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Vancouver Lifestyles Magazine

    Modern Music To Go
    by  Alan Zisman (c) 2003 First published in Vancouver Lifestyles Magazine ,  May 2003, Tech One column

    RCA Lyra Personal JukeboxWant 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 us.

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Alan Zisman is a Vancouver educator, writer, and computer specialist. He can be reached at E-mail Alan