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Creative Confirms Record 32GB ZEN Player

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So 32GB SSDs are going to become widely available in MP3 players before they are in laptops...!

Yes, that is the slightly tongue-in-cheek consequence of Creative's groundbreaking announcement that its swanky ZEN will be the first flash memory based MP3 player on the market with a massive 32GB capacity. In truth, this move has been rumoured online for sometime but it is only now that Creative has official-ed up the news.

We've been here before with HDDs, but for the cheap seats this sort of storage will enable around 8,000 tracks (based on 128kbps encoding) to be stored or a whopping 110 hours of video (WMV9 encoded at 500Kbps). Simply stunning for a solid state device.

Just like previous ZEN's the 32GBer will also retain its wide range of format support including WMV9, MPEG4, DivX, XviD, MP3, WMA, Audible and non-protected AAC along with its stunning 2.5in, 16.7m colour LCD and petite 55 x 83mm x 12mm dimensions. Battery life is unchanged too managing 30 hours continuous playback for music and five hours for video.

Funnily enough, despite its monstrous capacity, the 32GB ZEN will retain its SD expansion slot meaning another 16GB could potentially be added totalling a monstrous 48GB in total.

So when can you get your hands on this solid state record breaker? If you live in Singapore (chances are pretty low, but shout out to you) then mid December, though the rest of us are likely to miss Santa Season and see a global Q1 2008 release. As for pricing, it's quite high though nowhere near as much as could've been expected coming in at S$549 (£184) - less than half the cost of a 32GB laptop SSD.

Expect the likes of SanDisk and Apple to counter this soon enough, but until then hats well and truly off to Creative for really raising the bar here...

PS There's an entry level 2GB ZEN on its way too, pricing as yet unknown. Nearly forgot that one in all the excitement.

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