By Andrew Liszewski
Creative has just released a new compact MP3 player that looks like it has everything anyone could need – about 5 years ago. While Apple’s latest generation Nano scores novelty points with its touchscreen display, Creative’s ZEN M300 has features that are actually far more useful. It’s a simple plug and play affair, so all you need to do is connect it to your PC via USB to copy music files over. (MP3, WMA, Audible Format 4 and AAX are all supported.) And while the largest version comes with 16GB of storage, that can be further boosted by up to 32GB thanks to a microSD card slot on the side.
There’s also a built-in FM radio which is always nice to have, a microphone allowing you to use it as a voice recorder and most importantly, Bluetooth support. Which of course allows you to use the ZEN M300 with wireless headphones, or the growing selection of wireless BT speakers which are all the rage now. It’s even priced very competitively, with the smallest 4GB model being your best bet at $49 since microSD cards run about $10 for 8GB these days.