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Rio Cali 256 MB Sport MP3 Player

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256 MB
  • 256 MB of memory for over 4 hours of MP3 or 8 hours of WMA music
  • Secure Digital card/MMC expansion slot provides up to 512 MB of additional memory
  • Built-in FM Tuner
  • 18-hours of continuous playback with one AAA battery
  • Compatible with computers with USB 1.1 ports running Windows 98 SE, 2000, ME, XP, Mac OS X
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Product Information

Capacity: 256 MB
Technical Details
Brand NameRio
Item Weight3 pounds
Product Dimensions13 x 7 x 3 inches
Item model number90260473
Discontinued by manufacturerYes
Number of Items1
  
Technical Specification
Additional Information
ASINB0000AXKBK
Best Sellers Rank #185,446 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight13.6 ounces
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Date First AvailableAugust 9, 2003
  
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Product Description

Capacity: 256 MB

Product Description

Wrapped in grippy, protective rubber, the Cali 256 is built to play hard. Solid-state electronics carry over 60 songs* with no skips—ever. Comfortable Sport Clip earphones, case with armband, and integrated stopwatch with lap timer make the Cali a functional sport accessory. 5-band adjustable equalizer gives more control over your sound than most players. Onboard FM tuner means you always have something to listen to. An empty expansion slot allows you to add up to 512MB of additional SDTM or MMCTM memory. Simple menus and intuitive controls make for easy one-handed operation.

From the Manufacturer

Wrapped in grippy, protective rubber, the Cali 256 is built to play hard. Solid-state electronics carry over 60 songs* with no skips--ever. Comfortable Sport Clip earphones, case with armband, and integrated stopwatch with lap timer make the Cali a functional sport accessory. 5-Band Adjustable Equalizer gives more control over your sound than most players. Onboard FM tuner means you always have something to listen to. An empty expansion slot allows you to add up to 512MB of additional SD or MMC memory. Simple menus and intuitive controls make for easy one-handed operation.

Features

  • 256 MB of memory plays back over 4 hours of MP3 or 8 hours of WMA music (over 60 MP3 or 120 WMA songs)*
  • Expansion slot to add up to 512MB additional memory using SD or MMC cards (sold separately)
  • USB 1.1 connects to almost any computer
  • Transfer content between multiple PCs
  • 18-hour continuous playback using one Energizer AAA Battery
  • 5-Band Adjustable Equalizer with pre-sets
Box contents
  • Rio Cali 256
  • Carrying Case with Armband
  • Sport Clip Earphones
  • Energizer AAA Alkaline Battery
  • USB Cable
  • Installation Disk
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty Card
System requirements
  • Windows 98SE, 2000, ME, XP, Mac OS X
  • Intel Pentium II 233 MHz or equivalent
  • 64 MB RAM
  • 35 MB available hard drive space
  • USB port
  • CD-ROM drive
Warranty
90 day limited

**At 128 kbps MP3, 64 kbps WMA


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Very easy to use and navigate, memory is small, but great player for running, very durable.
Brian Rhatigan
I also like that it has a belt clip because I can't stand using arm bands and carrying cases while I'm jogging.
L. Gatewood
Avoid the Cali, avoid Rio, save up your money and get a reliable player like an iPod instead.
E. Schlesinger

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Mike Carnevale on March 4, 2004
Size Name: 128 MB
I was looking for a flash mp3 player to use while exercising and mowing the lawn -- and, of course, to have another neat little gadget. I have been shopping around for about a year and came across the new line of Rios that came out this past fall. The Cali looked like it fit the ticket and it seemed to get favorable reviews almost everywhere I looked. So, I started to pack away some cash in my piggy bank to get one. I'm glad I did.
Here's what I like about it. First, it's a flash player so it won't skip. Sure, 128MB (or 256MB) will not hold nearly as much music as an x-GB hard drive-based player, but who needs to carry their whole music collection around on their hip? With 128MB I can carry 4 hours of WMA files around with me in a smaller, lighter and less expensive package. This is plenty of room to accompany me on a riding mower or a long car or plane trip. Second, as I mentioned, the Cali is sleek and light. The controls are easily accessible and intuitive. The joystick is a little quirky sometimes, but still easily managable. Third, it sounds great and has plenty of volume -- with another set of headphones. When I first fired up the Cali I thought it sounded okay. Then, I invested in some Sony headphones and now it sounds great. Fourth, the memory is expandable if you want to pack more than 4 hours of music on the device. Fifth, the software is VERY easy to use. Transfering songs back and forth between Cali and PC is a snap. You can even control the order the songs play on the device by creating playlists. Sixth, the Cali uses only one AAA battery. Moreover, it can use either alkaline OR rechargeable NiMH. So, I plopped down five bucks at Wal-Mart for a pair of NiMHs.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 2003
Size Name: 128 MB
Looked all over for a mp3 player to replace my mpio-dmk which gave out after a year. I use mine almost exlusively for working out, especially jogging. I know of almost no one who uses armbands, clipping the player to a waistband works much better, and looks less goofy. Even though mp3 players have been out for years now the clips and attachments are still often made as an afterthought, and rarely well documented on the internet, or in the cases at the store. A case in point is the RCA Lyra rd1080, which I returned for the cali. Buying the cali was still an act of faith since there were no pictures of the "sports armband" that came with it. Anyhow, I've only had it for a few days but here is what I like about it:
1. It comes with a "holster" with a metal clip that attaches tightly to the player without covering any controls except the usb attachment. Perfect for jogging, it is lightweight, and the joystick works well enough for advancing tunes while on the move. Volume controls also very easy to use, even when running. Also seems solidly made, hope it will last.
2. The sd slot cannot be accessed without removing the battery, so it is impossible to take it out with the power on. This also makes the slot well sealed. Smart design.
3. Navigation to fm tuner and other features is straightforward.
All in all good first impressions. Recommended for runners
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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 31, 2003
Size Name: 256 MB Verified Purchase
I've used this Rio Cali 256 for a few months now, and it plays awesome! I added a 512MB SD card and can fit 13 hours of MP3 music and play it all on 1 battery! The Music Manager application is good for categorizing and transfers, but I used another application to rip my CD collection. You have to use the Rio Taxi if you want to transfer data files, it does not show up in Windows explorer as a drive letter. Taxi is a very tempermental application. When trying to transfer large files (over 8MB) via drag and drop it crashes. It seems to work when right-clicking the large file and choosing Save Item As, then picking the folder where you want to copy it to. Really large files (over 100MB) don't seem to copy at all; the application times out. Can't understand how I copied a 165MB file to the Rio but now can't copy it off the Rio? Copying files to the Rio gave me no problem, just transferring files back to the PC. Copy and Paste doesn't work at all. Since I use this 99% of the time for working out and listening to MP3's, I give it a 3 out of 5. You're better off with a USB jump drive or something similar if you want a small product to transfer files.
Music 5 of 5
File Tranfers 1 of 5
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234 of 291 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 25, 2003
Size Name: 256 MB
Good sound but can only use proprietary software. MP3 files will not play on the Cali unless converted through the supplied software. Expansion cards CANNOT be written on anything but the Cali itself. So if I transfer my MP3 files through my card reader writer the Cali does not recognize it and reads the card as empty. If you transfer through the Cali then the PC sees the card as "unformatted" and prompts you to format the card. Major major flaw. I can't think of one reason to complicate life by making the unit so difficult to use and not compatible with standard MP3 format. The result is the user has to transfer all their MP3 files again to Cali proprietary format and only through the painfully slow USB 1.1 that the unit supports. Very poor design flaw. Any SD/MMC card written by the Cali is virtually useless for any other MP3 device or PC. So save your money and look for something else. I compared it the MPIO, which easily read the card written on the PC, but the sound quality was lacking on the low frequency. The Cali actually has nicer sound than the MPIO in my opinion. But after confirming the above with their tech support (which by the way was quick and polite but not so knowledgeable) after checking with his "senior technician" told me there is no way to support MP3 files directly from the PC unless converted through their own software or "Real" but only through the Cali. Another strange design quirk is the fact that every time you change cards you have to remove the battery, then the Cali is reset to "1/1/70" and then you have to reset the date every time!! (Yes, you read right 1970!!) Even a $20 pager can do better than that. Their engineer must be on drugs. Although I liked the sound, I took the unit back to Best Buy the next day.Read more ›
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