"Not a bad unit."3.0 starson by Deathbringer
Pros: Easy to read face. Controls pretty easy to use. Good sound. You can add more memory via SD card (nice if you have more then one unit that takes SD. Nice looking
Cons: Initial hassle getting it to work right. Writes to internal memory first. Software that comes with it sucks. Plastic door that covers battery compartment seems overly flimsy.
Summary: Originally I received this as a present. And I had the same problems people here describe. It would shut off by itself for no reason and then not turn on for a couple of minutes. Once I thought the thing had given up the ghost and I asked my brother for the receipt to return it. While I was waiting for that I visited Rios website and down loaded the latest firmware upgrades ect for it. Since those updates have been applied I have not had one issue with this unit. The FM doesn’t really work as a radio receiver outside and I really think it was designed to be used in a gym more then anything else. You know, so you can tune into the TV stations you may be watching. I have used it for this and have not had any issues with the FM at te gym. All in all (now that it works) this is a nice little MP3 player. It is not as loud as I would like…batteries really only last half what’s claimed (they last 10 hours). I think this unit is way over priced at 160. I would pay 100 maybe 110 for a working unit. The fact you can add and swap memory is a big plus for me. One thing I do not like is there is no way to designate what memory you want to write to if it is in the unit. The songs first go to the internal 256 memory then to the card. If your trying to swap songs between units it is annoying because you cant really. The software that comes with this works…but barely. I just use windows media player now.Updated
Wow...I suggest that the price should drop and it does ! Do I have ESP or something? Anyway...I recently had to return my unit because it fell out of its holder and hit the ground…it still worked but the power button disappeared. I am writing this to tell you to beware. If you ever have to deal with RIO’s customer support they could really careless what you have to say. They were going to try to charge me $70 to replace the player but I talked them into sending me a refurbished unit for free. Big mistake. The unit came notably scratched and the SD card went in …but wouldn’t come out. Something was wrong with the spring. I figured out a way to get it replaced with a new unit but Im not going to tell you how. It wasn’t through RIO’s support though.
In the end this is a nice little player. So much so I went out of my way to replace it when I needed to. I think most units in the store have the firmware upgrade now so at $110 it’s a great buy. Pray to the Gods that be you never have to deal with the support line though.