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Time for a quick head sum. 333 hours of cd-quality music. If we say that the average song is roughly four minutes long, that lets us squash around 5000 songs into those 333 hours. In fact the manufacturers claim you can get up to 8000 tracks, using the best audio compression. That is an astonishing amount of music, but frankly, this is an astonishing music player.
DonÂ’t even think that this is Â‘justÂ’ an MP3 player. Even the best of those only hold a couple of hours of CD-quality tunes. The Nomad Jukebox 3 has a huge 20GB hard drive, which can hold well over 300 CDs worth of song with enough space left over for a hearty handful of KaZaa/eDonkey downloads. But the player isnÂ’t limited to the MP3 format, as the firmware Â– like software, but better Â– can be upgraded, allowing future digital music formats to be stored. So by the time that abbreviations like AAC, WAV or MPEG4 actually mean something to most of us, the Nomad Jukebox 3 will already be able to handle them.
Included in the package is an infrared remote control unit and a pair of wraparound headphones - although if you're an audiophile you may want to upgrade to a more professional set of "cans".
The software provided makes the transfer of tunes from CD to Jukebox via your PC a total breeze (and ultra fast if you are FireWire enabled), but you can record straight from CD via a line-in connector if you want. There are also two outputs that allow the Jukebox 3 to be hooked up to your speakers.
The Nomad Jukebox's predecessor (The similar-looking but functionally inferior Creative Labs DAP Jukebox) was on show in the Design Museum as technological thing of beauty, and quite right, too, but everything Â‘internalÂ’ also smacks of class Â– the cataloguing method, menu navigation, the very user-friendly software. Naturally, the sound quality is top notch.
Future proof and able to store your entire record collection Â– it actually doesnÂ’t get much better than that.