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Rio S30S Sport 64 MB MP3 Player

3 out of 5 stars 93 customer reviews

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  • 64 MB on-board memory; expandable up to 192 MB via MMC cards
  • Supports MP3 or WMA files; upgradeable for future music formats; PC and Mac compatible
  • Integrated FM tuner, clock, and stopwatch; water and impact resistant
  • Up to 10 hours' playback on one AAA battery; accepts NiMH rechargeables
  • Includes earbuds, carry case with clip and armband, AAA battery, USB cable, and music management software
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Rio
  • Model Number: 90260376
  • Digital Storage Capacity: 64.0 MB

Product Description

Product Description

Designed with the athlete in mind, this compact Rio MP3 player provides rugged durability and up to 2 hours of skip-free music. Store and play MP3 and WMA digital music files with 64 MB of built-in memory, or listen to your favorite radio station with the integrated FM tuner. Advanced navigation and a large, backlit display make finding songs and artists simple, while the USB connection and Rio Music Manager software provide quick and easy music file transfers. Perfect for the gym, it has a built-in clock and stopwatch and up to 10 hours of battery life. Packaged with incredible software to help you organize your music, including RealOne, iTunes and MoodLogic software to create mixes for 100 tracks. Upgradeable to 192 MB using MMC memory cards (not included). Includes sport earphones, carrying case with belt clip, adjustable sport armband, 1 AAA battery and USB cable. PC and Mac compatible. Minimum system requirements for PC: 64 MB RAM; CD-ROM drive; USB port; Internet connection recommended; Windows 98, 98 SE, XP, Me or 2000 with 233 MHz Pentium II or equivalent. Minimum system requirements for Mac: 32 MB RAM; CD-ROM drive; powered USB port; Internet connection recommdended; Mac OS 9.0.4 or later; or Mac OS X v10.1 or later. No. S30S. Songs purchased from Napster 2.0 are compatible with Rio portables. Please use the Rio Music Manager or the Windows Media Player 9 to transfer songs purchased from Napster 2.0 to your Rio. Napster 2.0 Client users can also use the free Napster Plug-In for the Windows Media Player 9 for an integrated experience. Available storage capacity may vary.

From the Manufacturer

Designed for athletes, the RioSPORT S30S is built to withstand the elements. This rugged, durable player holds up to an hour of skip-free MP3 or 2 hours of WMA music. The 64 MB internal memory is upgradeable to 576 MB using SD or MMC memory cards. Includes sport armband, belt-clip and has a built-in FM tuner, clock and stopwatch.

What's in the Box

  • RioSPORT S30S digital audio player
  • Sport earphones
  • Carrying case with belt clip
  • Adjustable armband
  • AAA battery
  • USB cable
  • Rio Music Manger software
  • Audio management software for PC and Mac
  • Getting started guide

Product Information

Product Dimensions 12 x 4 x 8 inches
Item Weight 1.1 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.1 pounds
Manufacturer Rio
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Item model number 90260376
Customer Reviews
3 out of 5 stars 93 customer reviews

3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #3,509 in Electronics > Portable Audio & Video > MP3 Players & Accessories > MP3 Players
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Date first available at Amazon.com May 14, 2003

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Overall rating: 4.5/5; 90%; A-.
Happiness with product: Very happy (not ecstatic)

My overall rating is on the features I care about, which is everything except the included software, which needs work, and the FM radio, which I do not plan on using, but did test for the purpose of this review.

Itemized ratings:

5/5 MP3 Sound Quality (did not test wma)
5/5 Screen quality and information displayed
4/5 Case Quality (Only red is rubberized)
4/5 Battery Life (Tested with Alkaline, not NiMH yet)
4/5 Navigation (Menu organization is great, but slow processor)
2/5 FM Radio (It works like a $10 radio)
4/5 Size. (H=~2.875" W=~2.5" D=1.0") Circular, not rectangular!
4/5 Weight. 2.25oz w/ battery and expansion card. No headphones.

Pro's and con's:

pro's: Excellent reproduction of .mp3 songs, tough case, solid buttons, small size, 10 hours + on an alkaline battery, supports NiMH (Nickel-Medal Hydride) batteries, excellent screen, upgradeable firmware, very easy to navigate options and songs.

con's: Not fully rubberized. FM reception is poor and extremely succeptable to interference. Included software is mediocre.

The software and computer interface:
It's a CD. Sonic Media (the included software) should rip music; they use real one player, which is also included, for this feature.

You have to use 2 different software programs to really get the device to work well. This is a poor design. I'd recommend Musicmatch, but at the time of this writing they don't have a plugin for the s30s, s35s, or s50; thus you'd have to use 2 programs still.

The body:
Unfortunately only the red part is rubberized, which includes the side and the back.
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I found the Rio S30 well worth the price. I compared other MP3 players (sport models) and selected the Rio - had it for 2 months now and never regretted buying it. The Rio has a rubber-type body with a plastic front. It is extremely light as I clip it to my waistband - it bounces a little, but hardly noticeable. I could strap it to my arm with the arm band, but the earphone cord gets wrapped around my arm while jogging. The sound quality is excellent and has more than enough power - I turn it up to about 1/2 to 3/4 volume. The viewing screen is 1 1/2 inch square - easy to read with a scrolling song title across the top. The screen also shows the time, battery life, minutes and seconds for the song playing, and number of songs in memory (main memory and card). Currently, I am using a 64 meg memory card, which which combined with the main memory, gives me about 31 songs. I just ordered a 256 meg memory card.
Battery life is about 6 hours using alkaline batteries. The slightly kidney-shaped player fits snugly into a 1/2 rubber case with a clip. The case has small holes that allows access to the buttons for volume control, on/off switch and the headphones connector. My only suggestion is the case have a thin membrane over the openings to protect the buttons and a dust boot over headphones connection - so sweat cannot penetrate. The FM radio works OK - even with the upgrade. I can pick up a few stations, but choose to listen to MP3 anyway. The software is easy to install and is very intuitive. Transferring songs are a breeze. Overall, a good value.
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I'm a runner and a techno-phobe, but when my old radio finally bit the dust I decided to move up to an MP3 player. After carefully reading the Amazon reviews, I selected this player and promised myself I'd write a review with my honest thoughts about it. The verdict: It's fabulous. It was easy to set up, and after a few false starts I was able to transfer music effortlessly from my PC to my player. I use WMA files from MS Media Player and can get four hours of music into this baby. The sound quality is nothing short of wonderful--this is what I always hoped it would be like when listening to music during a run. The headphones are terrific--I don't know what the complaint is.
The disadvantages of this player are: 1) the radio is worthless, but who cares? I knew that when I bought it and believe me, I've had it with commercials during a long run anyway 2) the software does not allow you to manipulate the order of songs easily so you cannot shift them around once they are in the player--you have to unload it and reload another order 3) I haven't found it particularly easy to find FREE music that I want on the web. So far I'm downloading my own and that's ok, too.
One more thing: the durability of this player is nothing short of amazing. I dropped it in the toilet the first day I had it, but was lucky enough to grab it out quickly (double luck: clean water!). After a day's dry out, I turned it on expecting the worst but it fired up with no problem and has worked flawlessly since.
Buy an extra memory card when you purchase this--you;ll want it.
For a runner who doesn't like the learning curve for new technology, this is a terrific product.
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I purchased the S30S after looking at the other MP3 players, to replace my aging Nomad MP3 player. Overall, I'm happy with the purchase. Compared to my older MP3 player, the S30S is better in every respect.
Granted, the S30S doesn't have as much internal memory as other MP3 players, but it accepts MMC (MulitMediaCard) memory cards up to 128MB. With the firmware upgrade (available at the website), this unit will now support SD memory cards up to 512MB.
The included music manager software is a barebones (and mediocre) file manager designed to get mp3s and WMA files to and from the device. It is much easier to use Windows Media Player to copy the files - it will even tell you what files won't fit when you max out the memory.
Originally, FM radio reception was fair to poor, but it wasn't even a consideration when I purchased it. It was greatly improved by the firmware upgrade. I still don't use the FM receiver.
I would recommend a pair of comfortable headphones. The headphones that were included were uncomfortable to me. Depending on the shape of your ear you may or may not suffer discomfort. In either case, I would recommend a higher quality set of headphones.
Several other reviews mentioned that the device power cycled. Beware copy protected music files. Attempting to play a copy protected Microsoft media file will cause the device to power cycle. I discovered this the hard way and was about to return the player until I figured out that the files I had purchased from a music vendor were copy protected. There are no error messages, no errors, the S30S just quits and reboots. Since I discovered this, the unit has performed flawlessly.
Also, check the firmware version and upgrade if possible.
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