Following up on earlier posts, I went out and got the NOMAD portable mp3 player to use as my co-pilot on x-country flights in my 260SE, in lieu of buying a portable CD player. Here are my thoughts:
If you have a computer with a CD-ROM drive and appropriate amount of memory/system req. (they are fairly minimal) then I’d say this is a good value if you fall into the “I want to do this once and forget it” category. The unit holds over 100 CD’S and is no larger than a regular portable CD playerYou simply install the software on your computer (10 mins) and connect the NOMAD to your computer (must have USB) and then you can begin converting CD’s to MP3. It takes about 6-15 mins per CD on my Mac. I just stop back at my computer every now and then and switch disks. Amazingly, the program will search on-line (in about 1 sec.) and “recognize” which CD is in your computer by studying the pattern of song lengths…etc.
Bottom line, it stores everything by Album, Artist, Style…etc. Amazing. The NOMAD is the size of a portable CD player and tucks nicely in a front pocket on the co-pilot side. It comes with rechargable nimh batteries but can be powered by a 12v. Batteries give you 4hrs play and the unit comes with two sets. At about $400 on-line, it is not cheap, but allows you to load up anything you could ever want and take it with you whether you are flying or driving or want it in the office. I’m no audiophile, but sound quality is darn good, probably the same as CD’s. Overall: much more versatile then one little cd. You can have stuff for kids, grown-ups, etc. All stored differently with various playlists…etc. A little pricey but worth it for me.