Nomad MP-3 Player

What is the size of a pocket CD player yet carries 1100 tracks of music?

The Nomad MP-3 player, of course. This little beauty has become my constant companion when travelling or commuting. It satisifies all my music needs for the road in a most satisfying way. I can load up more music than I can really stand to listen to--1100 tracks! So far, I've only found about 400-odd songs to put on. It only has music I know I like, so it's like listening to a special "KBOB" radio station that always plays my favorites without interruptions. What could be better?

The Nomad accomplishes this magic by storing MP-3 encoded music on a 6 GB hard disc. You get songs into it by downloading over a USB cable from your PC. If you didn't understand what I just said, Nomad is not for you. If it all makes sense, take the plunge, Nomad is easy and works very well. If you have a relative or friend who you want to give an extravagant gift to, buy them a Nomad, they'll love it!

A couple of disclaimers are in order here:

- Nomad's software is pretty stable, but not perfect. I've seen MP-3's it can't play that work fine on my computer. It's PC-side software didn't work correctly on my Windows 2000 machine at work, but is fine on Windows 98 at home.

- It eats batteries! You get about 3 hours. Fortunately, it comes with 2 sets of rechargeables. I try to keep both sets charged up and with the unit at all times.

- Download of hundreds of songs to the Nomad can be slow. But heck, you can walk away and drink a Cafe Mocha while you wait!

- You can pull tracks off your CD's, but the easiest way to get material for this bad boy is Napster. Unfortunately, Napster is in considerable legal trouble with the music industry right now. We'll have to see what happens and whether this convenient resource goes away. BTW, I only download MP-3 tracks that I already own on CD's. Still, I suspect the music industry would still object.

- Sometimes Napster downloads have problems. They don't play, they have a glitch in the middle, or they end abruptly. Oh well. You get what you pay for and Napster is free so far.

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