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MP3 Players

Zen and the art of not much storage

In the same week that Apple doubled the capacity of its iPod Touch to 32GB, Creative has taken the odd step of releasing a 2GB version of its Zen MP3 player.

Sick of your 20 songs feeling lonely inside spacious players? Get a 2GB version.

In the same week that Apple doubled the capacity of its iPod Touch to 32GB, Creative has taken the odd step of releasing a 2GB version of its Zen MP3 player.

The Zen was originally released mid-2007 in 4GB, 8GB and 16GB capacities. The new 2GB version retails for AU$149.95.

In an era where flash memory capacities are skyrocketing, the downgrade to 2GB seems rather odd. Take note, however, that the Zen features an SD slot that is compatible with SDHC cards. With SanDisk recently releasing a 32GB card, the Zen will be expandable far beyond its onboard storage space. Still, it's an expensive way to futureproof an MP3 player.

Creative claims it is "expanding the current range of Zen players to meet consumers' needs". Just who these consumers are -- and why they have so few songs on their hard drive -- remains a mystery.