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New Creative MP3 player targets video iPod

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 07 Dec 2005 10:37 User comments (12)

New Creative MP3 player targets video iPod Creative Technologies is soon going to launch its alternative to Apple's latest iPod player, which has video playback capabilities. The new player, the Vision:M, is not going to be announced until tomorrow but the Japanese division of the company gave details away already, The Register reports. The new player has music, video and photo capabilities with its 2.5in, 262,144-colour, 320 x 240 LCD screen. The player measures 10.4 x 6.2 x 1.9cm and weighs about 166g.
It includes a 30GB Hard Disk Drive and a rechargeable battery that can play video for 4 hours (compared to Apple's 2 hours) and music for 14 hours according to the company. It's audio support includes the MP3 format (of course), Windows Media Audio (WMA) and WAV audio. Windows Media DRM-protected tracks are also supported. The Vision:M will play MPEG 1, 2 and 4, WMV 9, Motion JPEG, DivX 4 and 5, and XviD video files.

Creative has also equipped the player with a connector, hoping to encourage the creating of accessories for the player like those you can find for iPods. The Vision:M will go on sale in Japan in mid-December and will cost 39,800 ($329). It will come in either black white or green.

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12 user comments

17.12.2005 10:54

this is actually some good stuff, but the price i think it's the only setback, another setback might be the battery life of the video playback although it's 100% better than ipod but i still think that 4hr is nothing.

27.12.2005 12:25

I'll probably get this instead of the Zen Vision, I only wish it came with an optional 60GB HDD.

37.12.2005 13:16

Creative all the way. I have a Zen Touch. Admittedly it is quite big but it has 24 hour battery life, better sound quality than an ipod and has a reset button (unheard of on the ipod when this mo3 player was released). think i might wait until some players come out with better battery life

47.12.2005 13:33

lol, it seems all the ipod haters and creaive lovers (like myself) are always the first to post, hey, so what if we dont want to be like everyone else, and spend less money doing so....

57.12.2005 16:15

IPODS are overrrated. Creative and other brands make equal and better products for less. And they dont make a big deal out of them being colorful.... lol

67.12.2005 19:03

Damn right we post first! Creative all the way! The thing I like about this the most is the playback for DivX/XviD videos. Plus I kinda like that shade of green. :) But yeah, only hope they go down in price, get a slightly bigger HDD, longer battery life, and do it all sounding way better than iPod.

78.12.2005 5:41
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i would agree creative mp3 players sound much better then the ipods...since i am a ipod owner, i have to say the ipod video is cool but battery wise, it SUCKS.....


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88.12.2005 14:11

Everyone that comes into work askign for an iPod, I always show them the Creative Zens that we have, and thankfully 2 out of 8 people do end up buying the Zen. Lately a big thing has been the Zen Micro 6GB, it goes about the same price as the 2GB iPod Nano, and since we usually sell out of Nanos, everyone that comes in I show them the Micro and most buy it. I think it's good Creative is coming out with something like that ^^^. Should be interesting.

99.12.2005 10:11
m_towell
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It's funny, in a way, that Creative and Apple are only just bringing out portable video players. I've had mine for two (or three, can't remember) years now. It's made by Archos, 20GB HD, plays mp3, AVI, jpg, simple pps presentations. The latest version of it can even play games of it. Just seems Apple and Creative are a little behind the times...

109.12.2005 17:20
sixpackat
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Thats Right creative rocks they have the best sond and bat. life I glad I made the right choice it supports the most video formats but It would even be better if it would suport Mpg4's by the way does any body have a converter for Mpeg4 to any of these formats Asf,Dvr-ms,AVI,mpeg1,mpeg2,mpe,m1v,mpg,mp2,wav,au,or snd I would like the best format thats possable that I can use my Windows media player 10 to convert to my player ,Thanks (Sixpackattack1)

119.12.2005 17:20
sixpackat
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Thats Right creative rocks they have the best sond and bat. life I glad I made the right choice it supports the most video formats but It would even be better if it would suport Mpg4's by the way does any body have a converter for Mpeg4 to any of these formats Asf,Dvr-ms,AVI,mpeg1,mpeg2,mpe,m1v,mpg,mp2,wav,au,or snd I would like the best format thats possable that I can use my Windows media player 10 to convert to my player ,Thanks (Sixpackattack1)

129.12.2005 21:57

If only more people would stop trying to 'fit in' and shop smart, I swear we would have better shoppers later on in life and Apple wouldn't be as 'out there' as it is.

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