The ZEN V and the ZEN V Plus are portable media players manufactured by Creative Technology. The user interface on this player, the same as the one on Creative's ZEN Vision:M was patented by Creative on January 9, 2005 Creative has sued Apple over the use of this user interface, which Apple later settled for $100 million The ZEN V Plus has accumulated many awards, including CNET Editor's Choice for June 2006. The players are nearly identical, save for video playback and FM radio which the ZEN V Plus supports, the regular ZEN V does not.

In August 2007, Creative introduced a 16 GB version of the ZEN V Plus, making it the first to support the storage capacity of 16 GB for flash-based players back then. Creative would hit the current record with the announcement of a 32 GB model of the ZEN.


Both Players

  • Dimensions: 2.7" x 1.7" x 0.6" (67.5 mm x 43.5 mm x 15.9 mm)
  • Weight: 1.55 oz (43.5 g)
  • Display: 1.5" (38.1 mm) OLED display
  • Resolution: 128x128 pixels
  • Battery Type: Built-in Lithium Ion
  • Music Formats Supported: MP3, WMA, WAV, Audible, and Podcasts (via ZENCast Organizer)
  • PlaysForSure (Windows Media Audio 9 DRM) Compatible: Subscription and Download
  • Photo Formats Supported: JPEG
  • Custom Wallpapers: JPEG
  • USB: High-Speed 2.0, 1.1
  • Organizer: Calendar, Contact, Task list
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: Up to 92dB
  • Harmonic Distortion Output: <0.05%
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
  • Voice Recording: Yes
  • Line In recording: Yes
  • Power Charging: Charges via Power Adapter or PC through USB
  • Album art: Supported
  • System Requirements: Windows Vista and Windows XP out of box. Works with Windows 2000 through Windows 98SE after a Legacy OS Driver update available here. Linux compatibility is possible, but unsupported.
    • Compatible with Windows Media Player
    • Bundled Software: MediaSource, Media Explorer
    • Unsupported Third-Party Software:


  • 1, 2, 4 and 8GB


  • 1GB: Black/Orange, White/Orange, White/Red (Target Exclusive)
  • 2GB: White/Green, Black/Green
  • 4GB: Black/Blue
  • 8GB: Black/Blue, Black/Orange

ZEN V Plus

  • 1, 2, 4, 8 and 16GB
  • Video formats supported: Uncompressed AVI: Native; Most other major formats through conversion.
  • FM Tuner: Yes


  • 1GB: Black/Orange, White/Orange, White/Red (Target Exclusive)
  • 2GB: Black/Green, White/Green, Pink/White
  • 4GB: Black/Blue
  • 8GB: Black/Blue, Black/Red
  • 16GB Black/White

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