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Creative Nomad Jukebox Zen Xtra 30 GB MP3 Player


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  • 30 GB storage lets you bring up to 8,000 WMA songs (80 kbps) or MP3 songs (128 kbps) everywhere you go
  • Use AudioSync to synchronize your music on your player with your PC at work, school and home or on the road
  • Load a song a second with ultra fast USB 2.0 port, compatible with USB 1.1 too
  • Removable, high-capacity Li-ion battery -- up to 14 hrs continuous playback per charge
  • Compatible with Microsoft Windows 98 SE, Me, 2000, and XP
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Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NameCreative
Item Weight1 pounds
Product Dimensions4 x 3 x 1 inches
Item model number70PD055000031
Discontinued by manufacturerYes
Number of Items1
  
Additional Information
ASINB0002BRMNA
Shipping Weight1 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 AvailableMay 24, 2004
  
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Creative
  • Model: 70PD055000031
  • Digital Storage Capacity: 30 GB
  • Supported Standards: MP3, WMA, DRM
  • Hardware Platform: PC
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Customer Reviews

I love my Creative Lab Nomad Zen Xtra 30GB player.
Calvin (SF)
In my first review I took off one star for the clunky software package.
M. Starke
A great buy if you're looking for a quality MP3 player!!
Jeiris Cook

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255 of 262 people found the following review helpful By Coral S. Amende on September 9, 2004
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When I first started looking for a portable jukebox, I--like everybody else--was drooling for an iPod. Then I did my research, and here's why I decided on the Zen Jukebox Xtra: (1) the iPod battery is not user-replaceable, you have to pay $60 for a two-year Apple plan in order to get it replaced, and you have to send the unit back to them to get it replaced (evidently it starts losing its charge about six months into ownership); (2) huge storage space--I have my entire CD collection on it plus a whole bunch of downloaded tracks at high quality and I've still only used half the space; (3) sound quality is fabulous, especially if you spring for a decent pair of headphones. As far as durability goes, granted I haven't passed the dreaded 90-day-warranty mark, but it goes with me trail-running daily (because of other reviews I've read, I hold it in my hand over rough spots so it doesn't get jostled too much) and in the car on long drives a few times a week. I've also dropped it from a pretty good height with no damage. My one complaint? No support for MP4. BUT...you can upgrade the firmware to be Real Player compatible (their downloads are only 49 cents) and I've found the process easily done. Good tech support as well. I just don't think there's a better value for the money.
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111 of 116 people found the following review helpful By J A W on July 9, 2004
It's passed the 6 month test, no problems w/ it, no shutdown of hard drive. Fingers crossed it can pass the 8 month test...I'm sorry about the horror stories, maybe I just got lucky w/ a functioning Jukebox. I'm pretty active w/ it, jogging, weightlifting, painting w/ it on, even dropped it once or twice, but still works. Course, I don't throw it around or treat it like a stupid little walkman, it *is* a computer and should be treated as such.
I have never tried the Ipod, so I can't compare the sound, interface, ect. All I can say, is that this product is a Godsend at 220 bucks. If you are a finnicky listener like me, and you can't stomach listening to the radio because you have to change the station every other song, if not turn off the radio completely, because you are so freaking sick of stupid music passed off as, well, music, then a product like this is mandatory in your life. You need to have the ability to only listen to what you want to listen to. I have a playlist of over 400+ indie-esque rock songs, another of 50+ that lists my current fave songs, and another of 40+ classical and celtic music pieces. It is what it is, a personal jukebox, a personal radio station. No more interchanging CDs while driving (btw, I just used an old car tape-deck adapter from my CD player to adapt the jukebox to the car stereo, no need to buy the accessory car adapter kit), no more tedious and infuriatingly redundant pop-"alternative" rock music while waiting to hear one good song out of thirty, no more 8 minute commercial breaks...just pop in the jukebox and hit shuffle. The interface can be a little messy, but it's still worth it. 80 bucks less than an Ipod and 20+ GB more...yeah, it's definitely worth it (if it works for you).
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By mowry4875 on November 28, 2004
I waited a full year before writing a review of my Creative Labs Zen Nomad 30GB Xtra, because some products work well for the first 6 months and then break down once its too late to return. Well, after 12 months, I can say this has been a great purchase, with no regrets. I listen to it everyday going to/from work on the train, with no major performance issues. With 30GBs of storage space, I have 4000 songs loaded and use the extra space to store files I need at work. Another plus is that it plays both WMA and MP3 file formats, so I can play all the songs from my CD library, as well as downloaded songs, without having to convert them. The unit itself is not as graceful/compact as an Ipod, but when you consider a 20GB Ipod costs around $300, whereas a 30GB Nomad costs around $225, I think you get more for you money. Plus, you're not forced to download tunes from Ipod's Itunes store at 99 cents/song.

Regarding usage, I use the included Nomad MediaSource Organizer on my PC. It scans your computer for song files, and then organizes them. You can then plug in your Nomad using the included USB 2.0 cable (which works with a USB 1.1 interface, albeit slower). The computer recognizes the Nomad after a few seconds, after which you can transfer all the songs on your computer (the first time), and then new songs afterward on an individual basis. One major drawback is that if you change a song title, genre, artist name, then the software will not recognize the song as being the same. As a result, you may have multiple versions of the song on your player. Perhaps a new updated version of the software will be `smarter'. Another problem is that you cannot delete or make changes to songs on the Nomad directly - instead you have to sync it with your computer to make those changes.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By C. Jackson on December 8, 2004
In getting ready to go to college, I decided I didn't want a big stereo and CD cases taking up space in my room. So, I bought this MP3 player at Bestbuy and two small but powerful Bose speakers that I can connect to it or to my laptop. With my first semester coming to an end, I couldn't be happier. I've yet to have a technical problem with it. The amount of songs it holds it great and it's easy to use. The software it comes with is great too, because you can put songs from CDs to your MP3 player without having to put them on your computer first. So no hard drive space is used up. You can't say that about ipods. My sister got the dell MP3 player and has had problems with it too. I listen to mine for hours everyday...basically when I'm in my room, I have music on, and I love it!
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