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About this product
- Product InformationThis Rio 512 MB MP4 is a solid choice for providing realistic sound no matter where you are. It's equal parts captivating and helpful. The Rio Forge Sport music player makes it easy for you to listen to your selected melodies and tracks as loud as you care to thanks to its clear and crisp audio fidelity. Moreover, this 512 MB digital media player is carryable and lightweight, at 2.2 ounces, so you can quickly hold it in your hand and bring it along for the ride for providing entertainment when you need it. This Rio 512 MB MP4 is pocket-sized, which means you are able to carry it anywhere inside a backpack or shirt pocket. Since the Rio Forge Sport music player has a large media storage capacity, you can save all your song titles and digital recordings for your easy access. This 512 MB digital media player has an ample battery life allowing you to enjoy using it while camping, studying, or riding in a car. The USB 2.0 support included with this Rio 512 MB MP4 allows you to connect to your personal computer and create your playlists. The Rio Forge Sport music player is compatible with MP3s, which means you are able to share a vast selection of tracks accessible from several different services. This 512 MB digital media player is capable of keeping approximately 120 tracks, which means you are able to load enough music to fill many CDs onto it.
- ModelForge Sport
- Storage Capacity512MB
- Audio Supported FormatsMP3,MP3 VBR,WMA
- Battery Run TimeUp to 20 Hours
- Exterior ColorDark Blue
- Width2.69 Inch
- Depth0.88 Inch
- Height2.5 Inch
- Weight2.2 Oz
- InterfacesUSB 2.0
- Additional FeaturesFM Radio,FM Stereo Tuner,Radio Recorder
- Supported Power SupplyExternal Battery
- Storage TypeBuilt-in Memory
- Number Of Songs120
Most relevant reviews
- ozarkbennyJun 29, 2013by
I had difficulty learning to use the device and Music Manager software
I have had a Rio Sonic Blue S10 for 8 years and have loved it but it recently died so I went looking for a replacement. The S10 is no longer made so I chose this Forge since it has an SD card slot and I figured I could use the cards I already had downloaded for the S10. WRONG! The format is somehow different. The new version of Music Manager is also different and I have had some problems learning how to use it. Also the controls on the Forge are much smaller and harder for me to use (I have big hands)but it does have many features that the S10 did not, so overall I think it will be OK when I get used to it.
- swingline88Jan 25, 2011by
Rio Forge, great for Audio Books and Pod Cast.
This is my 3rd Rio player. I work in a manufacturing plant and use the player every day. Obviously I think they are great or I wouldn’t keep buying them. Now if I could stop dropping them, I would still be on my 1st player. The player takes a AAA battery so if the battery goes dead in the middle of my shift, I can simply swap out a battery. The player will also accept a SD Card, so I can have pod cast on multiple cards and swap out cards in the middle of a shift. The FM tuner is surprisingly good. You can also record from the FM Radio to the SC card for playback at latter time. It’s not a replacement for an iPod as a music player but it is great for Audio books and pod-cast.
- askbertieMay 10, 2012by
This review is of a reconditioned Forge, with the 'Developer's Cut' firmware. The unofficial firmware update fixes some bugs apparently, and also allows the player to use a 4GB SD card, just. It seems to struggle to with 4GB, though, taking a while to integrate new songs, and occasionally putting up "insufficient memory" messages. That is the only flaw I can find in this player. The design is about eight years old now, and certainly looks different to current devices - all chrome and metallic-effect finishes. If you're one of the curmudgeonly anything-but-an-iPod crowd (like me) this is maybe the player for you. Important for an eBay buy is that the player uses one AAA battery; no worries about proprietary and non-removable internal cells. It sounds great; it maybe lacks a little bass, but there's an equaliser you can fiddle with and the right headphones can also add some low-end oomph.Read full review
- davek805Dec 10, 2011by
I like the Rio because you can change battery when it runs down
I like how it easy to operate, compared to the touch ones, those to me seem too touchy and hard to stay on what your doing. I bought a Rio Forge years ago Best Buys in California and have used it since.The only thing I don't like is that the battery life is short, unless you get the lithin batterys and they seem to last twice as long, found out also to take batterys out when not using, seems to help to last longer.
- stevecormanMar 20, 2007by
Rio Forge problems
I decided to buy this item because I listen to lots of audiobooks. NetLibrary is the largest free audiobook supplier and is available through most major public libraries' websites with just your library card number as ID. Unfortunately, all of their books are WMA DRM protected and are one humongously long track averaging 9 to 12 hours (even longer for some books). This presents unique problems. Most MP3 players are designed for songs or podcasts of relatively short duration. If you accidentally move to the next track, change your battery, decide to take a break and listen to music or the FM radio, it's not a big deal to go back to your original selection and fast forward to where you left off. However, this is not practical if you are in the middle of a 10 hour book and need to find where you left off. So, for practical purposes the need for several features exists. They are: 1) A progressive fast forward button that progressively picks up speed the longer you hold it down 2) One or more true "bookmarks" which you frequently utilize during the listening of a book and absolutely need when you take a break from listening, whether to listen to something else, change batteries, or just quit for a while. 3) A very desirable feature is a "sleep timer" which will turn off the player after a selected period of time and take a bookmark. With the free Forge "Developer's Cut" software this feature has been implemented. So, what's good and what's bad? The good is that for a device that can be purchsed for $25 to $50 on ebay you get all of these features. You will not get them for less than $100 - $200 with other MP3 players and at that price many still do not have such support. While the Rio Forge is avaialble only in what seems to be paltry 256MB and 512MB sizes, they accept SD cards. With 1 GB SD cards selling regularly for under $20 you vastly increase the capacity for only a few dollars more. 1.25GB or 1.5GB is enough for 4 to 6 or more complete unabridged audiobooks. Even if you don't listen to audiobooks, you can store and listen to 5 to 10 hour of music at high Kbps levels. If the Rio FOrge worked as it should, it would be a very ideal machine. So, what's wrong? The Rio Forge likes to turn itself off. This is caused by any jarring or twisting or even pushing a control button too hard or too fast. It is even more sensitive when batery battery declines. (Using the more practical rechargeable NiMH batteries, you start out at a nominal voltage of only 1.25V instead of 1.50V, so the battery meter always starts out at about 3/4 level.) When the system turns off in this abnormal fashion, it is as if you suddenly removed the battery. Your playing position within the track is lost. When you restart you need to go back to the beginning of the track (the beginning of the book with NetLibrary audiobooks). So, unless you had bookmarked shortly before this occurred, you need to find where you left off. I wish I could say that only my Rio Forge was defective (which it clearly is). However, I have done a fair amount of Internet research and subscribed to several different forums taht discuss these issues. It seems as though this problem is more the rule than the exception. If you are sitting quietly or laying in bed, you'll probably be OK. But you'll be diappointed if you use this machine while exercising, walking, jogging, or doing housework or yardwork.Read full review