Product Watch: An MP3 Player That Holds 100 Hours Of Music!

10-6-00
Nomad Jukebox
Last month we did a Buyers' Guide to Mac Friendly MP3 players over at MacReviewZone. For that guide we focused on the ultra compact players that use internal flash memory, the slim memory cards that are also used in digital cameras, or a combination of the two. The problem with these memory cards is that they offer limited storage, with 32MB offering storage for 8-10 songs. Memory cards are also quite expensive to buy.

With the Nomad Jukebox, the folks at Creative Labs have eliminated the need for memory cards altogether by offering a whopping 6GB hard drive for roughly 100 hours of music storage! The Jukebox also sports an 8MB DRAM buffer to provide 5 minutes of shock protection. While it doesn't have a built in FM tuner like many of the other players, the Nomad Jukebox does sport a line in jack and and dual line out connections for surround sound setups. It also has a built in infrared receiver for remote control support.

"The NOMAD Jukebox was designed to deliver an entirely new way to experience high-quality music anywhere," said Craig McHugh, president of Creative Labs, Inc. "Consumers are now able to navigate through their entire collections of favorite music in a portable solution that fits in the palm of your hand."

The Nomad Jukebox weighs 14 oz., measures 5" x 5" x 1.5" and will run about 4 hours on 4 AA batteries. Is also has a 132x64 pixel backlit display and impressive built in library system for sorting through the scads of songs the player can hold. The player comes with SoundJam for encoding and managing your tracks and has a USB interface for the actual transfer of songs. With the 6GB capacity we have to wonder whether a FireWire version is in the works for even faster transfer times... The Jukebox comes with 20 hours of music and audio content installed including Robin Crusoe and Mary Shelly's Frankenstein.

MSRP: $499 ..........Check lowest price

System Requirements:

  • Mac OS version 8.6 or higher
  • G3 or higher
  • Internet connection for Internet content downloading or CDDB support
  • 32MB RAM (64MB recommended)
  • USB port USB Manager version 1.2 or higher
  • 12MB free HD space (more for audio content storage)

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