MP3 Player Hits the Asphalt
seeing the raft of new portable MP3 players at the International
Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, there were
some truly awesome derivations displayed that suit our mobile
lifestyles. One of them we describe below. Others, such as players
worn on your wrist and a module that fits in the slot in Nintendo
GameBoy, we will feature in the 2nd half of February.
from Home Page -
Rome is presently configured with 32MB of internal flash memory,
and uses an 18-pin parallel port connection to the PC to allow
for data transfer at 246Kbps.
features include EQ settings for normal, classic, jazz, and
pop/rock. All standard functions that you would expect, including
repeat one, repeat all, repeat A-B, random, intro, hold and
menu are available.
present, rome is configured to work with PC's running Windows
95/98 (Pentium 90 or higher). Playing time is up to 6 hours,
with the lowest encoded bit-rate. With
the standard bit-rate (of 128 Kbps), music play time is about
with all MP3 players, the unit is fully skip resistant (no moving
parts, dah), so you can shake, rattle and roll with no impact
on the tunes. Perfect for the car.
not popped into a cassette deck or Walkman, it fits great in a
top shirt pocket. Versatility unmatched!
review of the rome.
More pictures and details.
oh, by the way, rome's (remember "Row-me") partner, Juli, will
be coming out sometime in the spring from Unitech. More about
where can you buy one?
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what you think about this review, whether we answered all of
your questions, and/or where to get one of these "cassette"
ROME - Cassette MP3
- 32 Mb memory (built-in),
- expandable to 64 Mb later,
- Playing time upto 6 hours
voice quality, 30 min. music,
- Battery: 1.2 V Ni-MH,
- Interface Port: parallel
- Transfer Rate: (246 Kbps)
- Battery Charger (120VAC)
- Headset (ear buds)
- Cable for connecting to PC
- Install CD with Jukebox S/W
- includes 10 MP3 music files
$200 to $220