The GoodThe Creative Zen Stone is an exceptional bargain, and it comes in a choice of six colors. It offers good sound quality, is easy to use, and includes a standard mini-USB port for syncing and charging. It supports Audible files and has a Skip Folder function that makes it easy to skip through groups of tracks.
The BadThe Creative Zen Stone has no screen, no extra features, and no built-in clip like that of the iPod Shuffle. The rated battery life is unimpressive.
The Bottom LineThe Creative Zen Stone is a fantastic choice as a secondary MP3 player or for first timers on a budget who want a simple, great-sounding device with limited features and a bargain basement price tag.
In a world of iPod domination, you can't really blame competitors for taking cues from the MP3 player giant. Such is the case with the Creative Zen Stone, a simple and diminutive flash player reminiscent of the second-generation iPod Shuffle. Though the Stone may have taken its design cues from the popular iPod, it outshines the latter in sound quality and costs only half the price: the 1GB Stone lists at a mere $39.99.
Since 2003, Jasmine France has worked at CNET covering everything from scanners to keyboards to GPS devices to MP3 players. She currently cohosts the Crave podcast and spends the majority of her time testing headphones, music software, and mobile apps.