Creative Ships Nomad II MP3 Player

SINGAPORE (03/29/2000) - Creative Technology Ltd. has begun shipping its second-generation Nomad II MP3 audio player to selected retail stores and online retail outlets in Asia, the company announced yesterday.

The 64M-byte and 32M-byte versions of the Nomad II are available immediately in Asia for estimated retail prices of US$329.99 and $229, respectively, Creative said in a statement.

The Nomad II includes Universal Serial Bus (USB) support to enable connection to a PC, an FM tuner, voice recorder, and a wired remote control for accessing the playback controls while on the move, Creative said.

It also includes an icon-based backlit LCD with scrolling text to view artist name and song title, and SSFDC (solid state floppy disk card) compliant flash memory card support in all configurations.

The Nomad II allows consumers to download support for future codec standards and digital rights management technology, enabling the Nomad II to play digital music in secure formats.

The Nomad II is being launched into a competitive market. Already on sale are I-Jam Multimedia LLC's $299 IJ-101, S3 Inc. subsidiary Diamond Multimedia's Rio 500 and Sony Corp.'s $399 NW-MS7 Memory Stick Walkman. Soon to join the list are Casio Computer Co. Ltd.'s $249 WMP-1V Wrist Audio Player and Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd.'s SSP-HP7, which puts its playback circuitry and 32M bytes of memory into the headphones.

All these products offer longer listening times and slicker features than the first-generation models [See " MP3 Fans Get New Players, Services", Mar. 21 ].

Singapore-based Creative can be contacted at +65-895-4717 or on the Web at http://www.ctlsg.creaf.com/.

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