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A Music Jukebox in the Palm of Your Hand

Boot Camp feature for Wednesday, August 8, 2001

A music juke box in the palm of your hand. Bloomberg Bootcamp, a report on today's technology. It's small enough to clip on your belt... .but it can store one hundred hours of high quality digital music. Size is one thing that distinguishes the Archos Jukebox Recorder... from similar devices on the market. Another is the ability to record MP3 music directly onto the six gigabyte hard drive from your home stereo... with no computer involved. Archos Technology's Verlaine Crawford...

"It's a real time recorder and it will go in and record MP3, meaning compressed files onto the Jukebox Recorder. And what you end up with is a lot of songs, you can have about fifteen hundred songs on this Jukebox Recorder. So you could be recording directly and you can also hook it up to your computer and download music from the computer into this very neat, handheld product that you can take anywhere with you."

There's a built in microphone... input and output jacks and a USB port for connecting to your PC or Mac. That enables the Jukebox to do double duty as an external hard drive for storing files of all kinds.... .

"You can travel all over the place and you've got your files. Just hook it up to a computer and you're ready to go to do business as well."

The only difficulty I found with the Jukebox is the menu navigation on its LCD screen that takes some getting used to. The price, about 350 dollars. Bloomberg Bootcamp, I'm Fred Fishkin.