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Rio ships new drive-based Carbon music player

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.

by MacNN Staff





  1. crayola

    Joined: Dec 1969


    not bad...

    a decent competitor to the mini but not exactly a mini killer.

  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969


    stylish != cute

    Somehow I don't see this in an ad in Lucky magazine inducing women aged 16-40 to rip out a small piece of paper that looks like it so they can imagine how it will coordinate with the rest of their wardrobe.

    Nor do I see legions of teens walking into any electronics store in a mall just to play around with it.

    Apple really did well with marketing the iPod mini and companies aren't going up against just the physical iPod mini, they're going up against mindshare, marketing muscle and worst of all, "cute"!

  1. koolkid1976

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Kill the "killer"

    You know. It IS o.k. to list a new MP3 player as a new MP3 Player only, as opposed to "iPod Killer" or "iPod mini Killer." The features and design rarely ever qualifies them for that title. And until the iPod and iPod mini's are killed, ther are NO killers.

  1. cooner

    Joined: Dec 1969



    For all the complaints that the iPod mini is overpriced, I find it interesting that Rio's equivalent iPod mini 'killer' is the exact same price ... $250 ... It has a few extra features, like a bit more drive space, more battery life, and voice memo recording, but so far features like that haven't allowed any other players to topple the iPod ...

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    First off, Rio doesn't put any size specs on their site, so its hard to tell how big/small any of these things are.

    Second, I see no place where Rio calls this an 'ipod-mini killer'. Apparently quoting text without showing the source is valid in some editorial circles.

    Third, no one (and I mean NO ONE) will buy the Rio carbon when, for just $50 more, you can get 4 times the storage with the Rio Karma.

    Fourth, its a piece of c***! No color screen. No picture viewing. No line-in so I can do high-quality recording! No DVD support! Who would make a cool thing like this and leave off all these essential features???

  1. tabarnak

    Joined: Dec 1969


    their website.....

    sures looks A LOT like!

  1. Deal

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Let them Claim

    The more they claim iPod killer, the more advertisement it is for Apple. Every time somebody says it, it's another cycle of advertisement.

    This really does let people know, "hay, the iPod is the thing to get!"

  1. vvedge

    Joined: Dec 1969


    at least...

    ... it's mac compatible. Too often they try to beat the iPod or the ITMS without targeting an important user base: Mac Users. If you want to gain our respect of your players, give us something we could actually use.

  1. jjqueenan

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not bad...

    ...but of course I won't be buying one.

    Realistically, there will be non-Apple players, like it or not, no matter how they succeed or fail, but at least this one seems competently and attractively designed at least at first glance.

    Praising competitors != Apple/iPod bashing...

  1. VadersCape

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It's GORGEOUS!!!

    For an egg timer.

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