Product Type: Creative MP3 players
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Very dated but quality at the time!
Creative Jukebox Zen Xtra 30 GB
Member Name: cbmcfc123
Creative Jukebox Zen Xtra 30 GB
Advantages: Easy to use and to transfer files to
Disadvantages: Freezes up, big and heavy
My first ever MP3 player! I've just checked on Amazon and I bought this way back in March 2004 and it still works to this day! I've long since upgraded and gone through 3 or 4 MP3 players and ipods since but my Dad still swears by it. In fact he still uses it instead of the newer Creative Zen X-Fi2 16 GB model we bought him last year.
As would be expected of such an early model, the unit is quite big and heavy and the case is metal. The buttons are located on the exterior as this was long before touch screen became the norm. Usability is not as intuitive as say, the Ipod, because of this but it's pretty obvious how everything works. The volume is a simple up and down button and the vast majority of the navigation is done with a scroll wheel on the side and pressing the button in to confirm a selection. It probably runs the risk of repetitive strain injury but it does a job!
The sound is pretty good and easily as good as the iPod and the 32Gb capacity easily allows 6500 songs to be stored on it at a good quality and very little of the capacity is lost to operating systems as is the case with more modern MP3 players. Needless to say that the unit is restricted to music and storage only.
Connection is very easy and the unit can be used as a storage device if needs be. This is very simple to achieve as you just plug it in and drop files onto it.
Charging is done via a plug socket rather than USB and if memory serves then this was the only way to do it. Battery life was quite good for the time but still a bit awkward if it runs out on the way to work because you'd have no way of charging it while you're there. Of course, this is comparison to more modern competitors.
The only real problem with the MP3 player is that it does freeze every few days. The unit will stop playing music and although the display is on will not respond to any button presses. The only way to rectify this is to remove and re-insert the battery so that the unit restarts itself. The unit then seems to reset itself to the time at which you previously turned the unit on.
Aside from this I really couldn't complain. Obviously in the 7 years since this was purchased technology has moved on massively and the list of features and capabilities of newer models mean that this item is extremely dated but I've still got a soft spot for it!
Summary: 7 years old and still working so can't complain!
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