Rio Riot

SONICblue's Rio Riot looks pretty nice. I saw this a week or two ago but didn't care to post about it because at the time they didn't have physical dimension information on the site. 5 3/8" x 3 5/8" x 1 3/8" and 10 oz. (including the battery!). Not bad. Stores 20 GB of MP3/WMA audio. And runs for 10 hours. And it includes a FM tuner. $399.95 MSRP.

It also has a feature called the Rio DJ that basically remembers the songs that you play most often and can create playlists by mixing your favorite songs. Frankly, I'd like something like that for Winamp.

There are just a couple of things that would make this thing perfect. Sure, it could always be smaller and cheaper, but I wish it would allow itself to be used as a generic storage device. I have a lot of music, but not quite 20 GB worth yet. That extra space would be nice for shuttling files to and from the office. And it supports USB, but not USB 2.0. Why didn't they check with me first?


Did you ever find out how to make the Rio Riot act as a portable hard drive?


Brad Choate said:

It doesn't appear to. I tried out the Archos ( Jukebox 20 player recently, but the first unit died on me and the 2nd never worked. I took it back and exchanged it for a Tivo, which has been wonderful. I'm going to wait a little while longer for a portable audio device. Maybe once Apple's iPod is a little more affordable...

Bill "all blued out" B said:

The Rio Riot is a bust. The battery system in it sucks. Paid nearly $350.00 plus shipping only to find that when it dies, their great tech support people ... Good Day, sorry about your luck . . . response said, looks like you just ate the devise.

I would warn anyone getting ready to purchase a riot to think twice. Sure the 20 gigs is nice, who really loads 20 gigs of music? The real issue is the losy battery system these things come with.

Bill B "all Blued out"


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