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18 November 2004

R.I.P. Rio 500, April 2000-November 2004

My ancient blue-green Rio 500 mp3 player gave up the ghost while at the gym yesterday morning. It was four years old. Not bad for something that has been dropped more times than I care to think about. I will miss every one of its 128 million bytes of storage, and the way it kept me company every morning a the gym.

Immediately, my thoughts turned to what I would do for a replacement. Taking into account the frequency at which it would be dropped, iPods aren't very cost effective. I think I'm gong to have to stick with an inexpensive in-memory mp3 player. Something I can replace every few years without my checkbook taking a nose dive.