10GB and 20GB Models Offer Low-Cost Data Storage Capacity
New York - July 10, 2002 - With the new 10GB or 20GB RCA LYRA mp3 Jukeboxes from Thomson (Euronext: 18453) (NYSE: TMS), computer users now have portable, affordable hard disc drive options that hold tens of thousands of data files and thousands of mp3 songs. The new RCA LYRA mp3 Jukebox is compatible with both the Mac and PC platforms, and has a suggested retail price of only $299 for the 20GB Jukebox (model RD2820), and a suggested retail price of only $249 for the 10GB version (model RD2800).
This combination audio player and computer data storage device supports mp3 and is mp3PRO-ready with a future software download that will double the unit's storage capacity for digital music by utilizing the improved mp3PRO music compression format. The 20GB LYRA mp3 Jukebox records over 300 hours of CD-quality mp3 files, or when the user is able to download the mp3PRO codec, 600 hours of CD-quality mp3PRO.
"Utilizing our extensive knowledge and experience in coding technology, our audio team has developed an advanced, but affordable, digital storage device that delivers features easily enjoyed by both PC and Mac users," said Al Arras, Senior Executive Vice President, Worldwide Audio, Video and ATLINKS Strategic Business Unit, Thomson. "Consumers will appreciate the flexibility the mp3PRO format allows - doubling the original audio memory capacity - as well as the convenience of being able to create playlists from songs that are stored on the unit, without having to rely on a computer for that task," Arras said.
Multifunctional and robust, the RCA LYRA mp3 Jukebox is more than just a music storage and playback device - it also provides peripheral hard drive capability. Consumers can use the RCA LYRA mp3 Jukebox to store and transport files from a desktop, including digital images, presentations, and word processing documents. Weighing just 11 ounces, the RD2820 is compatible with Windows 98SE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows XP, and Mac OS X.
Downloads: Just Four Seconds Per Song
Using the included USB cable, consumers can transfer a typical three-minute song from a computer to the RCA LYRA mp3 Jukebox hard drive in just four seconds. Consumers can even build their own playlists of favorite music without relying on the desktop computer. With seven playback modes, including normal play, shuffle and multimode repeat, and the ID3 tag song data stored with each song, displaying artist, album, song title and genre, the RCA LYRA mp3 Jukebox makes it easy for a consumer to put together favorite music compilations and easily replay them as music playlists.
"The RCA LYRA mp3 Jukebox gives listeners the ability to have their music collection in one location. This way, avid music fans no longer will hear over and over again only the CDs that are currently loaded in their CD player, but instead, can access music from CDs that they havenít listened to in the past several years," Arras said.
A rechargeable battery provides up to 12 hours of playback time, and the LYRA's shock-mounted hard drive includes an 8 MB memory buffer which ensures reliable, skip-free performance even under rugged conditions.
For song sorting and navigation, the RCA LYRA mp3 Jukebox offers seven sorting options: by artist, by album, by title, by genre, by user playlist, by audio file and by showing all files. Additionally, the unit has an eight-line backlit LCD screen that displays information including playlist name, song title, artist title, album name, genre, current track being played, volume level indicator, elapsed time of track or pause indicator, playback mode indicator, bit-rate and DSP (Digital Signal Processor) setting. Six adjustable DSP music settings accommodate different types of music (Bass, Rock, Pop, Jazz) and listening preferences with a built-in, five-band electronic custom equalizer.
To allow users to take their complete music collection with them wherever they go, the RCA LYRA mp3 Jukebox includes a car adapter kit that lets consumers enjoy their tunes on the road and a line out cable for easy connection to a home stereo system. X-Phoneš stereo headphones, featuring a flexible band that fits behind the listenerís head, are included with the RCA LYRA mp3 Jukebox, ensuring comfortable personal listening. The RCA LYRA mp3 Jukebox also comes with MusicMatch personal music management software.
The 20GB RCA LYRA mp3 Jukebox (RD2820) will be available in August at Circuit City and Sears, with a suggested retail price of $299. The 10GB RCA LYRA mp3 Jukebox, (RD2800) introduced in June, has a suggested retail price of $249 and is available at The Wiz and www.rca.com.
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