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Written on: 10/02/2008 by aurigo (1 review written)
All round brilliant mp3, i'm trying to buy another but i cant find any brand new ones :( i may have to settle for one of the newer Rio mp3 products but they are sure to be great… Read Full Review
Written on: 17/06/2007 by nissan7 (3 reviews written)
When I first got this it was amazing. I loaded up most of my CD collection and had many months of listening pleasure. I then subscribed to Napster to Go and loaded the firmware upgrade - after this everything unravelled. Periodically the little hard drive gets fragmented which means a reformat, but many times it doesn't really sort itself out, with the firmware not installing or the pc not recognising it. Lately I have used it for drm-free mp3 and podcasts, which is fine, but it won't play… Read Full Review
Written on: 03/06/2007 by jefjefjef (10 reviews written)
I'm surprised at the other reviews: my Rio Carbon has been performing for over a year now, with no complaint. True, I only use it in public transport for listening to podcasts, but that makes it much better value for money than the extortionate iPod.
Small and light, it fits in a jacket or shirt pocket. Easy to use, great Music manager software. A happy user! Note that the same USB cable is used to transfer music and charge the battery (the power adapter has a standard USB socket), which I… Read Full Review
Written on: 22/01/2006 by kasuk (1 review written)
The Rio Carbon 5GB was my first MP3 player, and I loved it...
It was all gravy until after 3 to 4 months when the volume control dial broke for no apparent reason! This rendered the player pretty useless for portable use (I have Sony ex71's that have no in-line volume control), so I had to get it repaired. Luckily it does come with a one year warranty, but it was still a pain in the butt to get sorted, and I wouldn't be surprised if it broke again!
I think durability should be a key… Read Full Review
Written on: 20/09/2005 by CRIPPLE (1 review written)
For the past few years, Apple has worked ferociously on its iPod range, bringing out more models than you can shake a stick at. This has left them with a near monopoly on the MP3 player market, aided in no small part by their iTunes website, which is often lauded as the best music download site on the net, only being compatible with the aforementioned iPod. I am sure that many people have bought an iPod on the strength of this alone.
But the truth is, that there are more and more websites… Read Full Review
Written on: 19/07/2005 by theory900 (5 reviews written)
When looking for an MP3 player I went on Ebay and was surprised at how many 'refurbished' or 'reconditioned' Rio Carbons there were. I then went on Amazon and bought a new one, which was fine for 23 days until the volume control knob fell off. Two friends have since told me that exactly the same thing happened to people they knew who had Rio Carbons - wish they'd mentioned it before...
I'm waiting for a new one to arrive, no doubt my old one will appear one day on Ebay… Read Full Review
Written on: 06/02/2005 by Sebharlem (1 review written)
First MP3 player that I've owned and a great introduction. Really easy to set up and get working, was out and about with it the next day. Came with Rio Music Manager which is the best music software I've used, and also with 10 free downloads at Napster, again this was simple to set up. Loading music is quick and easy. 5GB of space (2500 tracks) give plenty of space yet is brilliant to navigate. Also includes voice recorder. 20 Hours of battery time and recharging is not too lengthy a… Read Full Review
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