MAC thinks that MP3 Player is an Audio Device

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  1. Hezzi macrumors newbie

    Hezzi

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    We got a cheap little mp3 player for my son. He is far too young to be trusted with anything expensive, but he likes to listen to his songs. Anyway, when I tried to hook up the player the computer wouldn't recognize it. At least that is what I thought. After an hour of frustrated troubleshooting, I figured out that my MAC thinks that it is an audio device. How do I fix this? It is extremely annoying. The MP3 player is the CDN5 device in the screen shot...
     

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  2. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    And your intention is to drag and drop files to it like a USB thumb drive?
    Does it appear in Disk Utility as a drive? If not, you may want to consult the user manual to see how it's supposed to function.
     
  3. Hezzi thread starter macrumors newbie

    Hezzi

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    That is my intention. It doesn't show up in disk utility. And, of course, there is no users manual... It is that cheap of a product... :/
     
  4. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - Strange. I've no idea how it's supposed to function then. You can't Google your way to something based on the name of it?
     
  5. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    When plugged into the Mac, it -IS- "an audio device", insofar as the Mac OS is concerned. That's why it shows up in the sound panel (or in Audio/MIDI Setup) as a "source".
    You need to select it -as- the source, then the Mac will see and connect to its audio output.

    If your son wants to listen to music from the mp3 device while using the Mac, maybe the easiest ways might be to:

    1. Get him a set of lightweight headphones, and just plug them into the mp3 player
    or
    2. Get a pair of self-powered speakers. Show him how to plug in the mp3 player to the speakers, turn them on, and play music that way.

    More thoughts:
    I believe that some mp3 players have an option to behave as either a "file storage device" (to which you can copy and delete files, as you would a USB flashdrive", or a "media device" (for playing back music but not file manipulation).
    You might check to see how that's set up.
     
  6. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 601

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    And the brand of the player is? The USB Device ID in the System Profiler is?
     

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