It's small. It's simple. It...looks like a pebble. But that name was already taken. Yes, I'm talking about the Creative Zen Stone, and I bet you have been imagining it photographed in a variety of compromising positions. Come on, now--don't be shy. We all like viewing the latest gadgets from every angle. After all, what good is Crave without some healthy imagery. Click the photo for a full slide show of the Creative Zen Stone.
Last week, I had an opportunity to sit down with the developers of MXPlay, beta jukebox software that lets you mash up your music with streaming movies, letting you create your own virtual music videos.
More interesting than the mashup features, however, is MXPlay's unique playback interface. A graphical interface lets you control the location of the listening audience and the position and direction of your speakers. Letting you tweak your own "room" does create better-sounding tunes. The MXPlay folks were very happy to compare its playback sound to that of iTunes, and I must admit I … Read more
I guess maybe the marketing folks behind Creative's Zen Stone music player, the company's answer to the iPod Shuffle, are consciously avoiding corny references to the word "stoned." But in this new TV ad for the little guys (via TechFresh), I definitely think the corporate-training-video soundtrack ought to have been replaced with some Pink Floyd. I mean, come on, they're music players, not elevator music players:
OK, OK, I'm harsh. I know. The recently launched Clix Cradle from iRiver isn't all that unattractive. Indeed, it looks to be reasonably useful. It includes a single speaker and seems to prop up the player at a handy viewing angle for video watching. But is it just me, or does this new dock look like a serious step down from the original Clix cradle?
First of all, the old version (pictured below) included dual speakers for stereo sound and had a cool snooze button on top for using the player as an alarm clock. It also came … Read more
There are a number of great digital-music players already on CNET Download.com--iTunes rules the roost because of its compatibility with iPods; MediaMonkey is fantastic for free music management and playlist creation; JetAudio Basic is packed with features for burning and broadcasting via JetCast; the classic free player Winamp now provides Internet TV and music videos; and Quintessential Player, my personal favorite player, is the perfect size for those who prefer a light system footprint.
A new digital-music player called MXPlay focuses primarily on one facet that most of the current software doesn't even mention: sound quality. Designed mostly for streaming audio, MXPlay augments even the lowest-quality 96kbps music streams to provide a more full-bodied sound for your favorite tunes. Also, a unique graphical interface lets you position your virtual speakers and audience to tweak the sound of your songs to your heart's content, and a built-in browser lets you both surf the Web and add photos and videos to create your own music mashups.… Read more
Actually, the newly colorful versions of Sansa c250 have been available at BestBuy for a couple of weeks now, but considering their compact design, wealth of features, and ultralow price point ($79.99 for 2GB), I can see the logic behind SanDisk's "dads and grads" push. This flash MP3 player is a good gift idea for anyone deserving of one around this time of year: moms, dads, grads, and birthday boys and girls. Heck, for that price, why not get yourself a secondary MP3 player while you're at it? The Sansa c250 may not offer the … Read more
With all these ultra-violent games everywhere, do you ever pine for the more innocent days of Frogger and Q-bert? OK, maybe not. But if you do have other favorites from an old Sega or Nintendo console, South Korea's Plezo says you can play them on the new PMG-250 handheld and its 2.5-inch color LCD.
This gadget may not have all the bells and whistles of its better-known counterparts, but it will let you pretend to be a real gamer as long as people can't see what you're playing. And it's an MP3 player too, so … Read more
As an update to an earlier Crave posting courtesy of our sister site Crave UK, I wanted to be sure to mention that the Zen Stone will be available in the U.S. as well. In fact, the player--with its extremely competitive $39.99 price tag--is on sale through Creative's Web site right now, with a visit to the shopping cart confirming that it is "In Stock (Available for Shipment)." Only the black is available at this very moment, though, so you'll have to wait about a week or so if you want one of the … Read more
If you weren't one of the lucky 100,000 to grab a pink Zune at Amazon.com during the limited run back in April, you need not hold your breath any longer: the latest iteration of the player--which is swathed in pleasantly pale pink--is now officially available. You can also find the new color at Circuit City and Best Buy, if you'd rather deal with established brick-and-mortar retailers.
To commemorate the launch, Microsoft is offering a collection of pink-themed playlists--such as "Pink Rocks" and "Pink in Fashion"--in Zune Marketplace. In addition, Mandy Moore'… Read more
Because Crave leads such an active social life (read: we can't stop playing World of Warcraft), we're very rarely around to watch TV. This means Freeview hard-drive recorders are absolutely invaluable. One of our faves was the excellent Panasonic DMR-EX75, so we're overjoyed to see an upgrade: the DMR-EX77, which allows digital recording to either DVD or its built-in 160GB hard drive.
The EX77 also has a built-in Freeview receiver, so there's no messing around with those pesky Scart leads to plug in your Freeview receiver and suffering a loss in quality as everything is converted … Read more