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Motorola m250 User Manual

Motorola user guide digital audio player m250, m500.
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  • Page 1 50/m500 DIGITAL AUDIO...
  • Page 2 (such as translation, transformation or adaptation) without written permission from Motorola, Inc. Motorola reserves the right to revise this publication and to make changes in content from time to time without obligation on the part of Motorola to provide notification of such revision or change. Motorola provides this guide without warranty of any kind, either implied or expressed, including but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose.
  • Page 3: Declaration Of Conformity

    According to 47 CFR, Parts 2 and 15 for Class B Personal Computers and Peripherals; and/or CPU Boards and Power Supplies used with Class B Personal Computers, Motorola, Inc., (Motorola, Inc., Broadband Communications Sector, 101 Tournament Drive, Horsham, PA 19044, 1-877- 466-8646), declares under sole responsibility that the product identifies with 47 CFR Part 2 and 15 of the FCC Rules as a Class B digital device.
  • Page 4 Do not dispose of batteries in fire, which could result in explosion. The rechargeable batteries that power this product must be disposed of properly and may need to be recycled. Refer to your battery’s label for battery type. Contact your local recycling center for proper disposal methods. m250/m500 DIGITAL AUDIO PLAYER...
  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Contents Package Contents Welcome Tour of the m250/m500 LCD Overview Basic Setup Software Setup Basic Operations Play Music FM Tuner Advanced Features m250/m500 DIGITAL AUDIO PLAYER Settings About Bookmarks Frequently Asked Questions Glossary Appendix A – The MP3 Format Appendix B – Menu Tree...
  • Page 6: Package Contents

    Package Contents • m250/m500 Digital Audio Player • Installation CD • Earphones • AC Adapter/Charger • Belt Clip • Mini USB Cable m250/m500 DIGITAL AUDIO PLAYER...
  • Page 7: Welcome

    LCD, a stopwatch, and an FM radio tuner. Small and powerful, the m250 internal memory can store about 625 songs on its 2.5-gigabyte (GB) hard drive while the m500 internal memory can store about 1250 songs on its 5 GB hard drive (based on a 4-minute song encoded as a 128 kbps MP3).
  • Page 8 Learning More The capabilities of the m250/m500, as well as the power of the software and the ways in which you can work with music files in general, are considerable. You will enjoy experimenting with the software and music files as you get to know how to get the most from your m250/m500 Digital Audio Player.
  • Page 9: Tour Of The M250/m500

    Tour of the m250/m500 Main View m250/m500 DIGITAL AUDIO PLAYER...
  • Page 10 Top View Bottom View m250/m500 DIGITAL AUDIO PLAYER...
  • Page 11 Inside View m250/m500 DIGITAL AUDIO PLAYER...
  • Page 12: Lcd Overview

    LCD Overview Playback Mode Menu Mode m250/m500 DIGITAL AUDIO PLAYER...
  • Page 13: Play Screens

    Play Screens Press the Thumbstick to cycle through Date View, Time Code View, and Track Format View screens. Date View Time Code View Track Format View m250/m500 DIGITAL AUDIO PLAYER...
  • Page 14 FM Radio Manual FM Radio Store Preset FM Radio Preset m250/m500 DIGITAL AUDIO PLAYER...
  • Page 15: Basic Setup

    Mini USB cable to the player. AC Power Adapter/Charger The AC adapter uses a Mini USB connector and attaches to the m250/m500 through the USB port. The first time you charge the battery, let it charge overnight.
  • Page 16 Connect the supplied earphones to the earphone jack on the top of the player (see page 10). Any quality audio earphones with a 3.5mm stereo plug can be used with the m250/m500; however, DO NOT use an earphone from a cell or cordless phone because the wiring is different and can damage the player.
  • Page 17: Additional Accessories

    Additional Accessories Get the most out of your m250/m500 with additional accessories that can make the player easier and more flexible to use. Shop the Motorola web site at
  • Page 18: Software Setup

    Software Setup Overview To enable your computer to work most effectively with the m250/m500 and access the full potential of the player, the appropriate software for your computer’s operating system must be installed: • Motorola Digital Music Center Motorola Digital Music Center is the provided program you use in Windows to manage your audio files.
  • Page 19 Windows Follow these instructions to load the installation software, which enables your PC to recognize the m250/m500. The installation also loads the Motorola Digital Music to install drivers for the player from the CD; refer to your system documentation and Help files for details on doing this.
  • Page 20 To transfer music or files between your computer and the m250/m500, connect the player to your computer using the supplied Mini USB cable. USB Detection with the Windows Device Driver USB connectivity is ready to work immediately after Motorola Digital Music Center has been installed.
  • Page 21 Motorola Digital Music Center Motorola Digital Music Center is an all-in-one solution that is simple to use and can save and manage entire collections of digital audio tracks. Motorola Digital Music Center provides the capabilities listed below. • Copy (rip) audio CDs into compressed (encoded) digital audio formats. Motorola Digital Music Center encodes...
  • Page 22 The iTunes plug-in is required for the Mac Operating System, 10.3 or higher. Your m250/m500 audio player is compatible with Apple’s iTunes, which runs under the Macintosh operating system and is free and available at Support for iTunes also can be found there and in the Help files of the program.
  • Page 23 Title, Artist, and Track names. There is no charge to register and use the service. You have the option during the installation of Motorola Digital Music Center to register with Gracenote, but if you do not, you can register later by following the instructions below.
  • Page 24: Basic Operations

    Basic Operations The basic operations of the m250/m500 are divided into four areas: • How to Control the player functions • How to Copy songs from CDs and other sources to your computer • How to Transfer songs to the m250/m500 from your computer •...
  • Page 25 Control The following controls on the m250/m500 let you access the player’s functions: • POWER Press to turn the player on. To turn the player off, press and hold until the bar graph moves completely across the screen and Saving Settings is displayed.
  • Page 26 Press and release quickly to skip to the previous track. Select and hold to scan backward through a track. In Menu mode, press to return to the Playback mode screen or to back out of a submenu. When setting options, press to cancel the choice and an X will appear on the LCD. m250/m500 DIGITAL AUDIO PLAYER...
  • Page 27 Insert an audio CD into your CD-ROM drive. Click the CD-ROM icon on the Motorola Digital Music Center Device List. In a short time the music tracks on the CD will be read and listed in the Digital Music Center window.
  • Page 28 Transfer Transferring Tracks with Motorola Digital Music Center Transferring tracks from the PC to the m250/m500 with the Motorola Digital Music Center involves selecting tracks and then transferring them onto the player. Launch the Motorola Digital Music Center. Click My Music in the left frame to access tracks. Motorola Digital Music Center scans the computer’s hard drives for digital audio files that are compatible with the m250/m500 player.
  • Page 29 Select the tracks to transfer. Drag and drop the selected tracks onto the m250/m500 player listing in the iTunes Source frame. iTunes will only refresh the audio contents located on the m250/m500 player after all selected tracks have been transferred. m250/m500 DIGITAL AUDIO PLAYER...
  • Page 30: Play Music

    Play Music There are two types of music playback in the m250/m500: • Play Music plays digital audio music tracks in Playback mode. • FM Tuner will let the player receive FM radio stations. These types of playback can be changed at any time through the Main Menu.
  • Page 31: Play All

    Move Thumbstick to select Play Music. Press Thumbstick in. Move Thumbstick to select Play All. Press Thumbstick in to begin playback. m250/m500 DIGITAL AUDIO PLAYER Album To play a specific album: Open MENU by pressing Thumbstick to Move Thumbstick to select Play Music.
  • Page 32: Spoken Word

    Playlists To create a playlist accessible on your m250/m500: Select your m250/m500 from the Device List in Motorola Digital Music Center. Select tracks to add to a playlist. Right-click a highlighted track. Click Add to playlist. Click New Playlist. Enter a playlist name.
  • Page 33 Press Thumbstick in. Move Thumbstick to select a recording or to Delete All. Press Thumbstick in to remove the selection(s). *FM Record appears in the menu as FM Record and in the immediate submenu as FM Recording. m250/m500 DIGITAL AUDIO PLAYER...
  • Page 34: Fm Tuner

    Play/Pause ( ) to start and stop FM Record. Press in to enter Preset mode. In Manual mode, press and hold to enter Store Preset mode. m250/m500 DIGITAL AUDIO PLAYER ), Forward ( ), and Reverse ( ) or backward (...
  • Page 35: Store Preset

    Thumbstick is pressed to Forward ( Store Preset The m250/m500 allows programming of up to eight FM preset slots. To store a preset: When in Manual mode, tune to a frequency you wish to store.
  • Page 36 Press Thumbstick in to select a preset station and return to Manual mode. Recording Broadcasts The m250/m500 FM Tuner allows you to record FM broadcasts and play them back through the player. To record a broadcast: Open MENU by pressing Thumbstick to Move Thumbstick to select FM Tuner.
  • Page 37: Advanced Features

    Advanced Features Your m250/m500 offers a number of useful advanced features beyond the playing of music: • Stopwatch Use this feature to record thousands of laps and instantly tell how much faster or slower the last lap was when compared to the previous one.
  • Page 38 The time for the two most recent laps is shown below the counter, and each new lap saved erases the one before the last. The m250/m500 can track thousands of laps. Lap Difference When in Stopwatch mode, the controls work in the ways described below.
  • Page 39: Settings

    Settings The Settings selection is used to configure certain characteristics of the m250/m500, such as the sound equalizer or the backlight of the LCD. These settings include: • Playback setting lets you choose from regular, shuffled, or repeating. • Equalizer allows you to adjust the player sound using various preset and fully customizable equalizer options.
  • Page 40 Playback Various playback settings can be set to modify the way the m250/m500 plays tracks. Tracks can be shuffled at random and/or repeated continuously. Open MENU by pressing Thumbstick to Move Thumbstick to select Settings. Press Thumbstick in. Move Thumbstick to select Playback.
  • Page 41 Equalizer The sound of tracks played on the m250/m500 can be adjusted using various preset and fully customizable equalizer options. Equalizer settings include: Custom Custom mode allows the player’s settings to be adjusted according to personal preferences. Open MENU by pressing Thumbstick to Move Thumbstick to select Settings.
  • Page 42 EQ Off Select the EQ Off option to apply no equalizer adjustments to audio content on the m250/m500. This is also known as using “flat” settings. Open MENU by pressing Thumbstick to Move Thumbstick to select Settings. Press Thumbstick in.
  • Page 43 Audio format — WMAs use more processing power than MP3s. o Standard headphones — High-powered headphones use more power. Test the battery life with the standard ear buds or headphones that are included with your player. m250/m500 DIGITAL AUDIO PLAYER ) and Reverse ( ) to select Power options.
  • Page 44 Resume Use the options in the Resume menu to set the track that the m250/m500 will play whenever the unit is restarted. Open MENU by pressing Thumbstick to Move Thumbstick to select Settings. Press Thumbstick in. Move Thumbstick to select Resume.
  • Page 45 10 When the options are set as you want, press Thumbstick in. 11 Press Forward ( ) to save settings and Reverse (| m250/m500 DIGITAL AUDIO PLAYER ) to set how long the backlight will stay lit. ) to decrease contrast.
  • Page 46 Move the Thumbstick to control the contrast slider. The contrast slider sets how light or dark the images on the LCD will appear. Setting the contrast too high will result in washed-out images. Setting the contrast too low will result in images that are too dark to read. m250/m500 DIGITAL AUDIO PLAYER here.
  • Page 47 Options include Hour, Minute, and AM/PM. • Set Date Options include Month, Day, and Year. • Time/Date Mode Options include 12-hour (the default setting) and 24-hour time formats and USA (the default setting), Europe, and Japan date formats. m250/m500 DIGITAL AUDIO PLAYER ) and Reverse...
  • Page 48 Press Thumbstick either Forward ( down to select the Region setting, which will start blinking. Press Thumbstick either Forward ( using the m250/m500. Press Thumbstick in to set that option, which will stop blinking. Press Forward ( ) to save settings and Reverse ( X (canceled) will appear on the screen.
  • Page 49 Lock Setup settings include: • Lock Volume Options include On (the default setting) and Off. When set to Off, the volume level can be adjusted even when the m250/m500 has been locked. • Thumbstick Options include Lock and /|| (Play/Pause). When set to /|| control.
  • Page 50 The tag formats available are ASCII (the most commonly used), UTF-8, and JIS (a Japanese format). Changing the tag will not affect the rest of the LCD display. m250/m500 DIGITAL AUDIO PLAYER ) and Reverse ( ) to select the desired encoding options.
  • Page 51: Bookmarks

    Use Thumbstick to select a bookmark. Press Thumbstick to delete the selected bookmark. The m250/m500 automatically saves the current user settings when it is turned off. These settings are automatically restored when the m250/m500 is turned back on. Settings saved automatically are not saved as bookmarks.
  • Page 52: About

    About The About screen displays information about the m250/m500, including the total amount of space on the disk, the amount of free space, the number of tracks on the player, and the Open MENU by pressing Thumbstick to Move Thumbstick to select About.
  • Page 53: Frequently Asked Questions

    Yes. Because there are many standards for VBR files, it cannot be guaranteed that every encoding software package will properly function with the m250/m500. VBR files that do not comply to standards may lack track time, fast forward, and/or rewind capabilities.
  • Page 54 The battery indicator on the m250/m500 is located in the top right corner of the display. The segments in the battery icon show the remaining battery power.
  • Page 55 DIGITAL AUDIO PLAYER Answer The amount of music that can be stored on the m250/m500 depends on the bit rate of the files stored. Bitrate Approximate amount of space required per minute of audio content 64 kbps 0.5 MB...
  • Page 56: Glossary

    While all the codecs perform similar compression of digital audio, there are differences in technologies. The m250/m500 supports the following digital audio codecs: MP3 and WMA. The Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) Codec , most closely identified with MPEG-4, is not currently supported by the m250/m500.
  • Page 57 Motorola Digital Music Center can automatically (or manually) delete old content, transfer new audio content, and keep the content on your m250/m500 fresh and dynamic. Motorola Digital Music Center must be open for synchronization to occur between your m250/m500 and your computer.
  • Page 58 Windows Media Audio (WMA) is a compressed audio format created by Microsoft as an alternative to MP3. The WMA codec offers greater file compression than the MP3 codec, enabling storage of more digital audio tracks in the same amount of space when compared to MP3s at the same level of quality. m250/m500 DIGITAL AUDIO PLAYER...
  • Page 59: Appendix A - The Mp3 Format

    WAV sound, MP3 lends itself ideally to Internet distribution, and to new listening device technologies. Your Motorola m250/m500 is a leading edge player able to take advantage of the incredible flexibility afforded by this format.
  • Page 60 Ripping and Encoding One of the great features of a portable MP3 player like the Motorola m250/m500 is that it allows you to select the best of the music you own and download it to the player, creating your own “greatest hits” collections. Using a tool like the Motorola Digital Music Center, you can copy (rip) a song’s file from the CD onto your hard disk.
  • Page 61: Appendix B - Menu Tree

    Appendix B – Menu Tree m250/m500 DIGITAL AUDIO PLAYER...
  • Page 62: Limited Warranty And Software License

    The Software includes associated media, any printed materials, and any “on-line” or electronic documentation, as well as any updates, revisions, bug fixes, or drivers obtained by you from Motorola. Software provided by third parties may be subject to separate end-user license agreements from the manufacturers of such Software. To the extent that such separate end-user license agreements are provided with such third party software, the terms and conditions of such third party license agreements shall supersede any conflicting terms in this License.
  • Page 63 License. The Software, including any images, graphics, photographs, animation, video, audio, music and text incorporated therein is owned by Motorola or its 3rd party licensors and is protected by United States copyright laws and international treaty provisions. Except as otherwise expressly provided in this License, the copying, reproduction, distribution or preparation of derivative works of the Software, any portion of the Product or the documentation is strictly prohibited by such laws and treaty provisions.
  • Page 64 Motorola is not responsible for any third party software provided as a bundled application, or otherwise, with the Software. U.S. GOVERNMENT RESTRICTED RIGHTS The Product and documentation is provided with RESTRICTED RIGHTS. The use, duplication or disclosure by the Government is subject to restrictions as set forth in subdivision (c)(1)(ii) of The Rights in Technical Data and Computer Software clause at 52.227-7013.
  • Page 65 1. Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer. 2. Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the m250/m500 DIGITAL AUDIO PLAYER...
  • Page 67: Warranty Information

    Motorola or an authorized Motorola reseller, and (B) for the Product (excluding Software), for a period of one (1) year from the date of purchase from Motorola or from an authorized Motorola reseller. To take advantage of this Limited Warranty or to obtain technical support, you must call the Motorola toll- free phone number (below).
  • Page 68 Product for its installation and use. While every reasonable effort has been made to insure that you will receive a Product that you can use and enjoy, Motorola does not warrant that the functions of the Product will meet your requirements or that the operation of the Product will be uninterrupted or error-free.
  • Page 69: Index

    7, 18, 22, 29 Limited Warranty, 62 Lithium Ion, 54 Mini USB, 15 Motorola Digital Music Center, 7, 18, 19, 20, 21, 27, 28, 57 m250/m500 DIGITAL AUDIO PLAYER MP3, 7, 8, 21, 27, 53, 56, 57, 58, 62 Play All, 31...
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