files?

At this time, the Audiofy Player does not support general purpose music playback or handle MP3 audio files. In any event, for music playback we would recommend portable CD and cassette players (although they are slightly bulkier than the Audiofy Player), or digital music players (which are somewhat more expensive).

For spoken audio, the downside to these music devices (besides their size or expense) is that few are able to bookmark your listening location in even a single audiobook — let alone several. In addition, the content of a single Audiofy Chip may require anywhere from a half-dozen to two dozen CDs or cassettes. [Back to Top]


TURNING THE PLAYER ON AND OFF 

How do I turn the Audiofy Player on?

After I press the Play button, the blue light doesn't stay on and I can't hear my Chip. What should I do?

To turn the Audiofy Player on, you must hold down the "Play/Pause" button for two seconds. This feature helps prevent the Audiofy Player from being turned on accidentally while stored in a backpack, bag, briefcase, luggage or purse while traveling, which would potentially run down the batteries.

If you've held down the "Play/Pause" button for several seconds and the blue light still doesn't stay on, verify that you have a Chip fully inserted, the earphone or speaker connector is firmly plugged in, and that fresh batteries have been inserted in the back compartment or that a power adapter is plugged into both the Audiofy Player and an electrical outlet. [Back to Top]

How do I turn the Audiofy Player off?

To turn the Audiofy Player off, press the "Play/Pause" button once or twice until the listening material stops. Within a minute, the Audiofy Player will automatically turn off on its own. [Back to Top]

I've turned the volume control all the way down, why is the blue light still on?

The volume control does not turn the Audiofy Player on or off. Instead, use the technique above. Your Audiofy Player may also turn off automatically if you remove the headphones. [Back to Top]

Should I remove the Chip when I'm done listening?

Do not turn off the Audiofy Player by removing the Chip. Instead, use the technique above to turn the Audiofy Player off before removing a Chip. This is gentler to the electronics, and helps ensure that your listening position is saved.

There is no need to remove the Chip when the Audiofy Player is turned off. You will only need to remove an Audiofy Chip when you want to insert a different Chip. You should always turn the Audiofy Player off before removing or switching Chips.

If you leave earphones or speakers plugged into your Audiofy Player, removing the Bookchip may provide extra protection against the device accidentally being turned on while stored in a backpack, bag, briefcase, luggage or purse during travel (which could run down the batteries). However — this should generally not be necessary. [Back to Top]

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