However, you are given the option to rip constant and variable bit rate MP3 or WMA with or without DRM. You can also force it to use a specific language when naming the tracks, but this doesn’t really apply to anyone using a standard alphabet. For those with plenty of music already, the play list creation utility might be of more interest as it allows you to create a play list on the PC, but using the music on the Zen Micro, which makes it very easy to create properly named play lists.
Finally there is a file transfer option that allows you to copy files to the same partition that the music is stored on. You might wonder why I said partition, it’s because you can use the Zen Micro as a removable hard drive, by adding a second partition to it which is done under the extra settings on the Zen Micro. This allows you to dedicate up to 2GB of space for file storage, although you can’t play music stored on this partition.
This means that you get two devices in one, an MP3 player and a removable hard drive, not a bad deal at all. But there are still a few things left that are worth mentioning. In the extras menu you will find a time and date setting – as the name suggests, this displays the time and date, but it also has a built in alarm, but since there is no built in speaker, you can’t really use it as an alarm clock.
Under the extras menu is also where you will find the organizer, which is a fancy name for your synchronised contacts, tasks and calendar. It’s a handy extra since unless your mobile phone syncs addresses, you get them on the Zen Micro and there is also a handy calendar which will show any appointments you have synced with Outlook.
Amazingly the Zen Micro supports 15 different languages, including the main European ones as well as Chinese, Japanese and Korean to mention a few. There is also a custom equalizer with a range of presets that can all be accessed under the player settings menu. This is also where you can adjust the backlight, the contrast of the display and the touchpad sensitivity as well as switching the touchpad’s click noise on and off.
One feature that I have yet to see on another MP3 player is the customisable menu, which means that you can add and remove options in the main menu – quite handy if there are features you use more often that others. There is also a range of play modes available, along with a setting that Creative calls DJ, which allows you to play the album of the day, random tracks, the most popular tracks or the least played tracks.
The pull down menu allows you to do several things when a track is playing, such as move to a certain point of the track, set a bookmark at a specific point if you want to be able to start from there instantly, get the ID3 info up on screen, find other tracks by the same artist and even remove the track or save it to a play list.