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  • 12 hours continuous playtime using the supplied rechargeable lithium-ion battery; extend your listening using multiple batteries (sold separately)
  • Includes high fidelity earphones and USB 2.0 cable
  • Micro-sized 6 GB digital-music player holds 3000 songs at 64 Kbps WMA or 1500 songs at 128 Kbps MP3
  • Vertical touch pad simplifies navigation; body is curved to fit your hand
  • FM radio with 32 station presets for listening and recording; 10-hour voice recording through built-in microphone
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Product Information

Color: black
Technical Details
Brand NameCreative
Item Weight1 pounds
Product Dimensions9.3 x 6.3 x 3.5 inches
Item model numberZMIC6BK
Power Source TypeAC & Battery
Number of Items1
Technical Specification
Additional Information
Shipping Weight1 pounds
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableJuly 7, 2004

Technical Details

Color: black
  • Brand Name: Creative
  • Model: ZMIC6BK
  • Digital Storage Capacity: 6 GB
  • Supported Standards: MP3, WMA, Other Audio Formats, WAV
  • Hardware Platform: PC
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Product Description

Color: black

The Zen Micro digital music player from Creative Labs packs an incredible 6 GB of storage capacity into a shell small enough to sit comfortably in your jeans pocket. It also rides nicely in your hand, with a palm-fitting profile and thumb-friendly front-panel controls. It's a bit shorter than an Apple iPod Mini, yet its rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides 12 hours of continuous playback--50 percent more than iPod Mini's. The Zen Micro is compatible not merely with MP3s and WAV files, but with WMA as well. Toss in USB 2.0 connectivity and you're looking at one spiffy portable music player.

But playing isn't all the Zen Micro does. You can use it to receive FM radio (with 32 station presets to keep your favorites at the ready), and to record, either from the radio or from live sources such as voice dictation or lectures using the built-in condenser microphone.

Trimmed in a luminescent blue glow and with easily visible backlit buttons, this stylish orange player holds up to 1,500 songs (99 hours) at 128 kbps or 3,000 songs (198 hours) at lower-fidelity 64 kbps (MP3/WMA)--that's a solid week's worth of music listening, never playing the same song twice. Compatibility with Microsoft's WMA compressed-audio format grants access to over 2 million downloadable songs offered promotionally or for sale online.

Perhaps the Zen Micro's coolest attribute is its DJ feature, which will shuffle not only all the songs you've loaded or all the songs on a given album, but also, at your discretion, only the tracks you listen to most or the ones you rarely hear, taking the work out of selecting your favorites or hunting out all the music you're still getting to know.

For navigation, the device features a vertical, linear touchpad designed to make searching through songs or playlists easy, quick, and fun. The unit's blue, 160 x 104-pixel, electroluminescent LCD shows key functions and song details at a glance, and you can even customize the main menu to keep right at your fingertips the features that matter most to you.

Another of the Zen Micro's handy features is its personal organizer. You'll never forget an important anniversary with the onboard calendar, and it also includes a to-do list and a contacts list, all of which sync seamlessly with Microsoft Outlook (Outlook thus required for use of these features). Further, the device offers a sleep timer and alarm so you can drift off to sleep to the strains of one playlist and wake to a completely different one.

The Zen Micro's removable battery is easy to swap with another fully charged battery (additional batteries sold separately), extending your listening by a half-day per swap.

Zen Micro's rechargeable battery is easy to replace.

Zen Micro's Removable Disk mode lets you connect your player to the computer and directly copy the files you need.

Vertical touch pad
No more going round in circles to find the song you want, we all know that the quickest distance between two points is a straight line. Zen Micro's vertical touch pad and touch sensitive controls are designed to be intuitive so that searching through songs or playlists is easy, quick and fun - try taking a cruise down this strip.

Removable Disk
Store and transfer not only your favorite tunes, but important data files as well. Zen Micro's Removable Disk mode lets you connect your player to the computer and directly copy the files you need.

Highest audio quality of any MP3 player
Zen MP3 players are renowned for their superior audio quality, and the Zen Micro is no exception. With an outstanding industry leading 98dB signal to noise ratio, you can achieve audio bliss with clarity as good as expensive hi-fi systems. That coupled with high fidelity earphones with dynamic bass response, the Zen Micro not only sets a new standard for sheer style, but for unmatched audio perfection.

What's in the Box
The Zen Micro player, stereo earbud headphones, a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, a USB 2.0 cable, an installation CD, a quick- start guide, and Creative MediaSource software.

Product Description

The Zen Micro 6GB MP3 Player is one of the most imaginative and eye-catching MP3 players to date. This micro-sized player carries 6GB worth of your favorite music, in a tiny, gorgeous design that sets you apart from the crowd. It's designed to look good and feel good - whether it's in your hand or on your belt. But it's got features to match its looks. Shuffle to a different tune with more advanced shuffle features - repeat tracks, shuffle through all your music or just pick the tracks you rarely hear. Its rechargeable lithium-ion battery gives you extended play. Handy personal organizing tools The outstanding audio quality sets a new standard -- one that combines with the incredible size and sleek design gives you audio bliss. Highest audio clarity at 98dB SNR Built-in mic for up to 10 hrs voice recording Also functions as external hard drive for backing up computer files Backlit LCD displays track info Up to 12 hours playback on a single charge USB 2.0 interface (cables incl) Comes with high-fidelity, dynamic bass response earphones Dimensions(HxWxD) - 3.3 x 2 x 0.7 Weight - 3.8 oz. with removable battery

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

A charge overnight is supposed to give you 12 hours of battery life.
Amazon Customer
I absolutely love this mp3 player and when this one gets obsolete (it will) I'm going to buy another mp3 player from Creative.
I can no longer use the Creative computer software to upload music because it doesn't recognize my player.
C. Beck

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

300 of 309 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Leslie Brown on April 18, 2005
Color Name: black
NOTE: this review is for the 5gb player. I wrote this lengthy review for that model, and it didn't show up and I can't re-submit it now. DARN thing! All the specs should be the same though.

I've been behind the times using the same portable CD player for the last 6 or 7 years... so this was really a BIG step up for me. Hopefully this review will be helpful if you have never owned an mp3 player before....

I have no idea how this compares to the ipod, but here is a list of the lesser known features of the zen micro:


+++ It tells you the number of tracks, albums & playlists uploaded. Total Mb & Mb remaining.

+++ FM radio.

+++ Removable battery & micro hard disc.

+++ If you're halfway through a song (or paused) & you shut it down (or it shuts down after being inactive for a while, IT RESUMES WHERE IT LEFT OFF in the middle of a song when your turn it back on again!! :-)

+++ You can change the idle shutdown time, backlight time, contrast, touchpad sensitivity, language (there are 15 languages installed!!)

+++ sleep timer

+++ You can personalise (configure) menus, much like with mobile phones.

+++ PLAY MODES: normal, repeat track, repeat all, shuffle, shuffle repeat & track once.

+++ You can find songs by albums, artists, genre, playlist

+++ DJ menu: album of the day, random play all, most popular & rarely heard tracks.

+++ There are 10 bookmarks, which I have absolutely no idea how to use, but it must be put onto this list anyway. ;-)

+++ 12/24hr time, alarm, calendar, date (several date formats and you can even choose between the following separators: space, dot, dash, slash)

+++ Variable microphone sensitivity.
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237 of 244 people found the following review helpful By PrinterPal on May 11, 2005
Color Name: black Verified Purchase
I've been using the Zen Micro 6GB for about 3 weeks now. I spent some time before the purchase with a ZM and an equivalent iPOD. I chose the ZM for a number of reasons. Both are fine players, but here is what sent me to the ZM.


ZM is sturdy, with an easy to read screen. Similar case volume to IP but thicker and shorter so feels more compact. I can nearly hide ZM inside my fist. (I have big hands). Case is very smooth. Replaceable battery is a huge advantage over IP. But, design is not as MOMA artsy as IP.

Battery Life

The first few charge/discharge cycles with the ZM were short, about 4-6 hours. But after that I started getting 10 hours at full volume, 12 at normal human volumes. Seems the battery likes to be conditioned a little. Do a couple of full charge and then fully discharge before recharging cycles.

Audio Quality

Playing compressed music on audiophile systems is a waste. So I used Sennhesier PX100s (which I think sound much better than the Senn PX200's - but that's another review), OEM Toyota Car Audio and Tivoli Model One Radio. Although I restricted the ZM to only 128kbps WMA, to my ears, the ZM was noticeably better, with greater presence, better dynamic range and more accurate transients. This was true whether direct link via miniplug, cassette adaptor (SONY adaptor -lower noise) or FM broadcast (Belkin Tunecast II - lower noise better signal more options). Some of the quality difference may have been the different encoding schemes used by IP and ZM rather than the players themselves.


Virtually identical. I have nearly 50 hours of 128kbps WMA music and the ZM is only half full.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Jill on January 6, 2006
Color Name: black
I opened up my zen micro and I thought it was AMAZING. It is small, light weight, cool touchpad, and I thought it was perfect. I had read the reviews about how after a few months of use the headphone jack would kind of give out, and you would only be able to hear one frequency. I thought that I would be careful enough, and this problem wouldn't happen to mine. WRONG. I was so careful with my player. I had it in a case, I carried it carefully, I didn't put in my pockets, I never dropped it, etc. 5 months after having it, the headphone jack went bad, and now I have to jiggle it to find the perfect position so that I can hear. Its not the headphones, I replaced those and still had the same problem. Then a couple months after the headphone jack initially went bad, the player started acting really annoying. It would randomly turn on, and I would go to use it and the battery would be dead because it had been playing while I was away. ANNOYING! Then, it got so bad, that it would randomly turn on, I would turn it off, then it would turn on again, and so on. Now, I have to take the battery out just to turn it off, and I keep it out until I'm ready to use it. What a HASSLE. I figured out that it has something to do with the headphone jack, which is right next to the on off switch. I think inside the player, the headphone jack is rubbing up against the on off switch which causes it to turn on. So, taking the headphones out of it when its not being used does help a little, but thats kind of annoying to have to do, and I think it losens the jack even more, which in turn, makes it worse when you want to listen to it. This player also locks up every once in a while, which means you have to take the battery out, put it back in, and wait for it to do its thing and get back to normal.Read more ›
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