Modern Music To Go
by Alan Zisman (c) 2003 First published in Vancouver Lifestyles Magazine
, May 2003, Tech One column
Want to take your music with you
wherever you go? Portable cassette tape players are so 1980s, portable
CD players so 1990s. With built-in hard drives, MP3 jukeboxes let users
take their entire music collections: literally hundreds of songs,
everywhere they go.
Apple's iPod (with models to connect to Macs or Windows PCs) has been
the fashion setter, combining small size and high price.
RCA-Thompson's Lyra Personal Jukebox is about twice the size and
weisght of an iPod-- plan on carrying it in a purse or clipped to a
belt, not in a shirt pocket. But it combines high capacity with
relatively low price: $499 for the 20 GB model (vs $799 for the
same-capacity iPod). It features rugged design with good sound and the
best battery life in its class: about 17 hours of music on a charge. A
big screen makes for an easy-to-read menu, and the included headphones
and car kit let you play it anywhere.
First-generation USB connections makes it take hours to fill full of
songs from your PC or Mac, but also makes it compatible with more
computers than flashier higher-speed models.
The Lyra Personal Jukebox may well be the MP3 jukebox for the rest of
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