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Creative Unveils ZEN Mozaic MP3 Player

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Creative may have once battled it out in the high-end PMP market with products like the Zen Vision W but for the moment it seems content to go after more budget orientated customers...

Consequently following the Stone, Stone Plus and last week's Krystal comes the Zen 'Mozaic' a player "with unique design... to help you share the fun", hmmmmn.

Looking rather more like a 13 year old girl's/female reality TV show contestant's mobile phone, the Mozaic's rubberised styling certainly won't win over many angst ridden teenage boys, neither will its odd decision to fit off-centre controls and leave three large blank spaces. Still, a large-ish 1.8in LCD, FM tuner, mic for voice recording and integrated speakers does mean it has a decent backbone.

On the other hand the limited codec support (MP3, WMA, WAV, Audible, Jpeg, transcoded AVI) won't win over fans still critical of Creative's decision to shun Ogg and the lossless Flac format but with 32 hours continuous music playback and a range of 2GB to 16GB capacities it does bring compensations.

Other features include an alarm, clock, calendar, PIM (Personal Information Management) tasks and contacts display and given its silent appearance on the Creative UK site expect it to launch soon. Price? It wasn't mentioned, but I'd guess cheap....

Update: Pricing is through and as expected you're in for a good deal: £49.99 for 2GB, £59.99 for 4GB, £79.99 for 8Gb and £119.99 for 16GB.

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