- Brand Name: Rio
- Model Number: 90260376
- Digital Storage Capacity: 64.0 MB
Rio S30S Sport 64 MB MP3 Player
- 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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From the Manufacturer
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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Unfortunately only the red part is rubberized, which includes the side and the back.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had one of these when they came out, in fact my first MP3 player. The memories of these is unforgettable. Read morePublished on September 6, 2011 by Amazon_User
I like this item- I had one for several years before it broke so i was familiar with it. The clip on the case is especially nice.Published on March 20, 2009 by Albert H. Gass, Jr.
All I got was the player. No USB, no headphones, no software, no start guide, no nothin'.Published on August 28, 2008 by Laverne Busch
My Rio S30S was the result of a trade, no driver cd included, no head phones, just the usb cable and the player. Read morePublished on July 16, 2006 by Wendy Walton
This is a great player for the price, it works and sounds great, and that is all that matters, right? Read morePublished on August 28, 2005 by fiveninerzero
I've had my Rio S30S Sport for about 3 weeks now. I absolutely love it. It is small, weighs almost nothing, and stores more than enough music to cover my daily workouts for more... Read morePublished on July 17, 2005 by D. Maddox
this is a very good mp3 player. It only has 64mb but it plays track very good. It never skips but my advice is dont drop it because if u drop it on the wrong spor it can like... Read morePublished on June 15, 2005 by Betty
This is a great cheap player, nice interface.
You can add the one gigabyte SD cards. (I bought a 1 gig Sandisk for cheap), you may need to update the firmware (you... Read more
I love this mp3 player! I've had it for about 1 1/2 years. It has been through a lot, and it's still working fine. Read morePublished on December 20, 2004