AVL schrijft dat er bij Thresh's FiringSquad een verslag te vinden is van de Consumer Electronics Show onlangs gehouden in Las Vegas. In het eerste deel wordt vooral aandacht besteed aan Creative met haar nieuwe MP3 producten, zoals de Nomad II en de Nomad Jukebox, waarvan die laatste een niet misselijke 6GB aan opslagcapiciteit biedt (zie pic onderaan).
The NOMAD Jukebox has 6GB of storage built-in thanks to a 2.5 inch notebook hard drive. The Jukebox is shaped like a portable CD player; when you first see it, you're tempted to look for a non-existent CD eject button. The unit weighs in at just under a pound, 14 ounces with four AA batteries. The batteries only support 3-6 hours of continuous playback depending on battery type, but the Jukebox does come with an AC adapter. Like the NOMAD II and NOMAD II MG, the Jukebox uses a USB interface for PC connectivity.
The Jukebox also features an onboard digital signal processor (DSP) and has support for 4 channel surround sound. You will be able to download new DSP algorithms, security features, and playlist generators from www.nomadworld.com. The unit also has a five minute shock protection buffer. The Jukebox will be available this spring with a sub-$600 retail price.
Creative plans on adding several more Jukebox features and options. One feature will allow you to use the Jukebox as an external hard drive. You'll be limited by the speed of the USB port, but having 6GB of portable disk space could come in handy. And yes, Creative also plans on making a jukebox car power adapter. "Um… no officer, that isn't a radar detector. I swear. Want to hear some rap music I downloaded from the internet? It's NWA -good stuff."