updated 09:25 am EDT, Mon August 2, 2004
Rio Carbon music player
Rio today introduced new portable digital music players, including three flash-based , which offers 5GB of internal storage, a USB 2.0 connection, a 5-band equalizer, and a 20-hour battery as well as captures voice memos. "The four new players...are designed with a combination of stylish metallic sheens, bright LED backlight displays and refined ergonomic designs that provide a distinctive look and feel to fit a variety of lifestyles. This next generation of Rio MP3 players all feature a new touch sensitive directional pad for simple and intuitive navigation and playback control." Carbon is $250, while the Forge players are $140 (128MB), $170 (256MB), and $200 (512MB).
The Rio Forge supports USB 2.0 and includes a variety of features such as FM tuner, stopwatch and FM recording on the 256MB and 512MB models. They are expandable via SD/MMC cards. The new design integrates the grippy, protective rubber from previous models with a new shiny stainless steel face plate for added durability.
Both the Forge and Carbon players support Microsoft's WMA formatand MP3 playback. The Rio Carbon and Rio Forge MP3 players are expected to begin shipping in August. The products will be available through a variety of retail outlets in both the U.S. and Europe.