Creative Zen mp3

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John Disdle
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My son has a Creative Zen mp3 player, and the software that came with it.

The software will rip a CD, but there is no provision to import from a memory stick or file on the pc.
His friend has a Mac, and has burned a CD with mp3 files. It won`t read the CD or a RW-CD, which now has the converted wav files. He also says, it won`t download from iTunes.

I`m not very familiar with mp3 players, so could do with pointing in the right direction please??.Many thanks.

johnd
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I have a Zen, which I haven't used for about a year because I bought a player with a bigger screen.
One thing I noticed with my Zen was the software that came with it was out of date, have a look at their site to see the latest software http://support.creative.com/Products/ProductDetails.aspx?catID=213&CatName=MP3+Players&subCatID=214&subCatName=ZEN&prodID=16999&prodName=ZEN&bTopTwenty=1&VARSET=prodfaq:PRODFAQ_16999,VARSET=CategoryID:213

I'm thinking back but I'm certain the organiser suite should let you drag and drop files from the pc to the player. Watch out for the video files, the Zen is quite a fussy player, also the creative video conversion utility is not as good as other free software

tom hardwick
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Hi John, I have the Zen Vision W with which I'm well pleased. The video is beautifully sharp, but pans and subject movement across the screen are slightly jerky. I'm using Creative's own conversion software to take my avi files and make them wmv, but although I've tried various other software converters, haven't managed to find one that's noticeably better.

tom.

johnd
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Hi Tom,
I've not used my Zen for a while, but one site I looked at for advice was ABI (Anything But Ipod) and their forum had tips for video encoding, here is a link to the Zen purely because it is more comprehensive than for the Vision W. http://anythingbutipod.com/forum/showthread.php?t=20588&highlight=video
programs such as 'Super' and 'Any Video Converter' get good reports

I presume the W stands for Wide and the Zen settings would have to be adjusted for the increased width,
John

John Disdle
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Hi Tom.
He only uses it for audio, thank heaven. He converts mp3 to wav, burned to my new CD-R`s so they can be read by the Zen. He`s also complaining that tracks transfer in any order, and not as original…..Maybe more tuition!!!!

John Disdle
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Hi johnd.
Thanks for the link.
It was bought in Feb. this year. I havn`t managed to find the software version yet, but looking on the site the last version was 2009. I will try to download the manual today, as my ISP decided to vanish last night. The program on his pc is called “Control Centrale”- I think. Sounds a bit continental!

I don't understand why it won`t read a CD-RW in his pc. I have a stereo system that doesn`t, and one that does.

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John Disdle wrote:
I don't understand why it won`t read a CD-RW in his pc. I have a stereo system that doesn`t, and one that does.

Many drives have problems reading rewritable media, like some have problems reading cheap write once media.

I found the solution was to use cd-audio blanks , not had one fail in any audio cd system.

I find re-writable media to be a poor investment , the price of write once being so low as to not worry me if i only write a small amount to them.

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John Disdle
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Thanks Gary, I`ll see if I can persuade him to buy his own…..

robo
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It should have come with a programme called Creative Zen Media Explorer which allows you to drag and drop files from various sources.
I've loaded various audio files without problems, even recorded and old language tape to the laptop via 'Audacity' and then to the Zen by drag and drop. I've full movies on mine too - great for when your your at weddings waiting for the evening event to get started.

robo

John Disdle
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Hi robo, sorry for the delay. It's difficult to part a man from his Zen it seems!

This is the Zen Mosaic series G. I have downloaded two versions of the Media Explorer and neither will load because the Zen is not recognised. I found a 64bit version as well.

It still won`t recognise a normal CD with the mp3`s on, so I have dragged the tracks to my pc, and can find the folder with the Control Centrale. I can transfer them to the Zen, but there is no option of where to transfer to. But when you check, the mp3 tracks are placed in separate albums according to the Artist-I think!

My son says he can take tracks from different CD`s and place them in one folder. But not with mp3`s. I did notice the Zen recognises my CD/DVD drive, but on the Control Centrale , it`s only shown as a DVD, even with a CD present. I don't know if that`s relevant. We are using the “Music” tab, and there are no video files recorded.

He has several friends with these little beasts, and I`ve told him to se if they have any answers.