I already reported about this yesterday but today Creative announced this player worldwide and there are a few differences. Yesterday I said it's available in white, green and black but in some markets like the U.S. it's also available in blue and pink. And there's also more information about the price, in the U.S. this player will retail for $329.99. Here's the full press release from Creative:
Creative today introduced the Zen Vision:M, Creative's premier 30GB video player, photo viewer and MP3 player. Designed with a stunning, 2.5-inch, high-resolution 262,144 color LCD screen, the Zen Vision:M displays rich, vibrant digital video, and photos, full-color menus and album art. The Zen Vision:M will be available in gorgeous high-gloss black, white, blue, green or pink this month for US$329.99 at www.asia.creative.com.
"When people see the Zen Vision:M, they tell us it's incredibly cool," said Sim Wong Hoo, chairman and CEO of Creative. "We designed the Zen Vision:M with its mesmerizing 262,144 color screen to display four times the color of the 30GB iPod that plays video, and to provide twice the battery life for video playback. Plus, we offer people the freedom to choose their video in a variety of different formats, and to get subscription music or download tracks from a number of different sites to their player."
"The Zen Vision:M's capability to hold such a large number of songs makes it a great device to use in conjunction with Yahoo! Music Unlimited, where music lovers can access more than a million songs," said Dave Goldberg, General Manager of Yahoo! Music. "We are pleased that all of the Creative Zen hard-drive based players, such as the Zen Vision, the Zen Sleek Photo, Zen MicroPhoto and the new Zen Vision:M are well suited to work with and support the Yahoo! Music Unlimited subscription service."
The Zen Vision:M carries up to 15,000 songs, and supports music subscription services including Yahoo! Music Unlimited, Napster To Go and Rhapsody To Go. The Zen Vision:M also supports downloads from online music stores like Yahoo! Music, Napster, MSN Music and AOL Music Now. The rechargeable battery provides up to 14 hours of music playback.
The Zen Vision:M delivers four hours of video playback and provides extensive video format support, including MPEG-2, MPEG-4 Simple Profile formats such as Xvid, WMV, and MJPEG for enjoyment of up to 120 hours of movies downloaded from the Internet. The Zen Vision:M also supports TiVoToGo for free viewing of TV shows recorded on a TiVo personal video recorder, digitized home movies transferred from the PC, and video blogs from companies such as RocketBoom.
With capacity for tens of thousands of photos, the Zen Vision:M displays stunning full-color image output on any size TV screen through an optional composite video-out connector. Users can watch slideshows set to music and select individual digital photos as display backgrounders.
The Zen Vision:M sets itself apart from the crowd with a host of rich features, including:
FM radio and recording - with 32 preset options
Intuitive Vertical Touch Pad and Tactile Buttons on the face of the player
- including the new "My Shortcut" Button for quick access to
favorite DJ functions
Content password protection - Protects any content stored on the player
Built-in Microphone - shows volume levels on screen for optimum voice
Selectable themes, including Marine Blue, Sable Black, Ice Blue, Forest
Green, Candy Pink and Pearl White to match the color scheme of the player
menus to any mood
Organizer - Provides calendar, tasks and contact lists, and syncs with
Extras - Enables setting of Date & Time, plus allocation of Removable
Disk space for dedicated storage
A clock with wake-to-any-music alarm, color themes and different languages
for further customization
A bundled AC adapter, valued at US$29.99
Pricing and Availability
The new Creative Zen Vision:M will be available this month for US$329.99. It comes with an AC adapter, USB 2.0 cable, high-quality earphones, and a protective pouch. Optional accessories, including a docking station and an AV-out cable, will be available for purchase separately.