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Oops! After all that hype about a December 8 unveiling, looks like Creative's big product launch was undermined by Japan, where the Zen Vision:M was unearthed a day before its London debut. The product, which is a bit of a mouthful, if you please, is indeed green and white (though it also comes in black and white as well as all-white), has a 30GB hard drive, a 320x240 pixel, 2.5-inch screen with and plays MP3 and WMA-DRM audio files. But, as you may have guessed, it also plays 4 hours of video (or image playback) in MPEG-1/2/4, WMV, Motion JPEG, DivX 4/5 and Xvid formats. Sure, it's a shot at the Video iPod—but it's twice as thick—however, unlike Apple's offering it's got an FM tuner and voice recorder tucked in for good luck. Not a bad little product if you ask me, though maybe the interface does look a little familiar....

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News of Creative ZEN VISION:M 30GB [Creative]


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