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Pocket-sized, 20GB Digital Audio Player Offers Extended Battery Life up to 14 Hours

What: Creative, the worldwide leader in digital entertainment products for PC users, today announced a USB 2.0 version of its highly popular NOMAD® Jukebox Zen digital audio player. The NOMAD Jukebox Zen with USB 2.0 offers ultra fast file transfers and is compatible with virtually every PC in the market today. The NOMAD Jukebox Zen with USB 2.0 is now shipping at an estimated street price of only US$399.99.

"The market has embraced the NOMAD Jukebox Zen since its launch in October," said Clarence Lim, NOMAD brand manager for Creative Labs Asia. "With the new NOMAD Jukebox Zen featuring USB 2.0, Creative offers transfer rates at about 10x faster than USB 1.1. Since USB is standard in the marketplace today, the NOMAD Jukebox Zen is ready to work out-of-the box with any PC-there's no need to purchase a separate add-in card.

Digital audio enthusiasts can use the new NOMAD Jukebox Zen to transfer entire music collections and data files in a flash. Combined with the bundled AudioSync? feature, which enables moving and synchronizing your music between multiple desktop and notebook PCs, the NOMAD Jukebox Zen with USB 2.0 is the perfect music companion for work, home, and school.

The NOMAD Jukebox Zen is small enough to fit in a shirt pocket and features a stylish, anodized aluminum case. The player has a 20GB hard drive to hold up to 8,000 songs by supporting both MP3 and WMA formats, and offers outstanding audio quality at up to 98dB SNR. A built-in, rechargeable lithium-ion battery powers the NOMAD Jukebox Zen, giving users up to 14 hours of mobile music playback.

An intuitive Scroller wheel allows for quick navigation through your music and creating and editing playlists without having to be at the PC. Using the "Find" function, consumers can locate any song, album or artist instantly with alphabetical input. The included Creative File Manager program turns the NOMAD Jukebox Zen into a high-speed external portable hard drive to store, transport, and transfer photo, text and video files. Powerful EAX® audio technologies offer music customization and enhancement tools, such as Advanced EQ, Time-Scaling, Environmental Effects, and 3D Spatialization features. EAX also boasts Smart Volume Management? (SVM) which matches the playback volume of all tracks on a playlist, keeping volume levels constant and eliminating the need to reach for the volume control between songs.

The NOMAD Jukebox Zen with USB 2.0 ships with a stylish black carrying case with belt loop, comfortable stereo backphones, and power adapter. The player can be charged with the included power adapter or conveniently via the USB port.

About Creative: Creative is the worldwide leader in digital entertainment products for PC users. Famous for its Sound Blaster® sound cards and for launching the multimedia revolution, Creative is now driving digital entertainment on the PC platform with products like its highly acclaimed NOMAD Jukebox. Creative's innovative hardware, proprietary technology, applications and services leverage the Internet, enabling consumers to experience high-quality digital entertainment -- anytime, anywhere.


This announcement relates to products launched in the Asia Pacific. The product names, prices and availability are subject to change without notice and may differ elsewhere in the world according to local factors and requirements. Sound Blaster, EAX, AudioSync, and Smart Volume Management are trademarks or registered trademarks of Creative Technology Ltd. in the United States and/or other countries. NOMAD is a registered trademark of Aonix and is used by Creative Technology Ltd. and/or its affiliates under license. All other brand or product names mentioned herein are trademarks of their respective holders and are hereby recognized as such.

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