is undergoing a revolution. A new format known as the MP3 is
taking the Internet by storm, and there is no end in sight.
An MP3 is a special compressed version of a normal WAV file,
in which there is at most a 25:1 file size reduction at little
to no loss of quality. This means that a normal 4-minute song
(40MB) ripped from a CD would be compressed to approx. 3.8MB
(128 kbps). That incredibly small file size makes the MP3 excellent
for distribution over the Internet. This is where the Diamond
Rio 500 steps in.
Rio PMP500 is Diamond's second-generation portable MP3 player
(after the PMP300). While most companies are just now releasing
their first generation MP3 players, Diamond is already on their
second, giving them a definite advantage. Coming in either metallic
color, transparent blue or purple and in addition to that it
includes USB support, a backlit LCD screen, bookmark feature,
and 64MB of flash memory the Rio 500 is certainly no slouch
when it comes to features.
do I get?
64MB onboard memory, expandable to 96MB
Windows and Mac
port for blazing fast downloads
free design - no moving parts
book marking features for listening to spoken audio
software for encoding, managing MP3 files
software for spoken audio content
MetaTrust security enabled
a single AA battery for up to 13 hours of continuous play