= Creative Zen 4 GB Portable Media Player (Black) =
= About this item =
- Product Type - MP3 Player
- Connectivity - USB 2.0
- Memory - 4GB
- Dimensions WxDxH - 3.26" x 2.16" x 0.44"
- Clock and alarm function
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== Product Description ==
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This credit card-sized ZEN has a stunning 2.5" color screen and is perfect for music, videos and photos. Enjoy up to 4,000 MP31, WMA or AAC songs, watch up to 60 hours2 of videos and share hundreds of photos with your friends. Even expand your portable music, video or photo collection by adding additional content through the convenient SD memory slot

.caption { font-family: Verdana, Helvetica neue, Arial, serif; font-size: 10px; font-weight: bold; font-style: italic; } ul.indent { list-style: inside disc; text-indent: 20px; } Bring your media with you wherever you roam with the Creative Zen 4GB player. Watch 16 hours of videos, enjoy up to 1,000 of your favorite songs or share hundreds of photos with your friends. And do it all on a device that's about the width of a credit card

A razor sharp 2.5-inch display makes your photos and videos come to life. See the Zen in detail

Small size. Big features. All in the palm of your hand. View larger

Add even more storage capacity via the SD card slot. View larger. Design
The Zen sports a 2.5-inch TFT color display with 320 x 240-pixel resolution and support for up to 16.7 million colors. This razor sharp display is packaged in a device that weighs just 2.1 ounces and measures 3.26 x 2.16 x .44 inches (W x H x D). The internal battery powers the Zen for up to 25 hours of continuous audio playback and up to five hours of continuous video playback. Use the Zen's SD slot to expand your portable media library with music, photos and videos stored on your SD card. There's also a handy built-in microphone for capturing notes on the go


Load up up your favorite songs, as well as your album art, and get going with the Zen. The device supports iTunes Plus tracks from the iTunes store and MP3 and WMA tracks. Subscription and pay-per-download music services are supported, as well. Discover, save, and play millions of songs when subscribing to services such as Yahoo Music Unlimited and Napster To Go. You can even tune into your favorite stations with the Zen's FM radio. The radio allows you to save up to 34 presets

The Zen has you covered when it comes to video, too. The device supports MJPEG, WMV9 and--with transcoding--MPEG1 and 2, MPEG4-SP, DivX 4 and 5, and XviD. Enjoy purchased movies and TV shows from online services, such as Amazon Unbox and Walmart.com. Watch home videos. Even load your Tivo To Go movies and TV shows onto your Zen

Additional features include a clock and alarm function, volume restriction, eight equalizer settings, and a USB hard drive mode, which allows you to drag and drop files directly to and from your Zen. The Zen can also function as a handy organizer, allowing you to synchronize with Microsoft Outlook and display your contacts, calendar, and tasks

What's in the Box
Zen player, earphones, USB 2.0 cable, installation CD, and quick start guide

A slick user interface makes it a snap to enjoy your media

== Customer reviews ==

*Zen 16gb mp3 player.*Zen 16gb mp3 player

Reviewed in the United States on January 3, 2019
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Unfortunately it didn't exist. iRiver got known for making its Clix series and was focusing on much smaller MP3 players that were between 2 and 4 GB. My old one was 20 GB. I listen to trance music more than anything else and I honestly have at least 10 GB of trance music alone that I want to be on my player, so a bigger capacity is a must. I also took a lot of good videos/pictures when I was on my cruise ship (in Hawaii) and wanted a device that I could use to share those with friends. For listening on my own, I use Shure E3C headphones (which are absolutely amazing by the way)

My first choice was to get the Archos 605 WiFi player that just came out. I figured it would solve all my problems. I don't need to go into too much detail about what it promises but the device looked really neat. I own a lot of DIVX movies and also thought I could just put them on the player (sized at 40 GB) and would be able to watch them whenever I wanted. The battery life was rated at 13 hours for music and 5 hours for video. The problem with the Archos is that it comes as a barebones sytem. Everything extra you want it to do costs more, including watching your own movies

I was under the impression that I could take videos on my digital camera and transfer them to my Archos media player and watch them like they were on my pc. NOPE. Ok so I have to convert them with the included software. NOPE. Nothing's included. I downloaded a sample program that converted files into any format you wanted but because it was a sample, there would be a watermark that would flash on and off the screen for the duration of your video that would only go away after you use the real program. Couple this kind of program in with the already $300 you spent on the unit and you're on your way to making it a not-so-user-friendly machine. Plus, when I took it to the office my first day of using it the battery barely lasted 8 hours playing music and showing minimal video. It had some nice features and had some nice add-ons available, but overall was not worth it for me. So I took that back to the store and was in the market for something new. I started looking into the newest MP3 players. That's when I saw the Creative Zen

They had the 8 GB version of the Zen at Circuit City (where I bought the Archos), but they did not have the 16 GB version that I would want. You can read the editor's review to find out all the actual specs, I'll just list what I like and don't like about it

When I first picked it up I was amazed at how light-weight it was. Another reviewer talks about how it feels like a pack of gum. Well, he's right. But that's actually a good thing. It's VERY light-weight but also has a great battery life, seems really durable, and looks slick in its all black paint. If you're working out with it in your pocket you may actually forget it's there. If it accidentally falls out of your pocket it wont even rip the headphones out of your ear because it's too light. So I think the weight is a good thing

The included software makes it easy to put media on the device and it only takes about an hour or so to fully charge the battery. Both pluses there. At first I was disappointed that the battery life wasn't lasting as long as it said it would, which was around 20 hours or so. I realized the screen would be dim, but still on when the music was playing and couldn't figure out how to turn it off to save battery power. Turns out the only way (that I can figure out) is to lock the unit while it's on and that makes the screen black out but you can't even change the volume while it's locked

Onscreen controls are real easy to figure out from the get-go and pretty self-explanatory. It also took me a while to figure out how to get to the list of songs that were actually playing, instead of just the song that was playing. To do that, you need to keep hitting the "enter" button when a song is playing. First time hitting the "enter" button lets you rank the song, second time shows the album cover, third time shows all the songs in the list you are currently playing so you can pick another song without trying to find it on a random shuffle

As far as the videos and pics are concerned, this little screen looks a whole lot better than I thought it would. Yeah, it's small but to have all the other capabilities this device has, it's more than enough. Oh, and with the video, it also doesn't play your DIVX movies or digital camera movies right out of the box. However, this handy little thing comes with FREE SOFTWARE that will convert it for you. Any file, any size, converts for free. Oh what a relief it is!

Sound quality is phenomenal and it comes with some preset equalizer settings which I also enjoy since I do have a large variety of music playing on the player. Oh, and the Archos DID NOT have any preset equalizer settings. I don't listen to the radio or use it for voice messages so I can't give any feedback for those yet

It doesn't go without its faults though. There are only a few gripes I have about it. The main one is the need to put it in "lock" mode to save the battery power since you have no access to anything while it's in that mode. Another gripe is the power cord that comes with it. For starters, the cord is about 4 inches long and the device can only be charged through a USB port. So to charge it out of a wall you'd need to buy some kind of converter. Charging is quick though, but that cord is so tiny. Also, while the device is charging I can't figure out how to still be playing music. That's about all the negatives I have about it. I'm very happy with my purchase and would recommend this unit to anyone. I paid $250 for it and it's worth every penny. Overall, I'd give it a 9.7 out of 10. Hope this helps some of you

The Cowon D2 was a sure winner at first, but what sold me about the Zen was the ability to read m3u's and make playlists. Navigating 16 gigs of music will be nearly impossible without this. In addition superior bookmarking capabilities and the ability to navigate 2-hour long audiobooks sold me on the Zen. It was hard to turn down Cowon's OGG-FLAC-APE capabilities, it's WMA voice recording, and it's TV-out port. They both have amazing sound quality

The Sansa View had the advantage of durability, integration of SD mini card files into regular interface, and great customer service from Sandisk. I had an e280 before and the interface, which is virtually the same, is very basic; only allowing you to choose by Album, Artist, Genre and so on. The sound was good, not "amazing," and I could USUALLY here audiobooks over subway noise. Reviews say video watching. No bookmarking for audiobooks--they told me 5 years ago they were working on this! Boooooooooo, Sandisk

Here is a rundown of the pros and cons. Hope they're helpful:
Creative Zen
*price for 16gb version 32Gb EXCITING but expensive

*Playlist support
*Large touch-like screen (no touch)
*Blind control with buttons
*Audible compatible
*Organizer w/ Outlook sync
*Interface clean and easy
*25 hours audio battery time
*Can use as USB drive - with software
*First generation -- Just not together yet -- Lots of hangs and resets -- must be a power user or geek -- get the extra Warranty

*SD card files not integrated into menus - not a problem with 32gb version. Also can simply store only video on SD card

*No TV Out
*records in wav format - 0.7Gb/Hour - 1.4Gb/2-hour class - will need space in main memory for this
*No power adapter included - $30--or see Motorola notes below
*No radio recording
*Radio won't play while navigating other menus
*No folder navigation on player
*No renaming or tagging files in player - forget sorting through your unlistened downloads with this player

*No adding Contacts or Calendar items with player
*No text file note reading or note taking

Cowon D2
*60 hours audio battery life!!
*TV out for patching TV's, computers, PVR's and playing video

*Touch Screen
*Cowon takes firmware suggestions through forum and updates often!!
*has dictionary - need to download
*Can read Ebooks
*APE, OGG, FLAC, and now Audible formats *No AAC
*Speed control, Pan, and BBE audio features
*Can use as USB drive
*Reads text files
*No Playlist syncing or making or auto-playlists - just one NOW PLAYING list that is saved

*Fingerprints smudge it
*only comes in black -- can order sticker type skin from Cowon
*Very few other cases or accessories
*Basic Bookmarking -- only 2
*Interface - People gripe about steps to get to mp3 playing
*D2 Too small for good touch screen function?
*D2 can't turn off album art and title text too small??
*jpg view slow?
*stylus does not attach to player
*Can't read files from SD card and player at same time? But features work

*Some problems with JetAudio software?
*Delicate compared to Sandisk or others
*Blind control virtually impossible - no hardware buttons
*Navigating through lists may be tedious
*Screen not visible in bright sun?
*No AAC support (m4a)
Sandisk Sansa View
*Reliable and Sturdy
*SD mini slot
*35 Hours audio battery life
*Voice Recording (wav only)
*Good customer service
*16GB - 32gb available in March
*Low $$ 168.99 16gb
*Playlist compatible w/ WMP - no building more than 1 on unit but can add songs to current one playing
*SD mini Files integrated well
*Great as USB drive
*Bad player for Video--too small, conversion terrible

*Prehistoric interface - but nice and simple
*only SD mini slot - Pricey
*Wav voice recording
*No Bookmarking - can bookmark video though, for God's sake!
*Connection to computer is proprietary (non standard USB)
*Sound was good-not great on e280; not loud enough for subway sometimes

Question: I haven't tried bookmarking from the SD card yet. Someone PLEASE tell me it works??
Finally, I had a nice surprise when my Zen arrived: it is compatible with my Motorola cell phone AC power adapter! I have the Razr V3m but I think all Motorola's use the same. It is 5.0v and I looked around on the Web to make sure the Zen takes 5.0v as well. Indeed they do. Try this Superior C. Car / Wall Charger for Motorola KRZR Q RAZR SLVR

Bonus: the USB mini cord that comes with the Zen is compatible with the cell phone too! I found shareware syncing software for my phone hereand now I can sync contacts and calendars with Outlook for both my cell phone and my Zen. Ha Ha! (Also see Motorola's Website.)
I love mine so much I have named her Izzy. Her black shiny finish matches perfectly with my new HP Pavillion Notebook, which I named Isabella. (Bella means beautiful in Italian.)
UPDATE: Most mini USB AC adapters and cables (make sure it's mini) should work. I have seen a review or two of some generics that don't though. The Motorola adapters work great

**Also, MediaMonkey is the best syncing software for ANY player. The tagging features are simply awesome, and it saves the Zen's customizations and settings for when you need to reset and format. Oh me, oh my!
 Top reviews from other countries 
*best player for audio books*best player for audio books *Excellent*Excellent *Love it!*Love it!