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My MP3 player: Creative Zen Nano Plus

I download several hours of audio podcasts a week to listen to at home, in the car, and when walking on campus. To support this habit, you'd expect to see me carrying an expensive, multi-GB MP3 player, most likely an iPod. So you'd be surprised to see my MP3 player of choice is a single-GB Creative Zen Nano Plus.

This MP3 player has been highly reliable for the last couple years, and since it acts just like an external USB drive, I can use it in Linux much easier than I could an iPod. I just use a Bash script to sync the podcast directory on my hard drive with the Music directory on the Zen. It also runs on a single AAA battery (I use rechargeable Eneloop batteries), so I don't have to worry about a LiIon battery losing capacity over time.

In the last week, my beloved MP3 player had been acting erratically. When I would hold the volume or scroll buttons, the player would turn off, even though the battery was charged. I booted XP, reflashed the firmware and wiped the memory, then booted Ubuntu and ran my Bash script to sync the audio content. It's back to least for now. If you have a Creative player but don't want to search the site for the firmware you need, they have an MP3 Player Recovery Tool that automatically determines which firmware your player needs.


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Would you miss this blog if I discontinued it? Please leave a comment.