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Widescreen Zen Previewed

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The same day Microsoft details its Zune Product Line, Creative decides to launch its widescreen version of the Zen player in North America. The widescreen is at a 16:9 ratio and gives the player the W in its name. The Zen Vision:W was launched in Korea two weeks ago but North America will get it now. Transfer of media can take place via USB 2.0 cable or via the W’s built-in Compact Flash memory reader.

Other than MP3 songs and JPEG images, the widescreen will be put to use primarily for videos. They are to be encoded using MPEG-4 Simple Profile (SP) at 500 Kbps throughput. This is supposed to be sufficient for a low-resolution display. The W will support multiple codecs: MPEG-1, -2, and -4 SP, along with DivX 4 and 5, XviD, as well as TiVoToGo. There is no DRM limitation in place. Creative made sure the new Zen is fully compatible with Amazon's Unbox video download service which currently provides content from Paramount, 20th Century-Fox, Universal, and Warner Bros.

The Zen Vision:W will be available in 2 sizes:
30 GB edition ($299.99 USD)
60 GB edition ($399.99 USD)

Source: http://www.creative.com/products/produc ... duct=15752

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Some of these i would wonder why they still classify them as "music players" when they can watch TV, play movies, music videos, even play games. Probably should more be a "portable multimedia system".

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i.....so.....want......one!

im accepting all donations big or small!

good to see no DRM, main thing that kinda turned me off ipods. i don't want to use itunes and if an mp3 player has a several gb hdd (like ipods do) i would like to use it for moving files aswell as music

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gravymaster64 wrote:Some of these i would wonder why they still classify them as "music players" when they can watch TV, play movies, music videos, even play games. Probably should more be a "portable multimedia system".
True but if they do sell them as music players people think It's a great value Music player because i can watch other multimedia on it.
But if you called it a portable multimedia system people may think it isn't much.

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I like the way it seems and also functionality seems pretty cool. Strange thing is Creative always comes up with something exciting like this, but in the end Apple has the much of the market. I suppose "coolness factor" means a lot for many people.

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wow looks nice, and a pretty reasonable price

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gravymaster64 wrote:Some of these i would wonder why they still classify them as "music players" when they can watch TV, play movies, music videos, even play games. Probably should more be a "portable multimedia system".
Thought they were called PMP's.

Which reminds me... I shouldn't have bought that Zen Vision:M which I got at the same price. -___-

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