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Your whole record collection will fit on a box the size of a CD player in a device to be launched in April priced at under $600 (£360). The 14oz Nomad Jukebox from Creative Technology will hold 150 albums or 2,600 hours in 6GB of storage on a laptop-style hard disk. Using ID3 tags, information about each track can be stored such as artist, mood and even tempo – all of which can be searched. Previous players in the Nomad range only supported 2 hours of music or 128MB of streamed data. These players use flash memory which has no moving parts and Creative intend consumers to download two hours of music from the Jukebox for portable music. The new Nomad is around the same size as a portable CD player, but is not intended to be a portable device. Anyone brave enough to mishandle it, could lose all their top tunes. The take-up on MP3 players has been poor so far. Creative say the problem is that music for MP3 is not available on the high street and that people are put off because there are a number of formats around. European brand manager for audio at Creative, Franco de Bonis said: "People are put off because they think it is limited to one format. The Jukebox supports other formats such as WMA so it doesn't matter which format takes precedence." Wherever the market develops, Creative say they will provide updates for the player to support any format and compatibility for the Secure Digital Music Initiative. ® Additional information: Secure Digital Music Initiative The Nomad Jukebox and Nomad II MG

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