It is often compared to the Apple Ipod due to the current replacement of MP3 Player as a general term for all devices, with Ipod by the mainstream culture.
In recent revisions of the device it appears that Creative have begun changing the propietary connectors used in MP3 players of its type to ones that are more standardises (i.e. Mini USB Jacks) rathern than make devices that require certain connectors that have to be bought from the creator of the device.
Due to the power of the Ipod brand Creative have recently changed their "IPod Beater" attitude and are focusing on creating MP3 Devices that are DIFFERENT than the Ipod.
Dude it's cheaper than an Ipod, Get a Zen!
What i think is Most important is how you get your music. The creative mp3 players, support WMA, MP3's, Which are the main ones I use. The best thing is that if you preffer to buy online music, you have many resources you can use. You can use Napster, pay $1 per song, or pay $15 for unlimited downloads called napster-to-go. You can also download music from Peer-to-peer sites, which is essentially free music(try looking up limewire or bearshare). 1000 songs for $1OOO DOLLARS?!? How about 1000 songs FOR FREE.
The Creative Zen comes with software you can use to sync your music and comes with an audio converter(it came with mine)which you can us to convert MP3's to WMA, and vice versa, wich you can use with some other audio formats. I use the software to convert 4MB MP3's to 1.5MB WMA's, Are you following me? Making you have more space for more songs. Something you wish you could do with your Ipod.
"Yeah How much"- Creative Zen User
"400 dollars, plus 200 songs off of itunes"-Ipod User
"Hahahaha. I got my Zen for $250 and 1000 free songs!"
Person 2: It's just a damn MP3 player. Don't make such a big fuzz about it. *whacks Person 1 with a lurker stick" :P