Apple may know how to tickle the fancy of portable audio
enthusiasts around the world with innovative features (i.e., the iPod
touch), but manufacturers like SanDisk and Creative continue to lead the
way in value and storage capacity.
In late October, DailyTech
provided details on SanDisk's yet-to-be-officially-announced
32GB Sansa View. The tiny player can playback audio/video and features a
2.4" QVGA screen. Pricing for the player is a relatively reasonable
$329.99 which rings up $70 less than an iPod touch.
Creative, not one to be left out of a capacity war, is
following suit with the official unveil of its 32GB
ZEN. The ZEN features a 2.5" display, an FM radio turner, a Secure
Digital expansion slot for those who crave even more storage space and includes
support for a multitude of file formats (WMV9, MJPEG, MPEG4-SP, DivX 4/5, XviD,
MP3, WMA, Audible 2, 3, 4 and non-protected AAC).
Creative says that the built-in lithium-ion battery is good
for 5 hours of video playback or up to 30 hours of audio playback.
The new 32GB Creative ZEN will be priced at around $380 USD
in Singapore. The player is priced at $329.99 for the United States and is currently available for pre-order on Creative's U.S. website.
quote: I already have an 8GB SD card to increase it to 16GB.
quote: Hopefully feature-wise these devices will encourage Apple to up the specs on their iPods. Maybe there'll be a 32GB Touch soon,