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 BAD: eats batteries, very limited memory, and no upgrades to be found
SUMMARY: Everyone who complains about the missing backpacks is right. STAY AWAY from this thing until you have absolute proof that there is some way to upgrade. And I don't mean company hype either. The player is great, but without some way to upgrade the RAM or get some sort of rechargeable battery (both promised by S3, but never deliverd), this thing is as good as worthless (almost).
THE BAD: poorly made, bad quality, bot durable, brakes easily wears and chips through regular use
SUMMARY: I bought a rio 600 and was extremeley happy with it for the first week or so, i mean who wouldn't be? it had great innovative features such as customisable eq settings and a phat blue back light. I was also very pleased with the fact that it supported WMA format as i feel this to producr much better quality sound then mp3 does, it also enabled me to fit a whole album (instead of just 30 minutes which mp3 allows) of music on to just 32mb of memory. On the surface the Rio 600 appeared to me to be the obvious choice, but the problems occured when a fualt devoloped in the player and the sound had all of a sudden become incoherant and sounded muffled. I had not mistreated the player in any way what so ever so I thought that it must just be a one off fault and immediately arranged for an exchange of the faulty product through the Rio customer care c...
THE GOOD: The good stuff about the Rio600 is the Outstanding LCD display. I also like the unique shape of the Rio600, with it's special curve for the hand. Another thing that impressed me is how you can change the skins on the Rio600 for your comfort of design.
THE BAD: The bad stuff is probably the memory it holds, 32mb. Now the Rio500 holds 64mb. But then again you can add more memory to the Rio600, like the Rio500.
SUMMARY: Overall I think it's a great Mp3 player. I give it a 4 out of 5 because of the memory it holds, but on all other qualities of it its a great mp3 player. Het I am getting on this Christmas, it sounds great!
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 ...
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: 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: 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: 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