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Creative Zen Touch 40 GB Audio Player


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  • Touch pad control for fast scrolling
  • 40 GB Holds 16,000 WMA / 10,000 MP3 Songs
  • 24-hour battery life
  • USB 2.0 for faster transfer speed
  • Compatible with Windows 98SE, Me, 2000, XP
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Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NameCreative Labs
Item Weight7 ounces
Product Dimensions4.1 x 2.7 x 0.9 inches
Item model numberHD0014-40
Number of Items1
  
Additional Information
ASINB0006VYGRG
Best Sellers Rank #239,253 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2 pounds
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableDecember 6, 2004
  
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Creative Labs
  • Model: HD0014-40
  • Digital Storage Capacity: 40 GB
  • Supported Standards: MP3, WMA, WAV
  • Hardware Platform: PC
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Product Description

Product Description

The Zen Touch music player from Creative makes a dazzling first impression. The revolutionary linear touch-sensitive pad controller lets you navigate your music collection with astonishing ease and speed. Jam all day and all night—nonstop—with incredible 24-hr. battery life. Combine that with 40GB capacity to hold up to 16,000 songs and it's close to love at first sight. AudioSync lets you seamlessly update your player with new music from your PC at the touch of a button and the 4-band custom equalizer and advanced EQ presets let you customize playback. Now it's love at first listen. Available storage capacity may vary. 1Hx2-7/10Wx4-1/10D".

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Palm-size and pocket-friendly, the Creative Zen Touch digital music player is a treat for your eyes as well as your ears. And--with features like touch-sensitive navigation, 24-hour battery life, light weight (under half a pound with battery), and a staggering 40 GB, 10,000 song capacity (64 kbps WMA)--the tiny unit leaves little room for wondering if it's right for you.

Features

  • Touch pad control for fast scrolling
  • Up to 24 hours continuous playback
  • Up to 97 dB signal-to-noise ratio--as good as expensive hi-fi systems
  • 40 GB hard drive holds up to 16,000 WMA or 10,000 MP3 songs
  • Create and customize playlists on the go
  • Unique search function locates any song, album, or artist
  • USB 2.0 for faster transfer
  • 4-band custom equalizer and advanced EQ presets let you customize your music playback
  • AudioSync lets you seamlessly update your Creative Zen Touch with your latest music on your PC at the touch of a button
  • FM radio, voice, and FM recording via optional wired remote control (available separately)
The Zen Touch model HD0014 is compatible with both MP3 and WMA (Windows Media Audio) music files, and its super-fast USB 2.0 PC interface loads your music in record time. Use the player's search function to locate music by song, album, or artist, scrolling quickly and easily through your library with the handy touch pad while viewing your playlists and song selections on the Zen Touch's 160 x 104 blue EL (electroluminescent) backlit LCD. You can create and customize your playlists on the fly, or listen in random order at the touch of a top-panel button.

The unit's four-band custom equalizer and preset EQ curves help you tailor the sound to your preference or environment. If you're delving into the world of digital music for the first time, supplied Creative MediaSource software readily converts your CDs to MP3s or WMAs, while Creative AudioSync seamlessly updates the Zen Touch with your latest music on your PC at the touch of a button. Creative Explorer (also included) permits drag-and-drop transfers for data and music files to and from the Zen Touch.

What's in the Box
Creative Zen Touch Player, a pair of stereo earphones, an AC power adapter, a travel pouch, a USB 2.0 cable, an installation CD-ROM, and a quick-start guide.

Customer Reviews

That said, this is a great player and when the time comes to get a new one I will buy another product from Creative.
TM
The touch scroll takes a little bit of getting used to and it can be a bit oversensitive, but I got the hang of it pretty quick and now find it very easy to use.
R. Levy
Accordingly, each time the issue is reviewed, the person doing the reviewing is completely unfamiliar with the problem.
Sparky

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

202 of 206 people found the following review helpful By M. Bridges on January 27, 2005
I brought this player in early January after a LOT of research. I was really looking for something in the 20gb - 40gb category that could handle all of my mp3s, as well as backing up some of my data files. And when I research, I REALLY research.

I was first interested in the Sony NW-HD1 for it's sleek, small design. Then I leaned towards an iPod for both it's popularity and it's design. At the end of the day, I went with the Zen Touch, because it claimed lengthy battery time, large disk space and exceptional sound.

So far, it has exceeded my expectations. I listen to my music as I work in 4-6 hour strecthes, and I'm still listening to that music on my first charge. Sound is fantastic. The earphones provided aren't brilliant quality, so do yourself a favor and fork our for the Sennheiser PX 100 or PX 200.

Be aware that the player recognizes audio files by their id3 tags, and not by file name. It takes a little time filling out missing ID3 tags in the supplied program, but it is well worth in the end -- because it gives you the ability to choose by song, artist, album and genre.

I have found the touch pad a breeze to work with. Maybe it's because I was forewarned about its sensitivty, but it's pretty easy to get a handle on.

Unit response time is lightning fast. I only experienced a slight lag between songs when I skipped through dozens at a time.

Now for the bad part:

The supplied software is okay for managing music, but is near impossible to manage data files. And even as a music manager, it is needlessly complicated. I uploaded all my data files, only to have them stuck there and unable to be deleted or added to. This was a problem I worked at for days, with no solution.
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123 of 124 people found the following review helpful By Eric Dubuis on January 4, 2005
Some brief notes on the 40GB Zen Touch from Creative. I have used it now for about two weeks and am very pleased with it after I got around some quirks.

The player seems to be built very nicely. It has a very solid and quality feel and has this substantial touch to it. Another way would be to say it's heavier than expected and certainly heavier than a comparable iPod (the size difference is quite neglectable).

The sound is very good and the equalizer works well too. It's usually not necessary, but it can help to customize the sound. I do not think, like some reviews of the 20GB version suggest, that the sound isn't loud enough. I don't have to crank it up to 25 even in my MCC Smart @85 mph (a rather noisy car, trust me).

The operation of the player is on the fast side. Skipping tracks is instantaneous and selection of tracks happens without noticeable delay (my player is loaded to about 80% with 5000+ songs @192kbs).

There are a few things I didn't like about the Zen Touch though. First, the touch pad is rather sensitive and while this is great to scan through thousands of songs, it's bothersome when selecting a single entry.

The second weak point is the file organization on the player. All mp3 files are stored in one directory, which inevitably leads to some clashes for songs with the same name. I had to convert the ripped files with a little script to include the artist and album information in order to create unambiguous file names.

Battery capacity seems very good when the player is used as a player. Downloading songs or managing play lists on the other hand is using up a lot of battery power.

All things considered, I am very happy with the player so far.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By John Hale on December 7, 2005
Many of the negative comments about the Zen Touch involve the difficulty of using the software that comes with it. After loading the latest firmware updates, I downloaded the Creative Software Suite dated 10/31/05. The new software is much easier to use.

A major use of the Zen for me is listening to audiobooks. I was having trouble creating playlists that put the many .mp3 files in the correct order. The new software solves all that.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. Hayes on December 1, 2005
I bought my touch at best buy for 220 bucks (they were having a 25 percent off all creative mp3 players sale) three weeks ago, and I am very pleased with this player.

First off, I want to say that the sound quality is the best you can get out of any mp3 player on the market right now. Like everyone else says, the earbuds are crap. I never use them, I use Grado Labs sr-80's, and this player has amazing sound.

I didn't have trouble with the software like other people did... I used the included creative media source software, dragged my songs on to the player, and voila! I did have a funny problem where I had to plug in the player, unplug it, and repeat about 3 or 4 times until my computer would recognize it. Not a big deal, and it doesn't happen anymore.

The battery life plummets when putting songs on to the player, but when you're playing songs it lasts forever! I use my player the most while I'm at work, and it has gone 28-30 hours at a stretch before running out.

Some people had problems with duplicated song names, but I've always been careful about my ID3 tags when ripping my music, so it wasn't an issue... even though I have about 4 versions of the song "Little Wing" on my zen.

The case is annoying since you can't use the buttons when it's on... I just never use it. The zen feels like it's built to last, so I'll see how it goes.

If anything happens, I will update. If not, I'll update in a few months.

Edit #1
I forgot to mention the touch pad. Yes, it's tricky to get at first, but I lowered the sensitivity to low, and after a few hours of use it became second nature to me. When you make your decision, the touchpad shouldn't be a serious issue.
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