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Apple 4GB iPod Mini vs Rio Carbon 5GB

Here we have the specifications compared between the Apple iPod Mini and the Rio Carbon. This is a good match up because both are designed to be compact and light weight with similar storage capacities. However, there are differences that set them apart. The Rio Carbon has superior battery life and built-in voice recording. On the other hand, it's hard to beat the ease of using the click wheel and all the unique features that come with the Apple iPod Mini.

Apple 4GB iPod Mini M9436LL/A Description:

Apple engineers squeezed all the best features of iPod into a case weighing just 3.6 ounces and smaller than most cell phones. This iPod mini M9436LL/A features an anodized aluminium case that resists stains and scratches. The case weighs practically nothing, but protects iPod mini in your pocket, purse or backpack. Recessed in the case to keep its surface pristine wherever you lay it, the 1.67 inch (diagonal) backlit screen displays full song names and more. Like its (slightly) bigger brother, iPod mini gives you over 25 minutes of skip protection and lasts up to 8 hours on a single battery charge. So you won't pay a penalty for miniaturization.

In fact, all the features of iPod are still under your thumb. Always striving for perfection, Apple engineers moved the iPod's buttons under the wheel. The iPod mini Click Wheel gives you the enhanced durability and sensitivity of the iPod Touch Wheel, with buttons underneath. The Click Wheel takes best advantage of miniscule space and lets you scroll single handedly though all the songs from your iTunes music collection. You'll find such thoughtful construction only from Apple.

The iPod mini M9436LL/A comes with a storage capacity of 4GB or up to 1,000 songs. This particular model's color is shiny blue. Other available colors include silver, gold, green, and pink.

Rio Carbon 5GB Description:

Sporting an ultrathin 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 2,500 songs, 80 hours of MP3 music or 160 hours in WMA format. With up to 20 hours of battery life on a single charge, music lovers need not worry about running out of power. 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 Windows and Mac platforms.

  Apple 4GB iPod Mini M9436LL/A Rio Carbon 5GB
Apple 4GB iPod Mini M9436LL/A Rio Carbon 5GB
Audio Formats
AudibleYes Yes
MP3Yes Yes
Storage Capacity4GB 5GB
Storage TypeHard Drive Hard Drive
Display TypeBacklit LCD (White)Backlit LCD (White)
ID3 Tag InfoYesYes
FirewireYes No
USB 1.1Yes Yes
USB 2.0Yes Yes
Additional Features
Alarm ClockYes No
Built-in Mic for Voice RecordingNo Yes
Calendar / Address BookYes No
EqualizerYes Yes
GamesYes No
Sleep TimerYes No
StopwatchNo Yes
Power Supply
AC/DC AdapterYes Yes
BatteryYes Yes
Rechargeable via FireWire cableYes No
Rechargeable via USB cableYes Yes
Battery TypeRechargeable Lithium Ion Battery Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery
Battery Life8 hours 20 hours
Width2.00 inches 2.50 inches
Depth0.50 inches 0.60 inches
Height3.60 inches 3.30 inches
Weight3.60 ounces 3.20 ounces