I agree, After researching a handfull of MP3 HD units , taking a few home for trial & the returning the lemons, I ended up with the RIO Carbon.
It blows the iPod mini away.
No, your data will still be intact after the firmware update.
I just updated mine up to v1.43 without a hitch
The one thing I didn't dig about the v1.43 update was the implementation of a 100db volume limiter to appease some French requirement! It does cripple the volume a hair. You could stick with the v1.32 firmware, but who knows what other bug fixes & patches you will be missing out on.
I emailed Rio tech support & askedt hem to please provide the USA user base with a v1.43 firmware without the castrated french volume limiting in place.
Who cares what France wants or requires???
i just got my rio carbon and i must say this thing kicks butt.i will post my review some other time.the reason for my post is i was wondering if i add the latest firmware to my player will i lose all the tunes that i already have on it.i have no intentions of ever adding any firmware unless my player starts to freak out on me.i have learned that anytime you add firmware to a mp3 player or a cell phone you have a 50 50 chance of the thing ever working the same way as it did before.if you lose the tunes everytime you add firmware what the hell good would that be.thank you