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Frequently Asked Questions
General | Technical

General
Q: Why is Vinyl free?
A: Originally we charged for Vinyl, but Vinyl was a labor of love and more than anything we would like all Pocket PC owners using it. Individuals are welcome to use the unlimited fully functional free version of Vinyl, but all private installers, hardware OEMs, and VARs should contact Pocketwerks Marketing to find out about enterprise licensing plans.

Q: What if I paid for my copy of Vinyl?
A: First and foremost, thank you! Your investment has made it possible for us to provide the current unlimited fully functional free version of Vinyl for all users. If a future version of Vinyl is released under a commercial license we will not forget our original paying customers.

Q: Are there new features in the new unlimited fully functional free trial Vinyl?
A: We have fixed several bugs and removed the 10 artist limit from the original trial release of Vinyl.

Q: What kind of users would enjoy using Vinyl?
A: We expect that any self-respecting gadget junkie would love to have a Vinyl setup in their home where they can be mobile, and control the music from anywhere on their Pocket PC. Who else would? We can think of a few…

 

  • Home Automation junkies – In their never-ending struggle to have everything in their home controlled from a recliner, what else beats full control of their entire music collection accompanied by gorgeous cover art?

 

  • Home Theater PC enthusiasts – They already have their PC attached to their high-end home stereo equipment, the perfect setup!

 

  • Pocket PC users – In a constant struggle to have the bleeding edge Pocket PC hardware, what better way to show it off than to wirelessly control your entire ripped music collection?

 

Q: Is Vinyl skinnable?
A: We’ve designed Vinyl with a skinnable interface from the very beginning. The initial release of Vinyl will only support the default skin while we work on documenting the skin format, but keep your eyes peeled for support in up-coming releases!

Technical
Q: What music formats does Vinyl support?
A: VinylServer can currently index and play MP3, WMA, MP3Pro, Monkey Audio, and OGG music files. However, you must use Nullsoft’s Winamp 2.X audio output to gain full support for all audio formats.

Q: How do I set up Vinyl to use Nullsoft’s Winamp 2.x audio playback system?
A: Just install Winamp 2.x and then go to VinylServer options screen and select the audio output to be Nullsoft Winamp 2.x audio output. You should be rocking and rolling now!

Q: What is the best network connection for using Vinyl?
A: Because Vinyl transfers plenty of rich information back and forth between your Pocket PC and the desktop PC, the faster the network connection between the two the better. Typically, a wired connection is the fastest, followed by wireless, then Activesync, and usually Bluetooth being the slowest.

Q: Where does the Album Art Vinyl displays come from?
A: Vinyl relies on the media jukebox/ripper software you use to download and store the album art. Software such as Microsoft’s Windows Media Player for Windows XP, MusicMatch Jukebox, and other major ripping suites are all supported. To be exact, Vinyl will detect cover art when it is embedded into the ID3v2 tags of MP3s, or located in the folder which contains the music files.

Q: None of my music collection has album art ripped with it! What do I do?
A: Bummer! Luckily, there are many third-party applications that have been built to fix this. Applications such as Tag&Rename do a great job of adding album art to existing music files.


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