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Creative Labs NOMAD Jukebox 3 20 GB MP3 Player


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  • 20 GB storage space holds up to 8,000 songs encoded in WMA at 80 kbps or 5,000 MP3s encoded at 128 kbps
  • High audio quality (relative to other MP3 devices): 98 dB signal-to-noise ratio playback, frequency response of 20 to 20,000 Hz
  • Analog and optical digital line inputs for direct high-quality recording from external audio devices
  • Super fast SB-1394/FireWire (IEEE-1394 compliant) and USB 1.1 file transfers from your PC
  • Up to 22 hours of uninterrupted playback with two lithium-ion rechargeable batteries
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Technical Details
Brand NameCreative
Item Weight2.8 pounds
Product Dimensions14.7 x 9.4 x 5.2 inches
Item model numberHD0003
Discontinued by manufacturerYes
Number of Items1
  
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Additional Information
ASINB000068OJM
Best Sellers Rank #154,431 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight3 pounds
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
Date First AvailableJune 6, 2002
  
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If you're looking for MP3 player innovation that delivers feature-rich functionality and unsurpassed audiophile quality, the Nomad Jukebox 3 is the player for you. The Jukebox 3 offers audio quality that makes other players sound pale and lifeless by comparison. With the leading audio specifications in its category, even the toughest critic will be delighted by its crystalline clarity. Add to this a suite of powerful music-management and audio functions, and you're set to tailor your musical experience through an easy-to-use interface with intuitive scrolling file navigation.

The Nomad Jukebox 3 connects to everything audio: it works with PCs and stereos and other devices to let you transfer, store, and even record at will--analog and optical digital line inputs allow direct high-quality recording from external audio devices. Top it off with a massive 20 GB storage with both USB and SB1394/FireWire connectivity, and you can listen to your favorite music anytime, anywhere. The unit holds up to 333 hours of MP3s encoded at 128 Kbps, or an incredible 8,000 songs encoded in WMA at 80 Kbps. Store your entire music library (and other files) in a compact package that's completely portable.

The unit's second battery bay gives you up to 22 hours of uninterrupted playback with two lithium-ion rechargeable batteries (or 11 hours using only one). Smart Volume Management (SVM) normalizes audio output to compensate for different mastering levels between songs, while time scaling lets you speed up or slow down playback without distortion. Finally, anti-skip protection extends to seven minutes of buffering for smooth listening.


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Battery life seems to be about 11 hours, as advertised.
Kevin S. Goff
Downloading the firmware updates and software updates has not helped.
Amazon Customer
Transferring files is easy with the Playcenter software.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Van Dusen on August 3, 2002
Ignore all the reviews by people who don't even OWN this product - they're clearly unable to give you a comprehensive overview. As an owner of both the original 6GB Nomad Jukebox, and now the 20GB Nomad Jukebox III, I'll try to give a fair opinion.
First, let's start with the specs. It costs the same as the 10GB iPod, and offers BOTH FireWire and USB, although USB2 would have been nice - it's faster than FireWire. Unlike the iPod, which has one version for Windows and one for Mac, the Jukebox can connect to either, for $100 less.
The battery lasts 11 hours on a ~3 hour charge, and you can add another battery to it for a total of 22 hours. It's a bit bulkier than the iPod, but more compact than an average portable CD player.
This player is ages ahead of the original Nomad. A scroll wheel akin to recent Sony Vaio notebooks lets you quickly whiz through your playlist - a plus for those of us who like to add 3000 songs at a time. The backlight is also brighter and makes the track info easier to read.
There is an "Add All" option if you just want to heave the whole of your collection into a playlist. Playlist management is much improved - albums are sorted in a hierarchy with their tracks under them, in proper order.
The sound output is just incredible, and the standard headphones are of notably better quality than the previous Jukebox.
On the downside, currently it cannot play Ogg Vorbis files. This is fine, since it doesn't claim to, but it would be a nice addition.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Kevin S. Goff on June 13, 2002
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I reviewed the original Nomad Jukebox two years ago, and gave it 4 stars, though I felt it really deserved 3.5 stars. The sound quality was decent, but the interface was kludgy and the battery life was horrible. But I lived with it, because until now it was the best product out there.
It took Creative a long time, but they finally got it right. I'm listening to Miles Davis right now on it, and Birth of the Cool never sounded so cool. The sound quality [with a good pair of headphones, I use the SportaPros] is indistinguishable from CD quality. Gone is the 'tinny' sound that is so common among even good MP3 players. The sound is every bit as rich as the reviews claim. [I still think that EAX is still a bit gimmicky, but I found the sound setting that works for me, and I ain't changin' it!)
Battery life seems to be about 11 hours, as advertised. I plan to buy a 2nd battery very soon.
As far as the size - it seems to weigh about the same as the original Nomad, but is smaller in diameter. While I can't say the interface is as good as the iPod, it is certainly better than the original Nomad. I jog with an old Rio 500, so the size of the Jukebox 3 is fine for me.
The 'minor' issues:
- Still no carrying case
- No 2nd battery...why, why, why??? Maybe if I send Creative my 2nd set of their useless headphones, they'll send me a 2nd batter for free? ;)
- New button layout is a bit strange, but I'm sure I'll get used to it.
But even with those minor (and I do mean minor) issues, the sound and battery life on this thing are great..and so I give it five stars. If you are serious about music, and can afford it, get this unit. You will not regret it.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Gadgester HALL OF FAME on December 25, 2002
What I like about this product:
-- Excellent, top-notch sound output, both through a good set of headphones and through the two analog output jacks in the back of the unit
-- Can play WMA format in addition to MP3
-- Firewire interface included
-- Good battery life: I get about 9 hours, less than the 11 claimed by Creative, but still good
-- Ability to add a 2nd battery
-- Optical/analog input jack for recordings
-- 20GB at an attractive price
What I don't like:
-- Still too big and too heavy, esp. compared to the 20GB Apple iPod. The iPod uses Toshiba's PC card hard disk, which is much smaller and quieter than the Fujitsu 2.5-inch disk used by Jukebox 3
-- Uninspiring styling
-- Lacks driver to allow Windows to recognize the device as an external drive. Archos gets A+ for getting this right: all Archos MP3 players can be used as an external drive, plug-n-go. Jukebox 3, in contrast, only comes with a clumsy file transfer tool, unless you buy the commerical third-party software Nomad Explorer
Conclusion:
A very good value considering it has 20GB of space which allows up to 8000 songs and can be used as external storage (if you can live with the awkward file transfer program). Still too big for the pocket, though.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 11, 2002
The creative nomad jukebox 3 is small enough to take with you anywhere, but has enough hard drive for your entire cd collection, even if you have a very extensive collection. The unit is very easy to use and so is the software used along with it. The eax audio features provide for outstanding listening quality. With the line out jack, it connects very easily into any home stereo system. I have music playing all the time and I haven't had to play a CD in months. My jukebox goes with me on trips, to the gym, my car(w/adaptor)and back to my home stereo. Great all around product. Only complaint would be creatives short lived warranty(90days).
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By MartyHansen on November 10, 2002
After living with my Jukebox 3 for about nine months, I'm just now beginning to appreciate its full capabilities. In addition to listening through headphones, I also purchased the accessory Home Kit which allows me to play through speakers using a remote control, as well as the Car Kit which comes with a cassette adapter and power cord for playing the Jukebox 3 in my car.
I've loaded every piece of music I own -- as well as my own custom playlists -- into the Jukebox 3 -- so I can now enjoy all of these everywhere I go. No more CD's to catalog or change. No more stations (in my car) to tune. The Jukebox 3 has even begun to replace my home stereo -- as my music player of choice around the house.
To make sure that ambient noise isn't a problem, I also purchased a set of Sennheiser HDC 451 Noise Canceling headphones which work great, both indoors and out. (Other brands incidentally are junk.) There almost isn't a place where I can't listen to my Jukebox 3 -- except maybe, of course, underwater.
The Creative software is very intuitive. It will load both WMA (Window Media) and MP3 files with ease. Transferring songs utilizing the Firewire connection (which I use) is seemingly instantaneous. And the EAX (music equalizer) settings offer a variety of modes that increase the highs, lows, stereo separation and reverb (echo) to match the type of music, the quality of the speakers, or the acoustics of the room (or car) in which I'll be listening.
Before I acquired the Jukebox 3, enjoying my entire music list was often times a challenge. Today, since any song in my collection is now easily accessible -- my desire for new music has become almost insatiable. And with its 20 Gb hard drive, so too (it seems) is my Jukebox 3.
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