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Creative Zen Stone: Tiny screenless MP3 player

Creative has officially announced its brand new MP3 player -- the Zen Stone. It has no screen and costs less than half the price of the iPod Shuffle

In breaking news, Creative has announced a teeny tiny little screenless MP3 player that looks rather similar to the iPod Shuffle, only slightly larger and considerably glossier. Called the Zen Stone, this 1GB flash player sports a 10-hour battery life, a 0.0mm (0-inch) non-existent screen, support for WMA- and MP3-format music and it comes in six different colours.

These specs may not sound immediately stimulating, but wait -- this little chap is going to go on sale for £27.99. Now that, ladies and gentlemen, is a price not even the homeless would balk at -- it's half the cost of the Shuffle.

Creative suggests this player is not a replacement for your primary music player, but a complimentary model that's handy for joggers, fitness enthusiasts or -- and Creative didn't envisage this one for some reason -- midgets, for whom hard disk MP3 players are uncomfortably gargantuan.

The Zen Stone only weighs 18g and we're told sound quality is going to be exceptional. We'll judge that for ourselves in our full review, which you can expect only too soon. -Nate Lanxon