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Creative ZEN Style M300 8GB Bluetooth MP3 Player (Red)
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Small package, but not for me.Aug 10, 2011
By M. P. Schwartz
I loved the specs on this unit. That's because I enjoy listening to books while I work out. And the small size was perfect for carrying in my pocket. But I was disappointed by the failure of the unit to respond to its controles. I could not make it start, stop or change files. It was just not responding to my touch. So I sent it back, rather than have to worry about making it play my books properly. Amazon was very helpful with the return. So, I plan to go on buying stuff from Amazon's site.
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Not Worth The HassleJul 21, 2011
By L. I. Coleman
First, the Bluetooth[primary reason for purchase]functioned well.
Rapidly downhill after that. One is not informed, until attempting to transfer, create playlists, that additional software[Winamp]is required. This is about a 15 step procedure that follows the download.
Do you wonder why Ipod & Walkman are so popular? Support is strictly by email, another time consuming hassle. The print on the worthless quick start guide is so small that a magnifier is required. The hype for the Zen M300 is just that. After 4 hours of fiddling with this Zen M300 I repackaged it for return.
3 of 4 found the following review helpful:
Didn't work out of the boxJul 18, 2011
By Max Guernsey, jr.
I pre-ordered the Zen M300 (8G) and after charging it for 4 or 5 hours all that would show up on the screen was "Please wait ..." Trying to contact Creative about the issue was useless! Can you call Creative Customer Service to get a replacement?? NO! The ONLY way to contact them is via their web site which is very limiting and not extremely unresponsive. Apparently Creative just wants to build and sell items and not be responsible after the product is in your hands.
I would suggest you purchase a product from some company other than Creative.
Not reliable.Feb 09, 2013
By edward unger
piece of junk.
lasted 1 month.
would not charge even with a new charger.
Would not recomend this item to anybody.
Pretty player falls way shortJan 21, 2012
Creative has missed the mark with this little player. It seems really attractive at a fantastic price, which is why I bought it. If it delivered what it promised, it would have been my deal of the year (all 16 days of it, anyway!) The expandable memory was the primary point of attraction for me. I had an extra 8 GB microSD card, so I thought, awesome, I'll have a 16 GB mp3 player. That didn't work out. You cannot import playlists from Windows Media Player. I had to use the reset button 50% of the time I turned the unit on. I had high hopes for this unit, and it let me down.
The microSD card in my Sansa mp3 player simply adds to your library. When you pop in a card, it lists those songs in the library with all your other songs. On the Style m300, the microSD card is a separate menu item from "Music". So, there is a definitive, time-consuming barrier between on-board tunes, and microSD tunes. In addition, I could not get the music to load when the card was in the Style, and the Style was connected by USB. I had to use my card reader to put the tunes on the card, then put the card into the Style. Expandability is a critical point for me: I was moving from my Sony Walkman player, because it does not have expandability. Additionally, the documentation, both printed, as well as the PDF on the Style, completely omit anything about the microSD, except to identify where the card will go. It doesn't even discuss it as a menu option. Last gripe about the microSD card: the cover doesn't seem like it will stay on for long, especially if you swap 2 or more cards, as the Creative hype puts it, "the more cards you have, the more music you can take with you!"
When you import a playlist from Windows Media Player, using Windows Media Player, only the songs are transferred, not the playlist. There is a workaround detailed at [...] however the workaround DID NOT work. Also, the workaround involves using "Save Playlist As" and changing from native .wpl to .m3u playlists, thereby clutering up your playlists with duplicates in Windows Media Player. Several comments on the support site indicate I am not alone in this experience. The playlist titles do show up on the Style under playlists when you choose the workaround, however when you choose a playlist, it says "Empty Playlist".
The touch buttons are difficult to press at times. Especially while driving, this can be a real problem. Also, you press up to go back a track, and down to go to the next track. It seems counter-intuitive.
The price looked awesome on this. I was excited because of my great experience with my ZEN 30GB player died a few years ago, and I LOVED it, and have mourned its passing. I had high hopes for this. If you want an unexpandable player, this may still not be your best choice. The price looked too good to be true, and it was.
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