Rio PMP500 Gray ( 64 MB ) Digital Media Player

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  • Download, Drive, Listen: I Just Read A Book with Rio 500

    Jul 22, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: A handy little gadget that allows you to listen to audio books.
    Cons: The battery doesn't last long enough.

    Summary: This past Fatherís Day, my stepson gave my husband a gift of the Rio 500, which was part of a deal offered by Audible.com. The deal was a Rio 500 player if you sign up for a 12-month subscription through Audible.com for $99 less a $50 rebate making it ... read more

  • Does everything promised

    Sep 30, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Compact Size. Includes a Padded Case for Use at the Gym.
    Cons: Software not the best but Serviceable.

    Summary: Ive used the Diamond Rio at the Gym and while running. It is a great machine and a very good value overall. Headphones make a very big difference. The standard ones included are uncomfortable (ear buds) and dont play as loudly as others (I would ... read more

  • Eh...keep looking

    Jan 2, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: small, light, nice neoprene carrying case, decent capacity, extendable
    Cons: resets if you drop it, holding capacity, dies after 1.5 years

    Summary: This was my first MP3 player, and in that aspect it was pretty good. Overall, its a good starter, but I wouldn't buy this if you want good reliability or great capacity. It only holds on 64 MB in its onboard memory. This equals roughly 17 ... read more

  • Great Music Player

    Oct 25, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Easy to use, battery lasts a long time, no moving parts.
    Cons: Software is difficult.

    Summary: I purchased the Diamond Rio 500 for use in the gym. For what I use it for, it is great. Tapes and CD's tend to skip. You can buy larger storage and store all of your favorate songs on one card. The diamond is small and GREAT for working out, running. ... read more

  • Good Player - No bells and whistles

    Aug 13, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Solid hardware, easy to use, good memory. Nice product.
    Cons: Little or no software around to intergrate with simple things like Windows Media player.

    Summary: The Rio is straight forward and a solid MP3 player. I bought it for more than double what it would sell for today, but that was over 3 years ago. Sound quality and usability are great. Software package is poor. Upgrading it on the web ... read more

  • Great Mp3 player only from Diamond!

    Jul 9, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great Mp3 player, Can hold alot of Songs, Nice quality
    Cons: Battery life drains quick

    Summary: Two months ago I purchased the Rio 500 MP3 player and it has proven to be an excellent choice. I'm not too bothered by the fact that it doesn't have added extras like an FM radio, digital voice recording and other 'advanced' options. If you're after a ... read more

  • Good, but not too Great

    May 24, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fast USB connection, small device, good features
    Cons: Inadequate firmware upgrades, battery life fairly short

    Summary: I purchased my Rio off of a friend for thirty bucks new because his computer couldn't run the programs necessary for the player, (I had no problems). So I got the deal of the century, so I thought. I ended up purchasing a 64 meg memory card ... read more

  • The Rio 500 - A True Classic

    Mar 3, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Sleek design, firm recessed buttons, bright backlight, jog-dial/button, equalizer, USB interface, On/Off Switch, Ergonomic
    Cons: Battery leads flimsy - easily fixed, proprietary software

    Summary: I bought my Rio 500 off of eBay almost a year ago at an incredibly cheap price. It was a refurb, but from SONICblue themselves, so I trusted the auction. I was not to be disappointed. When I first got my Rio, I was more surprised than what I ... read more

  • Rio's first step in the right direction

    Feb 16, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Compact Design, no moving parts, easy to use interface, perfect for eBooks
    Cons: Link software is shotty, battery life isn't much, no AC connection available

    Summary: The Rio 500 set a new, better standard for portable mp3 audio units. It's small, sleek, backlit, and is packing 64 MBs of memory. The unit was above average when it debuted in autumn of '99, and can still hold it's own today. However it is lacking some ... read more

  • RIO!

    Jan 27, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Durability Great Sound and Features
    Cons: Head Phones hurt, like sitting on a bike without a seat

    Summary: This MP3 player is awesome, it is very easy to see, and very accessible to extra memory cards on the back. The features for sound are also a great feature, and the backlit LCD screen adds alot to this player. Without any moving parts, I think its ... read more

  • Fun and portable MP3 player

    Jan 20, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fits in shirt pocket, never skips, up to 128 megs of memory, good sound
    Cons: Inadequate headphones, controls can be confusing

    Summary: I got my unit free from an online site that sells audiobook content. I've used my Rio a lot to block out background noise as well as to listen to music and books, and I'm very pleased with the 500 model in most respects. It is the same size ... read more

  • good for first-timers

    Nov 30, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: attractive, great sound
    Cons: volume could be higher, not much storage

    Summary: i bought this mp3 player at 800.com for 250$ not too long ago. i was pretty excited about the 64mb of ram in this mp3 compared to alot of others that were already out at 32 or 16mb. but once you get going and downloading more and more music and want to ... read more

  • Small and compact

    Nov 4, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Size and ease of use
    Cons: Headphones

    Summary: I actually came to own the Rio 500 because it came bundled with an HP CD-RW drive I recently purchased. The whole package cost me about 200 bucks. The CD-RW drive is not the fastest on the market, but I bought it because it came bundled with the Rio ... read more

  • Decent Device/Horrible Software

    Oct 7, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Small size, easy to use controls, song display on screen, good sound quality
    Cons: Terrible software

    Summary: I use this device when I go to the gym. I like it because I can change the selection of songs every few days. Unfortunately, the process of downloading songs to this device is incredibly difficult. The manual offers no help and the help menu ... read more

  • rio 500 - a few major bugs

    Sep 5, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: small, lightweight, attractively priced
    Cons: small memory, buggy software, limited expansion capabilities

    Summary: I recently purchased the Rio 500 mp3 player which comes with 64megs of memory for $100 (refurbished). The player is small and portable, though there is no clip provided which would allow it to be attached to a belt or clothing so it can be used while ... read more

  • The small friend who sings along with you

    Jul 20, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Small, easy to carry, easy to use and durable
    Cons: Short battery spam, Bad software and not too much memory

    Summary: As soon as I received the RIO 500 I was amazed. I never believed finally I was able to play all the songs that I have on the computer in my car. It is a great piece of equipment. You only fit one AA on the spot (this action will be required to ... read more

  • Grrrr......

    Jul 20, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: compact, Fast Transfers
    Cons: Battery life, software, "manual", can be difficult to use some functions, unreliability

    Summary: After hearing good things about this MP3 player I decided I might aswell get one for myself seeing as I had the money availiable. And the Rio is a very good little device. The battery life could be a bit better, but using only one battery makes it twice ... read more

  • great product.

    Jul 14, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: great compatibility, sound, and quality.
    Cons: battery life.

    Summary: I bought one of these for one of my friends for christmas last year and he absolutely loved it, and so did i. I had to have one, so not too long after that, i bought one myself, and im sure glad i did too. I use it wherever i go, i dont even listen to ... read more

  • Perhaps the best Mp3 player ever!

    Jul 8, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Sleek design, small size, useful display, cheap upgrades, mac compatibility, extremely durable, easy to use!
    Cons: So-So battery life, no voice recording, requires Mac OS 8.6 or later. Bad Software,

    Summary: When my friend bought his RCA Lyra, I instantly felt compelled to match him. (techies understand this.) I was planning on getting the Lyra, since I am a satisfied RCA customer, until I read that it was not Mac compatible (yet.) So, I did a small round of ... read more

  • My review of the RIO 500

    Jul 7, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Good Quality Construction and feature set - Good Sound
    Cons: No Bass Boost - Lousy battery life.

    Summary: I actually got this unit for Free for signing up for a 1 year light listener plan from Audible. I am not big on MP3 players since I have a Minidisc Player. but for free I figured to try it out. I was most surprised when I started to ... read more

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