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Rio PMP500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 443 reviews of Rio PMP500. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other MP3 Players for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and memory. The usability and portability also get good feedback. There are some critical views about the storage and headphones.

sound, portability, usability, memory, design

price, battery, headphones, storage

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the Rio PMP500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 69/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 443 reviews)

User Reviews  

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Expert Reviews User Reviews
Showing 1 - 10 of 329 Show Reviews: in English | in other languages (114)

Consumer review by:

Diamond Rio 500--Does Its Age Make It Better

 

Small and sleek design, great battery life, exceptional sound quality, great price for 64MB memory

No FM tuner

Consumer review by:

Works OK, had to get a refurb due to problems

 

Plays MP3s and Audible audio books

Defective products, no support past Windows 98, Customer service sucks

Consumer review by:

Does everything promised

 

Ive used the Diamond Rio at the Gym and while running. It is a great machine and a very good value overall. Headphones make a very big difference. The standard ones included are uncomfortable (ear buds) and dont play as loudly as others (I would...

Compact Size. Includes a Padded Case for Use at the Gym

Software not the best but Serviceable

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Does everything promised

 

Compact Size. Includes a Padded Case for Use at the Gym.

Software not the best but Serviceable.

Consumer review by:

Eh...keep looking

 

This was my first MP3 player, and in that aspect it was pretty good. Overall, its a good starter, but I wouldn't buy this if you want good reliability or great capacity.

small, light, nice neoprene carrying case, decent capacity, extendable

resets if you drop it, holding capacity, dies after 1.5 years

Consumer review by:

Eh...keep looking

 

small, light, nice neoprene carrying case, decent capacity, extendable

resets if you drop it, holding capacity, dies after 1.5 years

Consumer review by:

Great Music Player

 

I purchased the Diamond Rio 500 for use in the gym. For what I use it for, it is great. Tapes and CD's tend to skip. You can buy larger storage and store all of your favorate songs on one card. The diamond is small and GREAT for working out,...

Easy to use, battery lasts a long time, no moving parts

Software is difficult

Consumer review by:

Great Music Player

 

Easy to use, battery lasts a long time, no moving parts.

Software is difficult.

Consumer review by:

Good Player - No bells and whistles

 

The Rio is straight forward and a solid MP3 player. I bought it for more than double what it would sell for today, but that was over 3 years ago.

Solid hardware, easy to use, good memory. Nice product

Little or no software around to intergrate with simple things like Windows Media player

Consumer review by:

Good Player - No bells and whistles

 

Solid hardware, easy to use, good memory. Nice product.

Little or no software around to intergrate with simple things like Windows Media player.

Product Specifications

Rio 500 is a portable digital audio player that stores up to two hours of digital-quality music and up to 32 hours of spoken audio programs. Rio 500 is also the first portable digital audio player to support both the Macintosh (iMac) and Windows 9X platforms! Instantly create, customize and mix your favorite music and audio selections on your PC or Mac for playback on your Rio. Rio is the perfect companion for active people - delivering skip-free music and audio for people on the go.

Audio Input

Type: None

Audio System

Digital Player Type:Flash based
Functions (KB):CD/MP3 player
Sound Output Mode:Stereo
Subcategory (KB):MP3 players (flash, CD, HDD)
Type:CD / MP3 player

Battery

Run Time (Up To):12hour(s)

Cassette System

Type: None

CD System

Type: None

Digital Player (Recorder)

Digital Recording Time:120 min
Supported Digital Audio Standards:MP3

Digital Storage

Capacity:64MB

Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.7in
Height:3.6in
Weight:2.8oz
Width:2.4in

Equalizer

Equalizer Type:Digital graphic

Flash Memory

Installed Size:64MB

Header

Compatibility:Mac / PC
Localization:English
Manufacturer:SONICblue
Model:PMP500
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Rio

MD System

Type: None

Remote Control

Type: None

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty
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