Creative is taking on the iPod shuffle with its own small-form budget player – the Creative Zen Stone.
Lightweight and in a range of glossy colours (black, white, red, blue, pink and green), the 1Gb player has enough capacity to store up to 500 of your favourite tunes, navigating via folders and playlists or with random playback.
Music transfer is drag and drop via mini-USB connection, while file compatibility is MP3, WMA (including DRM) and Audible. There’s also a healthy playback of 10 hours per charge of the battery. There’s also a range of accessories in the pipeline specifically for the player, including colour-matching silicon skins, sports armband and a keychain.
If you want it, it should retail for around 40 Euros, which by my reckoning is just over £27.
Find out more at the Creative website