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Rio Carbon MP3 Player Hits Store Shelves

Rio’s new MP3 player is finally hitting store shelves and it looks like Rio will be throwing some marketing muscle behind the new Carbon. Look for a review soon on Designtechnica.

Rio is marking the availability of one of its newest and hottest players, the Rio Carbon 5GB MP3 player, with 500 limited edition units. These players feature 20 free downloads and three free months from Napster, a customized laser engraved stainless-steel back, along with a collectors’ edition external package. The highly anticipated Rio Carbon 5GB will soon be hitting store shelves, however, consumers can be one of the first to own a Limited Edition Rio Carbon beginning today by going to http://www.rioaudio.com.

Rio Carbon MP3 PlayerSporting an ultra-thin and tapered design, and with 25 percent more memory than iPod mini, this tiny MP3 player, about the size of a business card, will slide into any pocket virtually unnoticeable. The Rio Carbon is capable of holding up to 80 hours of MP3 (160 hours WMA) music, and with up to 20 hours of battery life on a single charge, music lovers need not worry about running out of juice. Supporting USB 2.0 and a host of file formats; users can download music efficiently and easily from most of their favorite online music sites. The Rio Carbon also includes voice recording and provides seamless integration and support of both the PC and Mac platforms.

“As the first company with a 5GB player on the market, we wanted to offer our devout customers something they can treasure for a long time,” said Dan Torres, vice president of Rio Audio. “We feel that the 5GB capacity will hit a sweet spot with our customers and the initial response from the media and our retailers to the Rio Carbon has been phenomenal.”

The Limited Edition Rio Carbon MP3 players is expected be available beginning August 30 while supplies last. Suggested manufacturer’s retail price is $249.

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