Rio was the brand name for a range of digital audio players, best known for producing the “Diamond Rio” model that was the subject of a 1998 lawsuit by the Recording Industry Association of America. This trial ultimately failed, paving the way for the portable digital music industry to take off. Rio was originally a brand of Diamond Multimedia, which merged with S3 Graphics in 1999. The resulting company was renamed SONICblue. On March 21, 2003, SONICblue filed an application for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 and then sold its main product lines.
Rio was sold to the Japanese firm D & (more…)