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Zen 
30th-Dec-2007 05:37 pm
The Creative Zen 16 MB player was on sale at Amazon for about 25 dollars more than the 8 MB player, so I bought it. Now we'll see if it gets here in time to go to GAFilk with me. :)

Thanks for all the advice!
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31st-Dec-2007 02:27 am (UTC)
That's pretty slick. I have a 30G Zen vision:M which I paid about the same for, but honestly I'd probably trade it even up for that one. The Vision:M is fairly big, about the size of a normal (hard drive) Apple iPod.
At pretty much every stage of the game, I've always thought Creative's current players are a little nicer than the current iPods, or at least were in the same range and a lot cheaper. I can't say the current Zen is a lot nicer than a Touch, but there's no way in heck I'd pay that kind of money for a player. The Zen at $200 is a fine deal though, especially with the SD slot; 8GB cards are cheap these days.

I use my Zen's FM radio quite a lot (almost all weekend and quite often on commutes) and I record from FM a fair amount (like if I have to do something else when Car Talk is on, etc). I've also used the microphone recorder a bit; it's not great quality but it's acceptable. I've got some campfire sings from berzerker stored on my player. None of the iPods has any of that stuff built in.

Also the couple of times I've tested it, the sound quality on the Zen beats the current iPods (last time I tested it was about 18 months ago).
31st-Dec-2007 05:33 am (UTC)
The only problem with the new Zen's SD slot is that the software doesn't do all the things with the music stored there that it's willing to do with the music stored internally. A lot of Zen buyers seem to have complained bitterly about this...
31st-Dec-2007 01:05 pm (UTC)
That's too bad. I wouldn't give up hope; Creative often adds (and sometimes subtracts :( ) features with firmware updates.
It probably depends on whether there's an underlying reason for the features not being there. I think they took away FM recording on some models at one time when the RIAA was beating a drum about going after people recording songs from the radio and companies that built stuff to facilitate it, but they put the feature back in the next release after the RIAA flailed in a different direction.

IMHO the player's well worth the $200 without the SD slot, so I guess I wouldn't personally complain too loudly.
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