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20GB version digital audio player shipping immediately

MEDIA ALERT - August 7, 2001 - What: Creative Technology Ltd., the worldwide leader in digital entertainment products for the personal computer and the Internet, today announced the shipment of the NOMAD® Jukebox 20GB. With an estimated street price of US$399.99, this version of the popular NOMAD Jukebox packs in 14 more gigs than the previous version of the Creative NOMAD Jukebox.

With the storage capacity to hold up to 340 hours of CD-quality music or over 8500 hours of spoken word, the NOMAD Jukebox 20GB is one of the highest capacity players on the market. This NOMAD player caters to music lovers and audio book enthusiasts seeking an optimal storage and playback solution for large quantities of compressed digital audio files.

Like the original player, the NOMAD Jukebox 20GB is a compact and lightweight (14oz.) product featuring a line-in for analog recording from external sources and dual line-out connections. Equipped to store about 500 or more CD's worth of music, the NOMAD Jukebox 20GB includes an onboard real-time digital signal processor (DSP) for superior audio playback, and a time-scaling feature to allow the user to control the listening environment. A Headphone-Out jack supports headphone spatialization and equalizer effects. The onboard EAX® processing allows for superior audio quality and customization, as well as tone controls for personalizing audio settings. The NOMAD Jukebox 20GB supports MP3, WMA and WAV files and is firmware upgradable to support future formats as well.

Features & Benefits

  • Massive Storage: holds up to 340 hours of CD-quality music-about 500 albums-or over 8500 hours of voice
  • Creative PlayCenter 2: provides an easy-to-use interface for playing, organizing, encoding, decoding and archiving high quality MP3, WMA and WAV files
  • iTunes: the premier MP3 player and recorder for the Macintosh allows easy encoding, downloading of music, building of custom playlists and sorting of music by artist, track, song, genre and more
  • Time scaling: offers adjustable playback-perfect for digital audio books, educational or controlled music listening
  • Real-time DSP: onboard for superior audio playback and customization
  • Dual Line Out: allows for 4 point surround speaker connectivity
  • Line In: supports direct audio recording from external devices
  • Adjustable Playback Speed: implementation for voice or music for optimized playback
  • Parametric EQ: allows control of treble, bass and mid-range settings
  • Headphone-Out Jack: supports headphone spatialization and equalizer effects
  • USB Interface: offers fast digital transfer rates, connectivity and setup
  • 5 Minute Shock Protection Buffer: for superior performance while on the move
  • Future Support: for downloadable features including new EAX processing algorithms, security features, auto playlist generators, and more

Pricing and Availability
The NOMAD Jukebox 20GB is shipping immediately to retail and e-tail outlets in North America at an estimated street price of US$399.99. This digital audio player comes bundled with stereo backphones, universal AC power supply, USB connector cable, carrying pouch and two 4-packs of AA NiMH batteries (one spare). More information about the NOMAD Jukebox 20GB can be found at www.nomadworld.com.

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This announcement relates to products launched in the United States of America. The product names, contents, prices and availability are subject to change and may differ elsewhere in the world according to local factors and requirements.

The Creative logo, Sound Blaster, Blaster and EAX are registered trademarks of Creative Technology Ltd. in the U.S. and/or other countries. NOMAD is a registered trademark of Aonix and is used by Creative Technology Ltd. and/or its affiliates under license. iTunes is a trademark of Apple Computer, Inc.

All other brand or product names mentioned herein are either trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders and are hereby recognized as such.

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