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Rio 500 64 MB USB MP3 Player (Gray)
- Supports Microsoft Windows PCs and Mac (iMac and G3)
- Skip-free design--no moving parts
- Automatic bookmarking features for listening to spoken audio
- Palm size for easy portability
- AudibleManager software for spoken audio content (Windows 9X only)
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- Brand Name: Rio
- Model Number: 500
- Digital Storage Capacity: 64 MB
- Supported Standards: MP3, Other Audio Formats
- Hardware Platform: Mac, PC
This metallic gray Rio 500 stores up to two hours of digital-quality music and up to 32 hours of spoken audio programs. Rio 500 is also the first portable digital-audio player to support both the Macintosh (iMac and G3) and Windows 9X platforms. Access thousands of music and audio files at RioPort.com and over 16,000 hours of Audible.com audio programs. Instantly create, customize, and mix your favorite music and audio selections on your PC or Mac for playback. This lightweight unit plays skip-free music, as there are no moving parts. It's the perfect companion for active people on the go.
The Rio 500 contains an updated hardware design featuring easily accessible controls and a backlit display that shows song/book title, artist, time, and more. And it uses just a single AA battery for up to 13 hours of continuous play.
Top Customer Reviews
Downsides: 1. The ear phones that come with this thing are not the greatest and don't really stay on while jogging. I switched back to a 'traditional' set, and no problems. 2. If you are working out and need to change the volume or skip songs, you have to fumble with the unit in the middle of your workout. (although, I hear they make earphones that have volume and song controls along the wire) 3. I can't stand the software that comes with it. It searched my entire hard drive for mp3s and found half-downloaded files that were abandoned, as well as their completed counterparts (frustration occurs when the names are the same). Also, I wish I could just 'drag and drop' my files directly into the player. 4. Battery H-O-G. Invest in some double A's that you can recharge.
One important note: this is USB interface, and I've found that you really need to let it have a dedicated USB port (can't use a hub). With a hub it freezes up-- software, everything-- and you have to restart. After taking it off the hub and using it in the dedicated port (by itself)-- no problems. :)
All in all, I recommend it to the new MP3 user, or the jogger that wants to upgrade to something nicer and lighter.
After using mine for several weeks I have the following suggestions:
1) Based on the comments here, I didn't even bother to install the included software.
2) I suggest using MusicMatch Jukebox over Real Jukebox. I have both, and the MusicMatch software has much better flexability when it comes ripping CDs and organizing your mp3 library on disk. Both will allow you to download to the Rio. MusicMatch creates disk folders with the following hierarchy "Artist:Album:Songs" so its easy to keep your stuff organized on disk. Real Jukebox wants to store all your stuff ripped songs in the same folder (I appologize if I'm wrong here, but I didn't see any way to make real create an organized disk folder arrangement). MM allows you to sort by track in the library. I couldn't get Real to do this. It's kind of weird not to be able to retain the original CD's track order with out creating a playlist for each CD you rip. I didn't like this about Real.
3) Get new headphones immediately. Don't even bother to use the ones included. It just makes the Rio sound bad. Suggestion: Sony MDR-A30G.
4) I agree you'll use batteries, but so far it's not as bad as I thought from the comments here...
The only reason I didn't give the Rio 5 stars was the lack of a AC power converter. It would be nice to save battery life while hooked to the computer.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Don't get it if you want to play WMAs and it doesn't support generic drivers and isn't supported by Windows XP (something I found out AFTER I upgraded my PC...Read more