By Richard Menta 8/18/02
Look Ma, no cable! That is one advantage of the Nomad MuVo, Creative's latest MP3 portable that replaces the older, but still excellent, Nomad II in the flash portable MP3 arena. The reason no cable is needed is because the the minute MuVo has a detachable memory module that plugs directly into the USB socket of your system. This is a handy convenience for those who have their USB port in the front of their PC or who simply are bad at remembering where they put the cable. This also brings us to the other advantage of the Nomad MuVo, size.
Creative in their press release calls the MuVo the world's smallest MP3 player, but its 2.87” x 1.38” x 0.63" dimensions are slightly bested by the Panasonic SV-SD80 at 1.69" x 1.75" x .69". Still, how small do you need to get? The MuVo itself rides on the virtues of simplicity, load 30 or so tunes, take that jog around the park, don't worry about software or cables or the like.
Of course the niceties missing include a display for following track names and the ability to expand memory. Both of these features are available in the Panasonic SV-SD80, though that unit has no onboard memory and uses Secure Digital (SD) flash cards that presently top out at the same 128MB as the MuVo.
The Nomad MuVo requires no software as it should be recognized by Windows as another drive. Just drag and drop files in using Windows Explorer. As is standard with almost all players today the MuVo reads both MP3 and WMA compressed files. The MuVo runs on a single AAA battery, which Creative claims will allow you to pump 12 hours worth of tunes.
While the Nike PSA players are better designed for the workout set, a player this small can certainly find a place in some jock's pocket. Selling for about $150, the Nomad Muvo should also prove popular to those who would never be caught dead in a gym.
The Apple iPod for Windows is available on Amazon in 10GB and 20GB versions.
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