Autumn launch for Creative's monster MP3 player

Creative's massive capacity MP3 beast is just round the corner

MP3 fans could be carrying their entire music collection around on one portable device in October when Creative Labs launches its DAP (Digital Audio Player) Jukebox. The device, which was the subject of an embarrassing patent blunder last year comes with a 6GB hard drive: that's 150 albums on one disc.

The DAP will be launched on 1 September in the US under the Nomad brand. Creative could not use 'Nomad' in the UK because it is already a trademark here.

Weighing in at 400g, the MP3 player is shaped like a Sony Discman and has a large LCD screen. It will support Creative's PlayCenter 2 software, which allows users to convert audio CD tracks into MP3 files. Final pricing hasn't been announced yet, but Creative expects the DAP Jukebox to retail around £349 in the UK, and $499 in the US.

The original Nomad MP3 player will finally be sold in the UK branded as the DAPII MG. Creative had aimed for an April release.

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