Sonicblue, makers of the Rio MP3 player, have announced the Mac-compatible Rio Advanced Digital Audio Center.

The product has a 40GB hard drive, three USB connections capable of handling MP3 players, and a built-in CD-RW drive, allowing users to create compilations. Apple's FireWire iPod is incompatible with the device.

The unit can hold over 650 CDs' worth of music, can create playlists, display artist, album and track-listing information.

Andrew Wolfe, chief technology officer with Sonicblue claims The Rio Audio Center "is one of the only solutions with sound quality that meets the expectations of home audio enthusiasts".

The MP3 audio solution also connects to Rio Receiver units using a USB Ethernet adaptor, so music can be played in other parts of the house. Up to eight such units are supported, and each can play different music simultaneously.

The Center also has a built-in 56K modem, which can be used to update the built-in database.

This product is available for pre-order in the US. International ordering-information isn't yet available. It costs $1,499. Each Rio Receiver costs $199.