Rio Forge 512MB Sport MP3 Player - RIO-FORGE512

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I read a lot of bad write-up's about this product, but I can honestly say I have had a really great experience with it so far. I primarily use the Rio to listen to Audible.com books, and the easy to use bookmarks make listening to multiple books at the same time easy. As for the unit shutting off or resetting all the time, I have not had that problem. The unit did reset itself one time. However, I was down to the very last drop of power in the battery, and I knew it would probably die soon. When I touched fast forward, the backlight came on and zapped the power. However, it was easy to turn the backlight off, and finding my spot in the book again was pretty easy. The only thing I don't like about the unit is it's "belt clip". It really doesn't work very well. It just doesn't hold on very tightly, whether to your belt, or the arm band that comes with the unit. However, I just put the tiny thing in my fanny pack when I run. I have run over 100 miles with it so far, and have only changed the battery once, and have never had it reset or turn off during a run. Again, it's a good unit - give it a try.

-Lou Campbell quote

I upgraded to this player from a Rio Cali, which worked well except for one limitation: It only recognized songs and playlists, not albums. As a result, I had to create a playlist for each CD I ripped to my music library. The Forge overcomes that limitation, and its software makes it much easier to select a dozen CDs from my library at once and copy them to the player. I've got a gigabyte on my player; 512MB internal and a 512MB SD card. The Forge treats both as a single, continuous block of memory. I'm very happy with this player.

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Works Great

by Lou Campbell on 6/20/2005

I read a lot of bad write-up's about this product, but I can honestly say I have had a really great experience with it so far. I primarily use the Rio to listen to Audible.com books, and the easy to use bookmarks make listening to multiple books at the same time easy. As for the unit shutting off or resetting all the time, I have not had that problem. The unit did reset itself one time. However, I was down to the very last drop of power in the battery, and I knew it would probably die soon. When I touched fast forward, the backlight came on and zapped the power. However, it was easy to turn the backlight off, and finding my spot in the book again was pretty easy. The only thing I don't like about the unit is it's "belt clip". It really doesn't work very well. It just doesn't hold on very tightly, whether to your belt, or the arm band that comes with the unit. However, I just put the tiny thing in my fanny pack when I run. I have run over 100 miles with it so far, and have only changed the battery once, and have never had it reset or turn off during a run. Again, it's a good unit - give it a try. Read More

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by David V on 6/28/2005

I upgraded to this player from a Rio Cali, which worked well except for one limitation: It only recognized songs and playlists, not albums. As a result, I had to create a playlist for each CD I ripped to my music library. The Forge overcomes that limitation, and its software makes it much easier to select a dozen CDs from my library at once and copy them to the player. I've got a gigabyte on my player; 512MB internal and a 512MB SD card. The Forge treats both as a single, continuous block of memory. I'm very happy with this player. Read More

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Product Overview

The Rio Forge series is our latest generation of flash based sport players. The Rio Forge was designed for people that like to play hard and use music to play even harder. The new design integrates the grippy, protective rubber from previous models with a new shiny stainless steel face plate for added durability. Up to 20 hours of battery life allows you hours of non-stop work out time. Comfortable Sport Clip earphones and a newly designed case with armband keep your player and music secure and accessible. Simple menus and intuitive controls make for easy one-handed operation. Stopwatch and Lap Timer make the Rio Forge the ultimate gym or running companion.

New FM record feature allows you to record radio content onto your player to listen to at a later time.

Specifications

Manufacturer Rio
Mfg Part# RIO-FORGE512
SKU 90139123
UPC 018258656115
UPC 14 00018258656115
Features
512MB internal memory provides 8 hours of playback or 120 songs in MP3 format, or 16 hours of playback or 240 songs in WMA format
20 hours of battery life on 1 AAA battery
SD/MMC expansion slot
Stop watch, lap timer, and FM tuner
USB 2.0 for faster downloads
2 1/2" W x 2 3/5"H x 4/5"D
Includes USB cable, clip-on earbuds, arm band, and 1 AAA battery
Tech Specs
Product Type - Radio / digital player - flash based
Width - 2.7 in
Depth - 0.9 in
Height - 2.5 in
Weight - 2.2 oz
Style - Sport
PC Interface Supported - Hi-Speed USB
Sound Output Mode - Stereo
Equalizer - Yes
Built-in Clock - Digital clock, timer
Timer - Lap, stopwatch
Additional Features - Battery level indication, FM radio recording capability, USB 2.0 compatibility
Flash Memory - Integrated - 512 MB
Built-in Display - LCD
Display Menu Language - English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese
Equalizer Band Qty - 5 bands
Equalizer Factory Presets - Trance, Rock, Jazz, Pop, Classic
Equalizer Factory Preset Qty - 5
Equalizer User Preset Qty - 1
Supported Digital Audio Standards - WMA, Audible, MP3
ID3 Tags Support - Yes
Playback Modes - Playlist, random play, all tracks repeat
External Hard Drive Function - Yes
Features - Variable bit-rate compatible
Type - Radio tuner - digital - FM
Tuning Display - LCD display
Preset Station Qty - 8 preset stations
FM Preset Station Qty - 8 preset stations
Additional Features - FM stereo/mono switch
Headphones Type - Headphones - binaural
Connectivity Technology - Wired
Sound Output Mode - Stereo
Connector Type - 1 x headphones ( mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ) ¦ 1 x USB
Slot Provided - 1 x SD Memory Card
Software - Drivers & Utilities, Rio Music Manager
Cables Included - 1 x USB cable
Included Accessories - Arm band
Battery - 1 x battery - AAA type - alkaline
Included Qty - 1
Average Run Time - 20 hour(s)
OS Required - Apple MacOS X, Microsoft Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP
Peripheral / Interface Devices - CD-ROM, USB port
System Requirements Details - Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP - Pentium II - 233 MHz - RAM 64 MB - HD 35 MB
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