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Creative Zen Micro - It can hold 1000+ Songs

The Zen Micro is a full-featured MP3 player with a host of functions. It has been thoughtfully designed for comfort as well as for usability -- the easy-to-read display gives you lots of information makes it easy to navigate and find songs.

It is inevitable that the Creative Zen Micro be compared with Apple's iPod. They are similar in shape and storage capacities, and have similar navigation systems. But whereas the iPod ties you into Apple's music service (iTunes), the Zen Micro can be used with a wider variety of online music stores including MSN and Musicmatch.

In addition, the Zen Micro has FM radio, voice recording as well as standard MP3 player features such as equalization and an easy-to-use removable data device for your PC.

The sound specs on this MP3 player are superb. The signal to noise ratio is 98 dB across the full audio spectrum. There are eight preset equalizer settings and songs can be set to repeat, resume, or play randomly.

Supported audio formats include MP3, WMA, and WAV. Songs can be recorded in various bit rates for extra storage capacity. For example, the 5 GB model can hold 1,250 songs (83 hours) at 128 kbps or 2,500 songs (166 hours) at lower-fidelity 64 kbps (MP3/WMA. So it is placed in the 1000 songs+ category

The Creative Zen Micro is available in three sizes -- 4 GB, 5 GB, or 6 GB. It also comes in a choice of 10 colors for matching any personality. The screen is attractive and functional -- the backlit LCD gives you access to all the settings and allows you to easily navigate through the hard drive to find whatever songs you are looking for.

The FM radio has 32 station presets and the built-in FM radio recorder allows you to record your favorite shows for later listening. You can record up to 10 hours of voice with the built-in microphone -- perfect for students wishing to record lectures or businesspeople who want to record meetings.

The Zen Micro is powered with a lithium-ion rechargeable battery which can be replaced so that you always have music on the go. The battery is powerful enough to provide 12 hours of continuous music playback.

There are not very many drawbacks to the Creative Zen Micro. There are a few glitches in the operating system which are fixed by downloading the latest firmware from the Creative web site. Another negative is the sensitivity of the navigation buttons. Even when the sensitivity is set to low, it is easy to accidentally navigate to the next song or pause the track. This can be overcome by setting the player on "hold".

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