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Rio Carbon 5 GB MP3 Player

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  • 5 GB storage capacity holds up to 2500 songs, 80 hours of MP3 , or 160 hours WMA
  • Plays MP3, WMA, and Audible audio formats
  • Rechargeable battery offers up to 20 hours of battery life on a single charge
  • USB 2.0 for faster downloads; built-in microphone for voice recording
  • Compatible with Windows 98SE, 2000, ME, XP and MAC OS X v10.2 or later
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Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NameRio
Item Weight15.2 ounces
Product Dimensions2.4 x 0.6 x 3 inches
Item model number90260554
Number of Items1
  
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Additional Information
ASINB0002UB2P0
Best Sellers Rank #151,847 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1 pounds
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableMay 4, 2006
  
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Rio
  • Model: 90260554
  • Digital Storage Capacity: 5 GB
  • Supported Standards: WMA, MP3, Audible
  • Hardware Platform: PC, Mac
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Product Description

From the Manufacturer

From the Manufacturer The Rio Carbon is capable of holding up to 80 hours of MP3 (160 hours WMA) music, and with up to 20 hours of battery life on a single charge, music lovers need not worry about running out of juice.

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Sporting an ultrathin and tapered design and with 25 percent more memory than iPod Mini, this tiny MP3 player--about the size of a business card--will slide into any pocket, virtually unnoticeable. The Rio Carbon is capable of holding up to 80 hours of MP3 music (160 hours of WMA), and with up to 20 hours of battery life on a single charge, music lovers need not worry about running out of juice. Supporting USB 2.0 and a host of file formats, users can download music efficiently and easily from most of their favorite online music sites. The Rio Carbon also includes voice recording and provides seamless integration and support of both the Windows and Mac platforms.

 

Features and Benefits

  • 5 GB of memory stores up to 80 hours of MP3 music or 160 hours of WMA music
  • Plays MP3, WMA, and Audible audio formats
  • Built-in microphone for voice recording
  • Easily drag and drop data and music files onto your player
  • Rechargeable battery offers up to 20 hours of battery life on a single charge
  • USB 2.0 for faster downloads
  • Charge from USB or the included power adapter
  • Windows and Mac compatible
  • Includes Rio Music Manager, the most intuitive way to create and manage your digital music library

The Rio Carbon features easy-to-navigate ports and jacks.

What's in the Box
Rio Carbon 5 GB, Carrying Case, High Quality Earbuds, Power Adapter, USB Cable, Installation Disk, Quick Start Guide, and Warranty Card.

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Product Description

Rio Carbon 5G MP3 Player

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Very easy to use, Nice and small, Great sound with some good earphones.
Keith
When I contacted customer service to fix the problem, they informed me I needed to purchase another player since the "telling" 90 day warranty had expired.
David T. Bradley
So the Rio Carbon just might be the best miniHD mp3 player on the market right now!
JiggyDancer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Dawn P on September 22, 2004
General thoughts about Music Playback:

It's great at its main purpose, playing music. The Rio Carbon is small and incredibly lightweight so carrying it in your jean pocket, jacket pocket, tight jeans' pocket, etc... is easy and comfortable. The metal back scratches a little too easily but that is something you have to expect with this kind of shiny surface. Just love the battery life for playing music (not recording! - see below). The way the music files are organized requires me to really use playlists. Otherwise, I'll often play the same album 20 times in a row. Shuffle could be a little bit more random but really can't complain. I mainly bought this device because of its potential for super multi-tasking so I'll leave the music playback comments to other reviewers.

As a Portable Hard Drive:

I've used it to replace my USB memory drives (since I either lose them or they stop working after 6 months) and it interfaces seamlessly with the computers I use (mainly Win XP). Like all multi-GB HDDs, it takes awhile to scan the files when you first plug it in. Unfortunately, you can't download the Win 98 drivers from the Rio website. For those who use Win 98 computers occasionally, this means that you'll either need to carry the Rio CD around with you or put the drivers online (i.e. in an email account). Overall, the concept of using this as a cheap portable small harddrive that just happens to be an mp3 player is very appealing to a student like me. You get slightly less than 5Gb so it's possible to allot one entire gigabyte to files while saving the other 3.7GB to music. It's about the size of 3 Sandisk Cruzer Mini USB drives laid parallel to each other, but it can hold a billion more files (slight exaggeration)!
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By JiggyDancer on December 7, 2004
I own both the Rio Carbon and the iPod Mini. Personally, I prefer the Carbon. I'm sure many of you out there are deciding between the Rio Carbon, the iPod Mini, and the Zen Micro. As far as I'm concerned, the offerings from Dell and Gateway aren't nearly as competitive. Here is why I bought the Rio Carbon (for myself). I got an engraved iPod Mini for my girlfriend because it was shiny and pink.

Pros
1. 20 hours of battery life (Manufacturer estimate) - way longer than Mini or Micro (Micro has removable batteries though, but you'll need 2 of those batteries to equal Carbon battery life)
2. 5gigs of memory - 1gig more than Mini, does not need partitioning for file storage like Micro
3. Drag and Drop interface - easy to load and unload than Mini or Micro
4. Does not need Drivers - transfer files to or from any computer
5. Smaller/Lighter than Mini and Micro
6. Nicer looking (unless you like the different colors)
7. Microphone for recording! Mini lacks this function. Micro has it plus radio!
8. Plays WMA files. Mini lacks this function. Micro has it!
9. Cheaper than Mini and Micro (street price)

Cons
1. No radio
2. Laggy interface
3. Just one color
4. No engravings
5. Static when using metal plugged headphones (can be fixed)

Battery life:
I haven't gotten around to timing the battery life, cuz I never need it for 20 hour straight, but it definitely lasts me through the longest days. (about 14 hours or so) All the battery life you'll really need if you recharge while you sleep. The battery can be charged by USB, which is very convenient if you need that extra juice.
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229 of 274 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 25, 2004
I work at Circuit City so I love this tech stuff. Rios carbon is by far the best Mp3 on the market. As you already know it's sleeker and more stylish, has a better battery, better softwear, equalizer, 1 gig more than "I-flop". Great sound!!

It's very easy to do, if fact there isn't much of a instruction manual just a fold out poster with the 6 steps to get started. You hear everyone say it is plug and play well it is. Plug it to USB, start rio manager, put in a cd (rio manager will read this cd and gather Artist, album title, track listing, it will identfiy genre, and even published date. So now that your cd is loaded and read, select the tracks you want to copy or select all if you want the whole cd. You have your selection, now copy tracks (this just takes it from the Cd and puts on your computer. Once it is on your computer select transfer. This will send it to the rio player. it took me about 2mins from putting a cd in and hearing from my carbon. i have 182 tracks (746mb used, 4769mb free) this includes and audible file "Bourne Ultimatium" which is a "Book on tape" 3:30hrs long. You get 2 free downloads from audible.com

Why only 4 stars?

1) 90 day warranty? Lots of customers dont like extened warranties, but $50 (circuit city) covers you for 2 years and is cheaper then spending $200-400 on a new Mp3 Player.

2) The case-- Yes it is a tight fit, dont worry about it falling out- it wont. But couldn't Rio at least put a belt clip on this thing?

3) Scratches easily- already have a teeny-tiny one over my lcd.
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