You Can Take it With You: I.D. magazine , September 2000
True confessions time: We've all congested our company's T1 line downloading MP3s, maybe even a few Metallica singles. Whether you've downloaded your MP3 files from Napster or your hip younger brother doesn't matter. What does is that you have that rare live Van Halen track of "Hot for Teacher."
The downside is that your music collection is housed on your harddrive. You're either tethered to your computer when enjoying your contraband tunes, or left to buy a portable MP3 player that will save something like 30 minutes of music for $200. That is, before the debut of Personal Jukebox from Remote Solution.
This gageteer's dream has the capacity to house more than 1,500 songs or 100 playback hours. (That's 125 CDs worth.) It's totally portable, weighing only 9.9 ounces and fitting easily in the palm of your hand. Worried that it'll burn out on you? It has a long-life rechargeable lithium-ion battery with a12-hour playtime between charges. If you're a real geek, you'll appreciate that advanced buffering extends battery life by turning on the internal disc drive once every ten minutes.
The Personal Jukebox comes bundled with Jukebox Manager software, allowing you to customize and organize your music with different playlists. The USB connection allows you to quickly convert your CDs into MP3s and transfer your existing files to the 6MB hard drive. A large graphic LCD screen allows you to browse through your collection and different playlists.
Standard accessories include high-fidelity KOSS headphones, a universal AC adapter, a CD ROM for the Jukebox Manager installation, a USB cable, and a mini-to-twin RCA cable for playback through home audio systems. Optional accessories include an external battery charger kit, and extra Lithium-ion battery, and a car audio adapter kit.
The list price is $799, but you can justify that by considering that's less than $7.50 per hour. (Most MP3 players end up costing about $200 per playback hour for other MP3 flash-media storage units.) At press time, the Personal Jukebox is available only for Windows users, with a Mac version available in August. Order from www.mp3factorydirect.com.