THE GOOD: I dosnt eat batteries(last 12hrs per AA Battery) Plays the best music formats .mp3 .wma .ogg Dosnt glitch out to much Dosnt Freeze like some other players Cheap!
THE BAD: Firmware updates kill this player!!! No BackPacks like advertised when purchased (32MB packs only) Never have recived any support on this Product Had to downgrade the FirmWare to use it effectively and it was a headache to get this Thing to work with Windows Media Player 9
SUMMARY: All and all this is a gotta have for its size, light weight design and ease of use. No real complaints.
someone who Has a link to a site where to get the BackPacks larger than 32mb please leave a link so others can find out whats there.
(NOTE:Firmware downgrade is NOT possible via Software, "that I know of") I got a new Board with older firmware 1.15
THE BAD: It does eat bateries a bit quicker than I like
SUMMARY: I got mine as a Xmas pres, not my initial choice, but as I didn't buy it I ain't gonna complain (yet!) It is used for my 2-2½ hour daily total commute time.
Loaded the software ok, though I tend to use RealJukebox as the interface. Haven't yet upgraded the firmware (currently v1.15) and looking at other reveiws I don't think I'll bother.
I would like to get the 340MB backpack, yet cannot find any mention of this on Rio's site, nor can I track down any mention of this anywhere on the web :-(
I like the shape and use and can get approx 35-40 tracks (mp3s @ 64kbps) onto the 64MB memory. I am using my preferred (better) earphones than those supplied - musical quality is very good IMHO - and I play a wide range of musical styles (classical, rock, punk, folk). Buttons are a tad fiddly mind.
What does pee me off is the way it eats batteries - Rio alledge 11 hours from a single AA - yeah right! if ...
THE GOOD: When it works, sounds good, looks cool, is light.
THE BAD: When it locks up + conks out, it stinks.
SUMMARY: Got it in Jan./03. Locked up 2nd day. Had to flash firmware. Conked out a week later. Couldn't revive for 2 days. Revived via flashing again, but sound was static + muffled. Recovered by itself overnight. Bottomline: seemingly lousy quality control; nonexistent support from sonicblue -- robotic emails + no human voice at long distance phone number. Not a dependable machine....YET. I've still got my fingers crossed. When it works, it's great.
THE BAD: It has a low pitched buzzing through the left earpiece.
SUMMARY: The buzzing is low in both tone and volume. When I spoke to Rio the answer I got was "yes, some of them do that." Even with different headphones the noise is still there. The controls are rather anoying, with the buttons being too small. The disc control seems to prefer to stop the track rather than memely pause it!
THE GOOD: It's really small and light! (wiffout the backpacks i mean)
THE BAD: The player can't player mp3 OR wma songs after a while.
SUMMARY: Okee, I agree wiff mosdt of the reviews here, but the one that stuck out for me wasStealth's review, because the SAME thing happened to my player! And yes, I had returned my first one too! :0( Buts, et should be noted that ma second one broke after a year, so although et really smells, at least the second one I got lasted longer... *sigh*
SUMMARY: As a follow up to my previous review I can now let people know that it is possible to downgrade the firmware on the Rio 600 from 1.56 down to 1.15 from within iTunes to ceate the single 64MB storage device from the 32MB + 32MB memory components.
THE GOOD: Excellent sound quality when used with good earphones. Upgrades and support welcome. Excellent display and onboard software. Fully iTunes compatible.
THE BAD: Ver slight background buzz after switch on (but not noticed during playback).
SUMMARY: I recently obtained the Rio600+32MB backpack at an absolute steal of a price (£25, ~$37) on sale at the 'Scottish Power' closing down sale. The Rio itself came with version 1.07 firmware. I plugged the Rio into my iMac via the USB lead and it was immediately recognised by iTunes in Mac OS 9.2.1 or Mac OS X 10.0.4 as an external device without any software installation. I connected the backpack and upgraded the firmware to version 1.15. The Rio600 showed up as a single device with 64MB memory (seen as one 64MB internal and 0MB external memory) but the installed demo tunes were wiped (not a great loss). After looking on the excellent Rio help and support pages I noticed that there was a firmware update (version 1.56) to allow support of 1...
THE GOOD: I have no gripes about the player at all. I've had mine 6 mos and love it!
THE BAD: Upgrading the memory is incredibly expensive and bulky! The 32mb "backpack" (which does include rechargeable battery) runs about $79.00, with the 64mb @ $119.00.
SUMMARY: I love this player except for the backpack situation. If this unit used flash/smart/mmc etc. I would say it is the best buy around. I still think it's great, but be ready to pay some big bucks if you want an extensive music library with you and have some place to store the goofy backpack (be careful-the prongs on the battery hook-up bend easily causing the unit to not work!).
THE BAD: The product is just poor compaired to mindisc
SUMMARY: OK....This product was advertised glamourously (how it should be) but I feel as if I have fell into this trap. I got to emphasise that the soft layer of smoothing over the Rio600 is blatantly taky! I have used it day on day out but the thin back material layer just flakes off, I am very dissappionted with this. Also the software, I dished out £150 + postage fees to receive this product and to find that you have to register RioSoftware for $20 (about £12-15) this just made the product a ripoff for people who dunno much about GOOD mp3 players. So I say GET SONY MINIDISC!!!! A WHOLE LOT BETTER THAN TAKY MP3 players ESPECIALLY RIO600!!!!