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This thanksgiving I happened to shop for a MP3 player. I got myself the Creative Zen Xtra (30GB) and a wireless Sennheiser headset. Being a music buff I am also planning to get one of these so that where ever there are people who share the same interests in music as I do we all can listen together. All they would need to do is tune in to my channel :)!!

Ok that was the hardware, now talking about the software part. I accidently forgot my software kit and other stuff except the player at my friends place (who also got the same player but is planning to get the cool noise cancelling bose headphones (I am all envious but then I can pick it up anytime from this friend of mine) Hence I downloaded the drivers which are available at the downloads site of creative and got some music transferred to my player and found it comfortable but I wanted MORE. After some good searching I found Notmad from RedChairSoftware and this tops it all. Creative should learn a bit here and there from these folks. This software put you on a high if you are as serious into music and have to get music moving in and out of your player. See the comparision for yourself.

~ Features features features, requirements which you had and wished for are provided by notmad by default.

~ Its not free but there is nothing like free lunch isit? [I am still evaluating and I think I may end up paying for it unless someone tells me of a better hopefully cheaper - read freeware that could pump in all the bells and whistles which notmad is providing]
~ I found that when you uninstall Notmad it does something which I am not sure of (I found that the driver's went for a toss and I had to reinstall the drivers after which things are back to normal).


Posted on Monday, December 13, 2004 1:16 AM Empty thoughts | Back to top

Comments on this post: My Zen Xtra and Notmad...

# re: My Zen Xtra and Notmad...
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Great shopping buddy...but seems incomplete with out a 1 GB SD Card for SP-230 ;-)
Left by Sudhakar on Dec 13, 2004 4:49 AM

# re: My Zen Xtra and Notmad...
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Yes, shall do, still hunting and shopping is no where to complete :)
Left by Teucer on Dec 13, 2004 3:22 PM

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Notmad is very deceptively marketed. Several features don't work as advertised. After you have paid you are told that the features are 'known issues'. The manufacturer does not respond to dissatisfied customers, and deceptively compare Notmad to Play Center, when they should compare it to CMS, against which Notmad falls short.

I bought it, I was burned. No updates and no support.

Check out "Mad at NotMad 8.7.9 !"
by MalGib (zdnet member) - February 11, 2006

review on C-net.
Left by Mick on Apr 19, 2006 8:50 AM

# about zen xtra
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i have for you the driver and the program for zen xtra 30 .i have too the player .nice player ,nice sound

mail me and if you have messenger i will send you the data

bye aurel valencia spain
nick on messenger is splitterstars
Left by aurel on Jun 28, 2008 1:49 AM

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need that player
Left by RJ on Dec 20, 2008 9:56 PM

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