Small and large capacity MP3 players

Creative looks to be taking Apple’s new MP3 player line-up head on with two of its own similar and attention-grabbing products.

The $699 compact NOMAD MuVo² (pictured) will take on Apple’s iPod mini with its similar size and 4GB capacity, and a $479 1.5GB version will also be available. The MuVo² uses a CompactFlash Type II 2.5cm micro drive, has USB 2.0 connectivity, WMA and MP3 playback, and doubles as a data storage device. In addition to the essential listening earbuds, a stylish black protective case with belt clip is included.

Creative also has a potential iPod killer on its hands with the silver-and-white NOMAD Jukebox Zen Xtra. It features a hefty 60GB (instead of 40GB) of storage, removable battery, larger backlit blue LCD and USB 2.0 connectivity.

Creative NOMAD MuVo²
Price: $699 (4GB); $479 (1.5GB)

NOMAD Jukebox Zen Xtra
Price: $899
Vendor: Creative Labs Australia
Phone: (02) 9021 9800
URL: http://australia.creative.com