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Creative Labs NOMAD II Digital Audio Player

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  • USB connection offers faster transfer rates and ease of connectivity
  • 64 MB SmartMedia card allows hours of CD-quality audio or voice recordings
  • Built-in FM tuner stores up to 32 preset stations
  • Large icon-based LCD screen with backlight for easy viewing in any environment
  • Upgradable to support multiple digital-audio formats and future software extensions
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Technical Details
Brand NameCreative
Item Weight3 ounces
Product Dimensions0.8 x 2.5 x 3.7 inches
Item model numberN64-0001
Batteries:1 AA batteries required. (included)
Discontinued by manufacturerYes
Number of Items1
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Best Sellers Rank #328,435 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Date First AvailableSeptember 4, 1999
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Warranty, Parts: 90 Days

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Supported Standards MP3 MP3 16GB Memory APE, FLAC, ALAC, WMA, WAV
Color Information not Provided Black And Silver Black Silver
Digital Storage Capacity 64 MB 16 GB 16 GB 128 GB
Dimensions 3.66 inches x 0.83 inches x 2.52 inches 0.5 inches x 3.3 inches x 2.2 inches 1.8 inches x 6 inches x 3 inches 3.8 inches x 2.24 inches x 0.55 inches
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  • Brand Name: Creative
  • Model: N64-0001
  • Digital Storage Capacity: 64 MB
  • Supported Standards: MP3, Other Audio Formats, WAV
  • Hardware Platform: PC
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Product Description

The Nomad II is a compact nonmechanical player designed for crystal-clear, skip-free digital audio no matter where you take it. Designed to be the next-generation portable digital audio platform, the Nomad II is futureproof, offering reprogrammable firmware to support multiple digital audio formats and software extensions. Supporting the current MP3 standard, Nomad II will allow owners the flexibility to upgrade to future audio compression standards such as WMA (Windows Media Audio) or other emerging codecs, and digital rights management technology, including SDMI compliance, via download at Creative Labs' Web site.

With a 64 MB SmartMedia flash memory card, the Nomad II lets you enjoy hours of CD-quality audio and 4 hours of voice recording. And it is the first portable digital audio player that offers you a built-in FM tuner that stores up to 32 preset stations. The wired remote control give quick access to playback controls during extreme activity, and the unit ships with bass-enhanced stereo backphones.

You can manage, access, upload, and download content to your NOMAD II player in seconds using the NOMAD Manager Software. The Creative Digital Audio Center by MusicMatch allows users to encode, decode, and archive high-quality MP3 files and Windows Media files, as well as convert an unlimited number of CD tracks and compile them according to preference. The SSFDC (Solid State Floppy Disk Card) compliant SmartMedia flash memory card allows audio content to be swapped with other SSFDC-compliant devices without the need for reformatting, and the SDMI (Secure Digital Music Initiative) ready device ensures listeners play digital music in secure formats.

Customer Reviews

A clear FM radio, and a great voice recorder.
C. Garber
It's not the most intuitive to navigate around menus, or even turn it on or off.
Chris Kaufield
I believe this product to be the best mp3 player out in the market now.

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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By E.K. on July 2, 2000
Before I bought the NOMAD II, I read a lot of reviews from Amazon. I saw there were a few downsides to this product, but I took my chances anyway and I do not regret it at all. I believe this product to be the best mp3 player out in the market now.
I admit, I don't know much about mp3 players (this being my first one), but compared to the reviews of the other top selling players, the NOMAD didn't really have much drastic flaws to it.
I'm not going to get all technical now, except the fact that NOMAD can support other future formats like WMA, and most of the other top-selling ones do not.
OKay...NOMAD has a limited memory of 64MB. Most of the others do too. Yeah, there are some that hold 96MB now, but who knows...wait a few years and it'll probably be a couple Gigabytes...that is, if future formats of music files do not make mp3's obsolete...or if you really want to wait that long for it to come out. When you think about it, it's not really all that bad. Of course, people would like the player to hold infinite amount of music... 64MB is just not enough, I know. I'd love it so much if one Smartmedia card could hold 100 songs compared to 12-15...I also wished CD's and tapes can hold that much at one time, too. Speaking of that, hey...can tapes zip from one track to another? Does it give CD quality sounds like the mp3 players do? Can tapes hold more than 20-30 songs averaging 5 minutes a piece? And CD's? Burn as many mixed song CD's you'd like, but you can only do them once on each CD, that is, if you do not mess it up in the process...and they take a lot of time. Plus, you can't hold that many songs in there either. Basically, you got the same limits as you always had with portable music players with the exception of a lot of extra convenience involved.
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108 of 114 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 29, 2000
The NOMAD II digital mp3 player / voice recorder by Creative Labs is one of the best devices of its kind. It is lightweight, small, has an intuitive interface,and the sound quality is in my opinion very good. Its only rival is perhaps the Rio 500 by Diamond. Other digital recorders / mp3 players tend to have much lower storage capacities and/or pitiful sound quality which makes them practically useless. The NOMAD II comes with a USB connector (unlike earlier versions of the NOMAD the NOMAD II will not work with a parallel port: you will need a USB port on your computer), headsets, an extension cord for the headphones with buttons on it (which is advertized as a "remote control"), an optional 64MB SmartMedia flash memory card (which you must have although it can be purchased separately), a leather case for the NOMAD II, one AA battery, and of course the NOMAD II itself. The software basically consists of the NOMAD II manager and the Creative Digital Audio Center (DAC).
Initially there is no operating system on the NOMAD II. You will need to boot into Windows 98 and connect your NOMAD II to the PC to transfer the NOMAD II operating system to the SmartMedia card using the NOMAD II manager. Once this is done you can also transfer any mp3 files to the NOMAD II, play them, and record. The NOMAD II uses two different file formats on its SmartMedia card. One is MPEG layer 3 (.mp3) which is used to play music and the other one is (.nvf) which is what the NOMAD II uses to store voice recordings. It is impossible to transfer .mp3 files from the NOMAD II to the computer so you must back up the .mp3 files on the computer so that when you need more space on the SmartMedia card you can delete the file without losing it. One the other hand you can transfer the .
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133 of 145 people found the following review helpful By Gadget Guy on May 17, 2000
This is my first MP3 player - I waited for the Nomad II to come out because I wanted USB connectivity, 64 MB of storage, and a radio (I also wanted a rechargable battery and docking station - however, they're sold seperately. Amazon did not sell them at the time I bought it, so I ordered the docking station (comes w/rechargable battery) from Creative's site)
Being new to MP3 Players, I really think that this thing is awesome. It's small, it has no moving parts and it has a fantastic user interface. The PC-side software is intuitive and easy to use as well. I also like the fact that I will be able to support other digital music formats in the future (WMA).
Downsides to the Nomad II: The radio just is not that great (at all). It's hard to use, and the reception is fair to poor - mostly poor. As a first time MP3 palyer user, I feel that 64MB is still not enough space for MP3s. I'm only getting 10-15 songs (128 bit rate)on the 64MB SmartMedia card. WMA formatted music is supposed to double that though...
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Bill Lehecka on November 8, 2000
I'll admit it, I'm a techno-junkie. I have to have all of the new-fangled gadgets that are out there. Call it compulsion. I bought the Creative Nomad II for the sole purpose of having one, but after I received the product, I came away with a product I can't help but be pleased with.
For such a small device, the sound on this gadget is incredible. I can't believe I'm listening to an MP3 from such a small device. Let's forget that the SmartMedia card I have holds 64 Megabytes (a feat on such a small card is just unimaginable to me). You can control the treble and bass (along with 4 presets Rock, Pop, Classical, and Jazz). Best of all, the skips are very rare. Unlike what most people have said here, I've had one or two. Nothing major, but a few for some reason. The battery was full, if you're keeping score at home.
I love the voice recorder. This innovation automatically makes the Nomad II a more useful tool outside of listening to music. With the capability to record 4 hours worth of sound bytes (with a 64 MB card), you could record a 3-hour lecture, transfer it to your computer, and keep an archive of them, without worrying about having enough tapes or missing something in your notes.
I only gave the product four stars for a variety of reasons. Even though I marvel at the size of the SmartMedia card in relation to the memory on it, I'm always afraid I'm going to snap it in half when I place it in the Nomad II. If you're careful, you'll be fine. I'm afraid that if I break it, I might have to shell out another ($) or so to replace it. I also found the navigation to be a bit hairy in some instances. Then again, I have a big thumb, so take that comment with a grain of salt. I also did not lkiek the fact trhat I had to buy a separate docking cradle, although Amazon does have, in my research, the best price for it.
Overall, this is a great product. If you want your MP3 player to do more than play music, get this item now!
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