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The Creative Zen Stone is a fantastic choice as a secondary MP3 player or one for first timers on a budget who want a simple, great-sounding device with limited features and a bargain-basement price tag.

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The Stone will fit easily into any pocket, purse, or bag--just be careful not to lose it! The black one can be hard to spot at the bottom of a dark bag.
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The top edge of the Stone features a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, a reset hole, and a function switch. You can alternate between repeat or shuffle modes, as well as set it to the folder icon to shuttle between folders on the device.
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Although the Stone is noticeably larger than the iPod Shuffle, it can be easily concealed in a fist and is light enough to be worn as a necklace.
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Devices without LCDs aren't for everyone, but the Stone does make a handy second player. It's simple to use and virtually featureless.
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This player has straighfoward controls that click pleasantly. We wish they were backlit, though.
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The Creative Zen Stone's shiny surface and rounded, rectangular shape give it the appearance of a pebble--too bad that name was already taken.
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The left side of the device incorporates a loop for attaching a lanyard, though you'll have to supply your own if you want to wear the player around your neck--Creative doesn't include one in the package.
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Standard mini-USB jacks are always a plus--because so many devices use them, it means you might be able to use the same cable for your player, digital camera, and other devices as well.

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