Micro-Clip MP3 Player with
Random Playback
MP550-1G
MP550-2G
Instruction Manual
Please read this manual carefully before operation
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Precautions
The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol within an equilateral triangle
is intended to alert the user to the presence of uninsulated “dangerous voltage” within the product’s enclosure that may be of sufficient
magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock.
The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle is intended to alert
the user to the presence of important operation and servicing instructions in the literature accompanying the appliance.
For Customer Use:
Enter below the serial number that is located on the rear
of the unit. Retain this information for future reference.
Model No.
Serial No.
WARNING: To prevent fire or shock hazard, do not expose this device to rain or moisture.
Dangerous high voltage is present inside the enclosure. Do not open the cabinet.
CAUTION: To prevent electric shock, match wide blade of plug to wide slot of outlet and
fully insert.
WARNING: Handling the cords on this product will expose you to lead, a chemical known to
the State of California to cause cancer, and birth defects or other reproductive harm. Wash
hands after handling.
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Precautions
NOTICE:
This product is protected by certain intellectual property rights of Microsoft. Use or distribution
of such technology outside of this product is prohibited without a license from Microsoft.
Content owners use Windows Media digital rights management technology (WMDRM) to
protect their intellectual property, including copyrights. This device uses WMDRM software
to access WMDRM-protected content. If the WMDRM software fails to protect the content,
content owners may ask Microsoft to revoke the software’s ability to use WMDRM to play or
copy protected content. Revocation does not affect unprotected content. When you download
licenses for protected content, you agree that Microsoft may include a revocation list with the
licenses. Content owners may require you to upgrade WMDRM to access their content. If you
decline an upgrade, you will not be able to access content that requires the upgrade.
NOTICE:
Please refer to the packaging for this product for the technologies supported by the product.
Windows Media® is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
USB® is a registered trademark of USB Implementers Forum, Inc.
All trademarks, registered trademarks and logos are of their respective holders.
Protect your hearing: Hearing experts advise against the constant use of personal stereos
played at high volume. Constant exposure to high volumes can lead to hearing loss. If you
should experience ringing in the ears or hearing loss, discontinue use and seek medical advice.
For recycling or disposal information about this product, please contact
your local authorities or the Electronics Industries Alliance: www.eiae.org.
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FCC Statement:
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following
two conditions:
(1)
This device may not cause harmful interference, and
(2)
This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may
cause undesired operation.
Note: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for Class B digital
devices, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment
generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in
accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If
this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can
be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct
the interference by one or more of the following measures:
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Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected.
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help
Use of shielded cable is required to comply with Class B limits in Subpart B of Part 15 of
the FCC rules.
Do not make any changes or modifications to the equipment unless otherwise specified in
the manual. If such changes or modifications should be made, you could be required to stop
operation of the equipment.
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Important Safety Instructions
1.
Read Instructions: All the safety and operating instructions should be
read before the product is operated.
2.
Retain Instructions: The safety and operating instructions should be
retained for future reference.
3.
Heed Warnings: All warnings on the product and in the operating instructions should be adhered to.
4.
Follow Instructions: All operating and usage instructions should be followed.
5.
Cleaning: Unplug this product from the wall outlet before cleaning. Do not
use liquid cleaners or aerosol cleaners. Use a damp cloth for cleaning.
6.
Attachments: Use only attachments recommended by the manufacturer.
Use of other attachments may be hazardous.
7.
Water and Moisture: Do not use this product near water (e.g., near a bath
tub, washbowl, kitchen sink, laundry tub, in wet basements, or near a
swimming pool and the like).
8.
Accessories: Do not place this product on an unstable
cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table. Use only with
carts, stands, tripods, brackets, or tables recommended by the manufacturer or sold with the product. Any mounting of the product should follow the
manufacturer’s instructions and should use a mounting accessory recommended by the manufacturer.
A product and cart combination should be moved with care. Quick stops,
excessive force, and uneven surfaces may cause the product and cart
combination to overturn.
9.
Ventilation: Slots and openings in the cabinet are provided for ventilation to ensure reliable operation of the product and to protect it from
overheating. These openings should never be blocked by placing the
product on a bed, sofa, rug, or other similar surface. This product should
not be placed in a built-in installation such as a bookcase or rack unless proper ventilation is provided or the manufacturer instructions have
been adhered to.
10. Power Sources: This product should be operated only from the type of
power source indicated on the rating label. If you are not sure of the type
of power supply to your home, consult your product dealer or local power
company. For products intended to operate from battery power or other
sources, refer to the operating instructions.
11. Grounding or Polarization: This product may be equipped with a polarized alternating-current line plug that has one blade wider than the other.
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This plug will only fit into the power outlet in one direction. This is a
safety feature. If you are unable to insert the plug fully into the outlet, try
reversing the direction of the plug. If the plug should still fail to fit, contact
an electrician to replace the obsolete outlet. Do not defeat the safety
purpose of the polarized plug.
12. Power-Cord Protection: Power supply cords should be routed so that
they are not likely to be walked on or pinched by items placed upon or
against them, paying particular attention to cords at plugs, convenience
receptacles, and at the point which they exit from the product.
13. Protective Attachment Plug: The product may be equipped with an attachment plug with overload protection. This is a safety feature. See the
operating instructions for replacement or directions to reset the protective
device. If replacement of the plug is required, be sure the service technician has used a replacement plug that has the same overload protection
as the original plug as specified by the manufacturer.
14. Outdoor Antenna Grounding: If an outside antenna is connected to the
product, be sure the antenna system is grounded so as to provide some
protection against voltage surges and built-up static charges. Article 810 of
the National Electrical Code, ANS/NFPA 70 provides information with regard to proper grounding of the mast and supporting structure, grounding of
the lead-in wire to an antenna-discharge unit, size of grounding conductors,
location of antenna-discharge unit, connection to grounding electrodes,
and requirements for the grounding electrode (see figure).
15. Lightning: For added protection for this product, unplug it from the wall outlet
and disconnect the antenna or cable system during a lightning storm or when
it is left unattended and unused for long periods of time. This will prevent
damage to the product due to lightning or power-line surges.
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Important Safety Instructions
16. Power Lines: An outside antenna system should not be located in the
vicinity of overhead power lines or other electric light or power circuits,
or where it can fall into such power lines or circuits. When installing an
outside antenna system, extreme care should be taken to keep from
touching such power lines or circuits, as contact with them might be
fatal.
17. Overloading: Do not overload wall outlets, extension cords, or integral
convenience receptacles as this can result in a risk of fire or electric
shock.
18. Object and Liquid Entry: Never push objects of any kind into this product
through openings as they may touch dangerous voltage points or shoutout parts that could result in a fire or electric shock. Never spill liquid of
any kind on the product.
19. Servicing: Do not attempt to service this product yourself as opening or
removing covers may expose you to dangerous voltage or other hazards. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel.
20. Damage Requiring Service: Unplug this product from the wall outlet and
refer servicing to qualified service personnel under the following conditions: a) when the power-supply or plug is damaged; b) if liquid has been
spilled or if objects have fallen into the product; c) if the product has been
exposed to rain or water; d) if the product does not operate normally by
following the operating instructions. Adjust only those controls that are
covered by the operating instructions as improper adjustment of other
controls may result in damage and will often require extensive work by
a qualified technician to restore the product to its normal operation; e)
if the product has been dropped or damaged in any way; f) when the
product exhibits a distinct change in performance—this indicates a need
for service.
21. Replacement Parts: When replacement parts are required, be sure that
your service technician has used replacement parts specified by the manufacturer or have the same characteristics as the original part. Unauthorized
substitutions may result in fire, electric shock, or other hazards.
22. Safety Check: Upon completion of any service or repairs to this product,
ask the service technician to perform safety checks to ensure that the
product is in proper operating condition.
23. Wall or Ceiling Mounting: The product should be mounted to a wall or
ceiling only as recommended by the manufacturer.
24. Heat: The product should be situated away from heat sources such as
radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other products (including amplifiers)
that produce heat.
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Precautions.................................................................. 2
Important Safety Instructions............................... 5
Table of Contents........................................................ 8
Package Contents...................................................... 9
Features........................................................................ 10
Getting Started.......................................................... 11
Controls at a Glance.................................................... 11
Powering Your Player.................................................... 12
Charging Your Player............................................ 12
Turning Your Player On/Off.................................. 13
Locking/Unlocking Your Player’s Keys (Hold)............ 13
Playing Music............................................................. 14
Music Playback Controls.............................................. 14
Random Playback (Shuffle)......................................... 15
Connecting to a Computer................................... 16
Transferring/Managing Files................................ 16
Disconnecting from a Computer....................... 17
Windows Media Player............................................. 19
Firmware Upgrades...................................................20
Troubleshooting....................................................... 21
Specifications............................................................24
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Package Contents
Please make sure that the items shown below are included in the package. Should an item be missing, please
contact the local retailer from which you purchased this
product.
1
2
3
4
1.
MP550
2.
Stereo Earphones
3.
USB Cable
4.
Instruction Booklet
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Integrated flash memory
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Plays MP3 and WMA digital music files
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Random (shuffle) music playback
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Hold feature prevents accidental key presses
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Mobile data storage function
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USB 2.0 for fast file transfers
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Integrated rechargeable battery
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Getting Started
Controls at a Glance
1.
Play/Pause:
Press Joystick
Power On/Off:
Press and Hold Joystick 2.
Volume Up
3.
Previous/Reverse
4.
Next/Forward
5.
Volume Down
6.
LED Status Indicator
7.
Headphone Output Jack
8.
USB Port
9.
Random Switch
10. Hold Switch
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2
5
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3
10
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Getting Started
Powering Your Player
Your player has an integrated rechargeable battery. Typical
music playtime is up to 5 hours.
Upon initial use, the battery should be charged fully (12
hours) to ensure optimal performance and battery life.
Music play time is an estimated value. Actual play
time may vary depending on encoding method used
and other factors.
Charging Your Player
Your player can be charged through a PC USB connection. Plug one end of the USB cable into the player’s
USB Port and plug the other end into the USB port of a
powered-on computer.
If the player is connected to a computer through a
USB hub, the hub must be self-powered to charge the
player’s battery.
File transfers will extend the charging time.
The battery used in this device may present a fire
or chemical burn if mistreated. Do not disassemble,
incinerate, or heat the battery.
Do not connect the player to a power source other
than that which is indicated here or on the label as
this may result in the risk of fire or electric shock.
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Getting Started
Turning Your Player On/Off

To turn your player on, hold
indicator lights up.
until the LED
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To turn your player off, hold
indicator darkens.
until the LED
Locking/Unlocking Your Player’s Keys (Hold)
When engaged, the Key Lock feature disables your
player’s controls to prevent accidental key presses when
it is in your pocket or bag.

To lock the player, slide the HOLD switch to the left
in the direction of the “HOLD >” symbol.

To unlock the player, slide the HOLD switch to
the right in the direction away from the “HOLD >”
symbol.
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Playing Music
Music Playback Controls
Use the following controls during music playback. The
LED indicator will flash during music playback.
Key Action
Press
Function
Start/Pause music playback.
While playback is paused, press
to resume.
Press
Play the previous track.
Press
Play the next track.
Hold
Reverse through the current track.
Hold
Fast-forward through the current track.
Press
Decrease the volume level.
Press
Increase the volume level.
For more information about how to get music onto
your player, please refer to the section “Connecting to
a Computer > Transferring Files”.
For more information about digital MP3 and WMA music files, please visit our website at www.cobyusa.com.
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Playing Music
Random Playback (Shuffle)
Your player can play all music files on your player in
Normal (repeat) or Random order.

To play tracks in normal (repeat) order, set the
RANDOM switch to the Repeat [
] position.

To play tracks in random order, set the RANDOM
switch to the Random [
] position.
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Connecting to a Computer
Connect the Coby player to a computer with the USB
cable provided to:

Transfer files to and from your player
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Perform basic file management functions.
Upon connection:

Your computer will automatically recognize the
player as a Removable Disk. An icon representing
your player will appear under “Devices with
Removable Storage” when you open “My Computer”.

It may take Windows several minutes to recognize
and set up the device the first time it is connected
depending on your hardware configuration.
If you are using Windows 98 SE, you may need to install a USB driver on your computer. Please download and install the driver from the COBY website at:
www.cobyusa.com/?p=ware.
Transferring/Managing Files
The USB 2.0 connection makes it easy to transfer music
quickly between the player and your computer. Simply use
the player as you would any removable disk using basic
operating system commands.
You can also use your player to store video, photo, or any
other type of files.
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Connecting to a Computer
If you need further assistance with transferring and
managing files, please refer to your operating system’s
instruction manual or on-screen help. If you are using
media management software such as iTunes, Winamp, or
Windows Media Player, please refer to their documentation for support.
Do not disconnect or otherwise interrupt the player
during file transfer—this could damage or corrupt the
player’s firmware or your files.
For more information and support regarding music
transfer and synchronization with Windows Media
Player (WMP), please see the help section included
with WMP (click “Help > Synchronizing Content to Devices”).
Disconnecting from a Computer
Disconnect your player as instructed below to prevent
data loss or file/firmware corruption.
Microsoft Windows
1.
Double-click the green arrow in the taskbar located
on the lower-right side of
the computer screen (Safely Remove Hardware).
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Connecting to a Computer
2.
Safely Remove
Hardware:
Select “USB Mass
Storage Device”
from the list that
appears and then
click on “Stop”.
Stop a Hardware
Device: Select
“USB Mass Storage
Device” from the list
that appears and then click on “OK”.
3.
When the “Safe to Remove Hardware” window appears, click the OK button and disconnect the USB
cable from the player and your computer.
Macintosh OS X
1.
On the left side of the Finder Window, identify the
appropriate Removable Disk icon.
2.
Click on the “Eject”
arrow on the right of the
Removable Disk icon.
3.
Disconnect the USB
cable from the player
and your computer.
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Windows Media Player
You can use Windows Media Player and a USB connection to manage your music media library with Microsoft
Windows XP or newer.
The latest version of Windows Media Player can be
downloaded from the Microsoft website:
www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/default.mspx
Please refer to the Quick Start Guide included with your
player for more information.
For more information and support regarding music
transfer and synchronization with Windows Media
Player (WMP), please see the help section included
with WMP (click “Help > Synchronizing Content to Devices”).
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Firmware Upgrades
From time to time, COBY may release firmware upgrades
to improve the performance of the Player or to add
additional features. Please check the COBY website
periodically at www.cobyusa.com to see if new firmware
has been released for your player. If you are experiencing
abnormal behavior with your player, you may choose to
restore (format) your player before updating its firmware.
Do not interrupt the firmware upgrade process—doing
so could damage your player and render it inoperable.
See the documentation that is included with the firmware upgrade file for detailed instructions.
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Troubleshooting
If you have a problem with this device, please read the
troubleshooting guide below and check our website
at www.cobyusa.com for Frequently Asked Questions
(FAQs) and firmware updates. If these resources do not
resolve the problem, please contact Technical Support.
Address COBY Electronics Technical Support
56-65 Rust Street
Maspeth, NY 11378
Email
techsupport@cobyusa.com
Web
www.cobyusa.com
Phone
800-727-3592:
718-416-3197:
Weekdays 8:00AM–11:00PM EST
Weekends 9:00AM–5:30PM EST
Weekdays 8:00AM–5:30PM EST
The player does not turn on.

Ensure that the player is fully charged. Try charging
the player overnight (8 hours).

Ensure that the Hold/Lock switch is disengaged.
The buttons do not work.

Ensure that the player is fully charged. Try charging
the player overnight (8 hours).

Ensure that the Hold/Lock switch is disengaged.
I cannot transfer files to the player.

Ensure that your computer is running a supported
operating system.
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Troubleshooting

If using a USB extension cable, ensure that it is
securely attached to the player and the PC, or try
using another USB cable.

If you have connected the player through a USB
hub, try connecting the player directly to your
computer.

Ensure that the player’s memory capacity is not full.

Ensure that the Hold/Lock switch is disengaged.
There is no sound during playback.

Check the volume level.
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Ensure that the headphones are attached securely
to the player.
The sound quality of the music is poor.

Try playing the file on your computer. If the sound
quality is still poor, try downloading the file again or
re-encoding the file yourself.

Ensure that the bit rate of the file is not too low. The
higher the bit rate of the file, the better it will sound.
The minimum recommended bitrate is 128kbps for
MP3s and 96kbps for WMAs.

Try lowering the volume of the player.

Ensure that the headphones are attached securely
to the player.
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Troubleshooting
The player will not play my music file.

Ensure that the file is in a compatible format.

The file may be copy-protected and you no longer
have authorization to play this file. If you feel this is
in error, please contact the service from which you
downloaded the file.
The player has malfunctioned.

Try updating the player’s firmware. Please refer to
the Firmware Upgrades section of this manual for
instructions.
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Specifications
Display Type
LED Indicator
Memory
Integrated Memory
MP550-1G: 1GB Flash
MP550-2G: 2GB Flash
Audio Format Support
MP3, WMA (>64kbps, Class 1)
DRM Support
--
Song Info Support
--
PC Interface
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (MSC)
Plug and Play Support
Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP or newer
Mac OS X
Audio Output
3.5mm Stereo (Headphone)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
90dB
Frequency Response
20Hz - 20kHz
Power Supply
Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery
USB Charge
Unit Dimensions
2.52” x 0.86” x 0.34” (WHD)
Specifications, design, and manual are subject to change without notice.
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Coby Electronics Corporation
56-65 Rust Street
Maspeth, NY 11378
www.cobyusa.com
www.ecoby.com
Coby is a registered trademark of
Coby Electronics Corporation.
Printed in China.
5501GAL
5502GAL
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