Product Type: Creative MP3 players
Newest Review: ... a lot cheaper. The Mosaic will play MP3s and video files, whilst you can also store and view pictures on it. 16GB will hold about 4,0... more
So many songs, so little time
Creative Zen Mozaic 16 GB
Member Name: thejarofdirt882
Creative Zen Mozaic 16 GB
Advantages: nice design
Disadvantages: poor headphones supplied
I don't have a great track record when it comes to portable music players, dropping them off cliffs, down toilets... Yeah. So I've always decided to opt for a fairly cheap one in whatever size memory I think is best and this has always ruled me out of buying an iPod; as lovely as they are Apple's things are expensive and come with extra features I don't really want. My sister had a more expensive Creative product than this when I was looking around and compared it very favourably to the iPod range, whilst being a lot cheaper.
The Mosaic will play MP3s and video files, whilst you can also store and view pictures on it. 16GB will hold about 4,000 tracks, so if you're collection is huge this size is not for you. But 4,000 tracks is still a lot of listening time. Personally I have about 2,000 tracks and I barely listen to nay of them, but it's always handy to know that I've got them on my MP3 is I have the sudden urge for Daft Punk or ABBA overcomes me.
The Mozaic has a rather unique look to it and I think it's great. The black is sleek and stylish and the pink... well you won't soon leave that behind by accident! It has nine buttons for you to navigate your way around the menus, which are very simple to find what you're looking for on your player.
For an MP3 player this size the screen is a good size, showing you the track name, artist and any attached artwork for music, and has a good quality picture when it's playing a video or you're browsing through pictures on there.
A simple mini USB to USB cable does all the charging and file transferring. The player comes with software to install that will rip CDs and transfer music and videos etc. The only necessary thing about this is it will transfer a video and convert it to the right format for the player to play, music can simply be dragged and dropped like using an ordinary USB stick.
The only thing I've noticed wrong with it is that its clock gains time, and always stops gaining at the same amount every time too - 5 minutes fast. Whilst by no means is this the end of the world, it is very odd and has me intrigued. But I can't find out why it does this, or if indeed it happens to anyone else. And the headphones that are supplied with the player are not that good, I'd recommend substituting for your own or buying something new.
Summary: Great alternative to Apple for your music on the go
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