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Zen Mp3 Players

Mar 4, 2008
First it was Walkmans, and then came Discmans. Now we see a technological outburst of mp3 players. These players enable users to keep up to 80 gigabytes of their music on a small, handheld device. Most people have used, seen, or at least heard of Apple's iPod. What many consumers have not seen, however, are Creative's Zen mp3 players.

Zen mp3 players come in many shapes and sizes. The players in the Zen line are the Nano Plus, the players in the V series, the Vision: M, Vision W, and the original Zen. Among these players is a storage capacity range from 512 megabytes to 80 gigabytes. Another aspect of variety among the Zen mp3 players is the area on which emphasis was placed during design. While all of the players play music, this is the only task performed by the Nano Plus. The Vision: M and the players in the V series, however, are designed to play music and videos. While the Vision W and the original Zen also play music, their area of emphasis leans more toward video watching, as is made obvious by their large screens.

It is safe to say that nearly everyone has considered purchasing one of Apple's notorious iPods. Many people, however, instead end up buying a Creative Zen mp3 player. This can be attributed to several factors. First is the software. To transfer music, pictures, and videos to an iPod, one must use the iTunes software. With the Zen mp3 players, however, the user may choose between Creative's Media Explorer and Window Media Player.

Another perk of the Zen players are the ease of transferring video files to the player. Whereas with iTunes it is difficult to sync videos not from iTunes to the player, it is easy to do this with the Zen mp3 players. Zen players are also known for the vast color variety, with some players, such as the Nano Plus, available in ten colors. Many consumers also prefer to not go with the iPod simply because of its popularity. The Zen players, while they have a reputation for being sturdy, good looking, and all-around good products, are not seen nearly as often as iPods.

How much do they cost? Zen mp3 players are seen over a wide-span price range. The Vision: M and the Nano Plus are very closely related in cost to their close cousins, the original iPod and the iPod Nano, respectively. These players range from less than $50 to around $300. The video players, like the 80GB Vision W, are on the upwards side of the range, at more than $300.

Having owned a Creative Zen Vision: M for over a year, I have obtained some personal experience with the line of Zen mp3 players. Throughout my time of ownership, I have found only two negative aspects of the Zen mp3 player. These two things were (1) the album art not showing up, and (2) the software. Due to a compatibility problem with Windows Media Player 11 and Creative's Media Explorer, after about a year of using my Zen player, I realized that the album art had stopped showing up. The other issue I had was not so much with the player as with the software that came with it. I didn't like the file view of the Media Explorer, and wished that the program had an artist, album, and track title view. Fortunately, both of my issues with my Zen mp3 player were solved with a quick software update.

Creative's Zen mp3 players, due to their sleek looks, large range in prices, and vast variety in products, have become increasingly popular. Although they still sit overshadowed by Apple's iPod, the Zen players are quickly gaining ground.

Ray Sabo http://www.cellphones-mp3.com
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