Coby C896 - MP 2 GB Digital Player Instruction manual

MP-C896
USB-Stick MP3 Player with
LCD Display and FM Radio
INSTRUCTION MANUAL
Please read this manual carefully before operation.
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 unit. Retain this information for
future reference.
Model No.
MP-C896
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.
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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PRECAUTIONS
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.
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.
NOTICE:
Please refer to the packaging for this product for the technologies supported by this 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.
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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.
9.
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.
10.
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.
11.
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.
12.
Grounding or Polarization: This product may be equipped with a polarized
alternating-current line plug that has one blade wider than the other. 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.
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
13.
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.
14.
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.
15.
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).
16.
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.
17.
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.
18.
Overloading: Do not overload wall outlets, extension cords, or integral convenience receptacles as this can result in a risk of fire or electric shock.
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19.
Object and Liquid Entry: Never push objects of any kind into this product
through openings as they may touch dangerous voltage points or shout-out
parts that could result in a fire or electric shock. Never spill liquid of any kind
on the product.
20.
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.
21.
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.
22.
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.
23.
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.
24.
Wall or Ceiling Mounting: The product should be mounted to a wall or
ceiling only as recommended by the manufacturer.
25.
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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TABLE OF CONTENTS
PRECAUTIONS.................................................................. 2
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS............................... 4
TABLE OF CONTENTS........................................................ 7
PACKAGE CONTENTS...................................................... 9
FEATURES........................................................................ 10
GETTING STARTED.......................................................... 11
MP-C896 at a Glance.................................................................11
Front View...........................................................................11
Rear View............................................................................11
Top View..............................................................................11
Bottom View.......................................................................11
Display at a Glance....................................................................12
Music Mode Screen...........................................................12
Record Mode Screen........................................................12
Connecting Headphones ....................................................... 13
Connecting Power..................................................................... 13
Loading a Battery............................................................. 13
USB Power............................................................................14
Using the MP-C896 Controls......................................................14
Power On/Off.....................................................................14
Hold Switch.........................................................................14
Reset Function....................................................................15
Navigating the Menu Interface......................................15
Main Menu...................................................................................16
NAVIGATOR MODE........................................................ 17
Navigator Menu Controls..........................................................17
Play Music Controls.................................................................... 18
Music Options.................................................................... 18
Repeat A-B Mode............................................................. 19
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FM TUNER MODE............................................................20
FM Tuner Controls....................................................................... 20
Automatically Saving Preset Stations............................ 20
Manually Saving Preset Stations..................................... 21
Deleting Preset Stations................................................... 21
FM Recording Controls.............................................................. 22
RECORD MODE..............................................................23
Record Controls.......................................................................... 23
SETTINGS MODE.............................................................24
Setting Your Player’s Options................................................... 24
Settings Menu Controls.................................................... 24
Settings Options................................................................ 24
DEL FILES MODE............................................................. 27
Deleting Files on Your Player.................................................... 27
Del Files Menu Controls.................................................... 27
ABOUT MODE.................................................................28
USB CONNECTIONS....................................................... 29
Minimum PC Requirements...................................................... 29
USB Driver Installation (Windows 98SE Only).......................... 30
Connecting to a Computer..................................................... 30
Transferring Files......................................................................... 31
Microsoft Windows........................................................... 32
Macintosh OS X................................................................. 33
Disconnecting from a Computer............................................ 33
Microsoft Windows........................................................... 33
Macintosh OS X................................................................. 34
WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER 10........................................35
FIRMWARE UPGRADES...................................................36
ABOUT MP3/WMA MUSIC FILES................................... 37
TROUBLESHOOTING.......................................................38
SPECIFICATIONS............................................................ 41
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PACKAGE CONTENTS
Please make sure that the items listed below are included
in the package. Should an item be missing, please contact
the local retailer from which you purchased this product.
1
2
4
5
1.
MP-C896
2.
Stereo Earphones
3.
USB Extension Cable
4.
1 x “AAA” Battery
5.
Instruction Booklet
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
2GB Integrated Flash Memory

High-Contrast LCD Display with Backlight

Plays MP3 and WMA Digital Music Files

Plays Digital Music from most online stores and
subscription services*

ID3 and LRC support for song and synchronized lyric
information display

Integrated FM Radio and Recorder

Integrated Microphone for Digital Voice Recording

Mobile Data Storage Function

USB 2.0 for Fast File Transfers
* Music Service must support Windows Media DRM (WMDRM). WMDRM10 requires
Windows XP and Windows Media Player 10 or newer.
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GETTING STARTED
MP-C896 at a Glance
Front View
Rear View
1.
USB Cap
9.
2.
LCD Display
Battery Compartment
Cover
3.
Power On/Off (hold)
Navigation: Enter
Play/Pause
10.
Headphone Out Jack
4.
Navigation: Up
Volume +
Top View
11.
HOLD switch
12.
MODE
5.
Navigation: Enter
Next/Fwd
6.
Navigation: Escape
Previous/Rev
13.
Record/
Repeat A-B
7.
Navigation: Down
Volume – 14.
Integrated Microphone
8.
Neckstrap Hook
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Bottom View
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Display at a Glance
Music Mode Screen
Record Mode Screen
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GETTING STARTED
Connecting Headphones
Connect headphones/earphones to the Headphone Out
jack for private listening.

Lower the volume level before connecting headphones, then gradually increase the volume for
comfortable listening.

Hearing experts advise against the constant use of
personal stereos played at high volume.

Constant high-volume use can lead to hearing loss.
If you experience ringing in your ears or hearing
loss, discontinue use immediately and seek medical
advice.
Connecting Power
The MP-C896 operates on 1 x “AAA” battery for music
playback.
Loading a Battery
1.
Remove the USB Cap.
2.
Remove the Battery
Compartment Cover.
3.
Insert 1 x “AAA” battery,
taking care to match the
“+” and “–” polarities of
the battery with the markings inside the battery
compartment.
4.
Replace the Battery Cover.
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GETTING STARTED
USB Power
When the MP-C896 is connected to a computer’s
powered USB port, it will draw power over the USB connection.
Using the MP-C896 Controls
Power On/Off

To turn your player on, press and hold
screen will display the COBY logo.
. The

To turn your player off, press and hold
. The
screen will display “Continue Holding on To Power
Off”. Do not release the button until the screen
displays “GOOD BYE”.
Hold Switch
The Hold feature locks (disables) your player’s controls to
prevent accidental key presses when it is in your pocket
or bag.

To lock the player’s controls, slide the
HOLD switch to the left. A Lock icon will be
displayed on the screen.

To unlock the player’s controls, slide the HOLD
switch to the right.
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GETTING STARTED
Reset Function
Reset your player if it should freeze or otherwise behave
abnormally.
1.
Disconnect your player if it is connected to a
computer.
2.
Remove the battery from the player. Wait 10
seconds, and then replace the battery.
3.
Power on your player. Your player has now been
reset.
Navigating the Menu Interface
It is easy to use the MP-C896 controls to select menu
options, items, and files on your player.

To move the selection cursor (highlight), use the
navigation keys [
/
/
/
]. To move the
cursor quickly, press and hold the corresponding
key.

To select the previous item (up), press

To select the next item (down), press

To confirm and enter the current selection,
press
.

To escape (return) to the previous screen,
press
.
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GETTING STARTED
Main Menu
The Main Menu gives you access to the different function
modes of your player.

To enter the Main Menu, press
Menu, press and hold
.
. To exit the Main

To select a function mode in the Main Menu, press
or
to highlight the mode, and then press
to confirm.
Navigator
View or play music files from your player.
FM Tuner
Listen to FM radio broadcasts.
Record FM radio broadcasts.
Record
Record from the integrated microphone.
Settings
Set your player’s internal options.
Del Files
Delete files from your player.
About
View firmware, date, and memory information.
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NAVIGATOR MODE
Enter NAVIGATOR mode from the Main Menu to find
and play music on your player.
NAVIGATOR mode will display all folders and compatible
audio files on your player.
Select and confirm an audio file to start playback.
Navigator Menu Controls
Use the following controls in Navigator mode.
Key
Function
Press
Move the selection up.
Press
Move the selection down.
Press
Return to the previous folder.
Press
Display the contents of the selected folder.
Press
• If a folder is selected: Play all music in the
selected folder.
• If a file is selected: Play the selected file.
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NAVIGATOR MODE
Play Music Controls
Use the following controls during music playback.
Key
Function
Start/Resume track playback.
During playback, press
to pause
playback.
Press
Hold
(2 sec)
Stop playback completely.
Press
Play the next track.
Hold
Fast-forward through the current track.
Press
Play the previous track.
Hold
Reverse through the current track.
Press
Decrease the volume level.
Press
Increase the volume level.
Press
Start Repeat A-B Mode.
Hold
Enter Record Mode and start recording.
Press
Return to the Main Menu.
For more information about how to get music onto your
player, please refer to the Quick Start Guide that was
included with your player, or visit the Coby Electronics
website at www.cobyusa.com.
Music Options
Music playback options may be set in the SETTINGS menu.
Please see the “Settings” section for more information.
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NAVIGATOR MODE
Repeat A-B Mode
Set a segment of a music track to repeat in a continuous
loop. During playback:

To set the starting point “A” of the loop, press

To set the end point “B” of the loop, press
again.
The loop will now play from point “A” to point “B”.

To resume normal playback, press
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FM TUNER MODE
Enter FM TUNER mode from the Main Menu to listen
to or record FM radio broadcasts.
Earphones or headphones must be connected to the
headphone jack for radio operation (the earphone cord is
used as an FM antenna).
FM Tuner Controls
Use the following controls in FM TUNER mode.
Key
Function
Press
Switch between Preset and Search tuning mode.
Press
Preset: Tune to a higher preset station.
Search: Tune to a higher frequency.
Hold
Search: Auto-seek the next highest frequency.
Press
Preset: Tune to a lower preset station.
Search: Tune to a lower frequency.
Hold
Search: Auto-seek the next lowest frequency.
Press
Decrease the volume level.
Press
Increase the volume level.
Hold
Start FM Recording.
Automatically Saving Preset Stations
To automatically scan and save all available broadcast
frequencies to Preset Station memory:

Enter FM Tuner mode.

Press and hold
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FM TUNER MODE
There are 30 available Preset Stations. Auto Scan will
overwrite any previously stored Preset Stations.
All saved preset stations will be indicated with CHXX,
where XX corresponds to the numerical sequence.
Manually Saving Preset Stations
Make sure the player is in SEARCH mode.

Manually tune to the station you would like to save
as a Preset Station (e.g., “92.7”).

Press
. The screen will display “Store” and flash
the Preset Number.

Press
or
to select a Preset Station number
(e.g., “CH03”).

Press
to confirm and save. (The station “92.7”
has now been saved as Preset Station “CH03”.)
Deleting Preset Stations
Make sure the player is in PRESET mode.

Turn to the preset station that you want to delete
from the preset stations (e.g., “CH03”).

Press
. The screen will display “Delete” and flash
the Preset Number.

Press
to confirm and delete. (Preset Station
“CH03” will be deleted.)
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FM TUNER MODE
FM Recording Controls
Make digital recordings of FM radio broadcasts.

While the player is in FM Tuner mode, press
to start recording, or select RECORD from the FM
Tuner menu.
Recording will start immediately when RECORD is
selected from the FM Tuner menu.
Use the following controls during FM recording.
Key
Function
Start/Resume recording.
During recording, press
recording.
Press
Press
or
to pause
Stop and save the recording.

Recordings are saved to the folder “FM/”.

Recorded files are named “FXXX.WAV” where XXX
corresponds to the numerical sequence in which the
recording was made (numbering starts from 001).
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RECORD MODE
Enter RECORD mode from the Main Menu to record
from the integrated microphone (voice).
To quickly access record mode during music playback,
press and hold
.
Recording will start immediately when RECORD is
selected from the Main Menu.
The MP-C896 can also record from the FM Tuner. Refer
to the FM Tuner section for details.
Record Controls
Use the following controls in RECORD mode.
Key
Function
Start/Resume recording.
During recording, press
recording.
Press
Press
or
to pause
Stop and save the recording.

Recordings are saved to the folder “VOICE”.

Recorded voice files are named “VXXX.WAV”
where XXX corresponds to the numerical sequence
in which the recording was made (numbering starts
from 001).
Enter NAVIGATOR mode to find and play your
recordings.
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SETTINGS MODE
Setting Your Player’s Options
To set your player’s options, select and confirm
SETTINGS from the Main menu. The following options are
available in the Settings menu: Play Mode, Eq, Contrast,
Backlight, Lightcolor, Power, Rec Set, Lyric, or Language.
Settings Menu Controls
Use the following controls in the Settings mode menu.
Key
Function
Press
Move the selection up
Press
Move the selection down
Press
Enter a selection
Press
Return to the previous screen
Settings Options
Menu Item
Playmode
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Function
Adjust the order in which tracks are played.
Normal:
Play tracks in sequential order.
Repeat one: Play the current track repeatedly.
Repeat all: Play all tracks repeatedly.
Shuffle:
Play tracks in random order.
Preview:
Play the first 10 seconds of each
track.
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SETTINGS MODE
Menu Item
Function
Eq (Equalizer)
Adjust the equalizer mode settings to change the
way music sounds on your player.
Set the option that best matches the music you
are listening to: Normal, Rock, Jazz, Classic,
Pop, or Bass.
Contrast
Adjust the contrast of the player’s display (01 =
lowest contrast; 10 = highest contrast).
Backlight
Adjust the duration of time the display backlight
will remain on for after the last key press.
A setting of “ON” will keep the backlight on; a
setting of “OFF” will turn the backlight off.
Lightcolor
Adjust the color of the backlight. A setting of
“Auto” will change the color of the backlight with
each key press.
Power
Adjust the duration of time the player will remain
on for when it is idle.
A setting of “DISABLE” will keep the player on.
Rec Set
Adjust the quality of recordings made by your
player. Higher-quality recordings will take up
more memory on your player.
• Press
or
to select Rate.
• Press
or
to change the recording
quality option: Normal, Middle, or High.
• Select and enter Exit.
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SETTINGS MODE
Menu Item
Function
Lyric
Turn Lyric display support on or off.
Lyric display supports “.LRC” files which may
be found on the internet or may be created with
a lyric file editor. LRC files may also contain
synchronized timing information.
Languages
Select the language that the player’s menus are
displayed in: English, French, German, Spanish,
Portuguese, Italian, Polish, Hungarian, Chinese
PRC, or Chinese TRA.
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DEL FILES MODE
Deleting Files on Your Player
To delete files from your player, select and confirm DEL
FILES from the Main menu.
Del Files Menu Controls
Use the following controls in Del Files mode.
Key
Function
Press
Move the selection up
Press
Move the selection down
Press
Display the contents of the selected folder
Press
Return to the previous folder
Press
Mark a file for deletion [ ]. Press
again to unmark the file.
Multiple files may be marked for deletion.
Press
Delete files marked for deletion. The player
will prompt you for confirmation. Select and
confirm “Yes” to delete.
You may also connect your player to a computer to
manage the files on your player. Please refer to the
documentation that came with your computer for more
information about file management.
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ABOUT MODE
Enter ABOUT mode to view information about your player
(Firmware version, Free Memory, and Total Memory).
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USB CONNECTIONS
Minimum PC Requirements
You can connect the MP-C896 to a computer with a
USB port to transfer files to your player or to manage the
files on your player. The minimum requirements listed
below will allow you to perform basic file management
functions; advanced features will require a faster PC and
Windows configuration.

MS Windows 98SE (Service Pack 1) or ME [USB-MSC];
MS Windows 2000 (Service Pack 3 or above) with Windows
Media Player 9 [USB-MSC];
MS Windows XP (Service Pack 1 or above) with Windows
Media Player 10 or newer [USB-MSC]

Pentium 166 MMX processor (or equivalent)

96MB RAM

50MB of available hard drive space

Internet connection

Video Display card

Sound card

USB 1.0 or USB 2.0 Full-Speed port
New versions of Windows Media Player may be downloaded from the Microsoft website at www.microsoft.com.
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USB CONNECTIONS
USB Driver Installation (Windows 98SE Only)
It is not necessary to install the USB driver if your
computer is running Microsoft Windows ME/2000/XP
or newer, or Macintosh OS X. Computers running these
operating systems will recognize your player automatically when connected.
If your computer is running Windows 98 SE:
1.
Insert the Installation CD into your computer’s CD
or DVD drive. Make sure to place the mini-CD in the
center, recessed well of the drive tray.
2.
Navigate to MY COMPUTER and double-click on
the CD/DVD drive icon (usually “D:”).
3.
Double-click on the SETUP icon (SETUP.EXE) to
start the USB driver installation program.
4.
Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the
installation and then restart your computer.
Mini-CDs should only be used in normal tray-loading CD/
DVD drives. Mini-CDs may be used in slot-loading drives
with the proper adapter; please contact your computer or
drive manufacturer for more information.
Connecting to a Computer
1.
Make sure the player is turned off.
2.
Remove the USB Cap and plug the MP-C896
directly into your computer’s USB port. You may
choose to use a USB extension cable to connect to
a computer.
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USB CONNECTIONS

Your computer will automatically recognize the
player. An icon representing your player will
appear as a “Removable Disk” when you open
“My Computer”.
It may take your computer several minutes to recognize
and set up the device the first time it is connected
depending on your hardware configuration.
Transferring Files
The USB 2.0 Full-Speed connection makes it easy
to transfer music files (or any other data files) quickly
between the player and your computer. Simply use the
player as you would a floppy disk using basic operating
system commands.
If you need further assistance with transferring 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 transmission - this could damage or corrupt the
player’s firmware or your files. If the player is accidentally disconnected and is not working properly, reset your
player (see the Getting Started section for details).
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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USB CONNECTIONS
Microsoft Windows
1.
Double-click the "My Computer" icon on your
desktop and then double-click the MP-C896 icon
(MTP Multimedia Player).
2.
Your player contains two folders: Data and Media.

Drag your media files to the Media folder (e.g.,
MP3, WMA files).

Drag all other types of files to the Data folder for
storage (e.g., TXT, DOC, XLS, etc). Data files
are only visible from a computer; these files will
not be available from within the player itself.
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USB CONNECTIONS
Macintosh OS X
1.
Open a Finder window. Locate the files you would
like to transfer from your computer. Select the
files/folders with the mouse and press APPLE-C
(copy) on the keyboard.
2.
Click on the Removable Disk icon located on the left
side of the finder window. The computer will display
all files and folders currently stored in the player.
3.
Press APPLE-V (paste) on the keyboard to transfer
the files you selected in Step 1 to the player.
Disconnecting from a Computer
If your player is recognized as an MTP device, you may
simply unplug the cable to disconnect from a computer.
If it is recognized as a USB Mass Storage device (i.e.,
a “Removable Disk”), then follow the steps below to
prevent data loss or 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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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”.
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 10
You can use Windows Media Player and a USB-MTP
connection to manage your music media library with
Microsoft Windows XP or newer.
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 updates
to improve the performance of the MP-C896 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.
1.
Download the latest firmware for your player from www.
cobyusa.com. Save this file to the computer.
2.
Double-click the downloaded file (you may need a file
compression utility installed on your computer). In the
window that appears, double-click the file “Setup.exe” to
begin installing the firmware update utility.
3.
Follow the on-screen instructions to complete installation of the firmware update utility.
4.
Connect your player to the computer after the utility has
been installed.
5.
Run the firmware update utility from the Start menu
(i.e., click “Start > Programs > SigmaTel > MTPMSCN
Firmware Download > Download Firmware”). The
utility will commence searching for your player that is
connected to the computer.
6.
Click “Start” to begin the firmware update. DO NOT
INTERRUPT THE FIRMWARE UPDATE.
7.
Disconnect your player from the computer when the
update has completed and restart your player.
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ABOUT MP3/WMA MUSIC FILES
For more information about digital MP3 and WMA files,
please visit our website at www.cobyusa.com.
Most online music stores and subscription services use
WMDRM10 files*. Please refer to the documentation of
either Microsoft or the store from which you purchased
your music for more information and support.
WMDRM9 may be used for music purchases, only. WMDRM10 is necessary for subscription-based services.
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.
* A few examples of online music stores that support WMDRM are: AOL Music Now, Napster To Go,
URGE, Virgin Digital, and Y! Music (Yahoo! Music).
Music purchased and downloaded from the iTunes music
store are AAC files encrypted with Apple Fairplay DRM.
The MP-C896 does not support AAC file playback.
Please use only MP3, WMA, or WAV music files with
your player.
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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.
COBY Electronics Technical Support
Address: 56-65 Rust St.
Maspeth, NY 11378
Hours:
8:00 AM–11:00 PM EST, seven days a week
Phone:
718-416-3197 or 800-681-2629
Email:
techsupport@cobyusa.com
Web:
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The player does not turn on.

Ensure that the battery retains a charge. Try replacing the battery with a new one.

Try resetting your player (remove and replace the
battery).

Ensure that the Hold switch is disengaged.
The buttons do not work.

Ensure that the battery retains a charge. Try replacing the battery with a new one.

Ensure that the Hold switch is disengaged.
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I cannot transfer files to the player.

Ensure that your computer is running a supported
operating system.

If you are running Microsoft Windows 98 SE, ensure
that the USB driver has been properly installed.

If using the supplied 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 switch is disengaged.
There is no sound during playback.

Check the volume level.

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.
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
Try lowering the volume of the player.

Ensure that the headphones are attached securely
to the player.
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 LCD characters are corrupted or something is
wrong with the display.

Ensure that the correct menu language has been set.

Try resetting your player (remove and replace the
battery).
The player has malfunctioned.

Try resetting your player (remove and replace the
battery).

Try updating the player’s firmware. Please refer to
the Firmware Upgrades section of this manual for
detailed instructions.
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SPECIFICATIONS
Display Type
128 x 64 Dot-Matrix LCD with Backlight
Memory
2GB Integrated Flash Memory
Audio Format Support
MP3, WMA
DRM Support
WMDRM10*
Song Info Support
ID3, LRC
Recording Format
IMA-ADPCM Encoding
FM Frequency Range
87.5 - 108.0MHz
PC Interface
USB 2.0 Full-Speed
Plug and Play Support
Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP or newer
Mac OS X
Audio Output
3.5mm Stereo (Headphone)
Audio Input
Integrated Microphone
Menu Language
Support
English, French, German, Hebrew,
Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese
(Trad), Chinese (Simp)
Power Supply
1 x “AAA” Battery
Unit Dimensions
2.2” x 2.87” x 0.82” (WHD)
* Music Service must support Windows Media DRM (WMDRM). WMDRM10 requires
Windows XP and Windows Media Player 10 or newer.
Specifications and manual are subject to change without prior notice.
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COBY Electronics Corp.
56-65 Rust Street
Maspeth, NY 11378
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