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Test made with 'creative zen' with ID 041e:4157 - firmware 1.21.03e

Apps list

This is a list of applications that I tested:


  • not user friendly but better to me
  • much stable


  • not user friendly
  • improved from debian squeezy
  • support cover
  • stable


  • little buggy but work
  • when copying file audio or video they are not seem with mp3 player
  • can use it only to show or delete file


  • little buggy but work - use gvfs like Nautilus
  • see nautilus


  • user friendly
  • heavy
  • a little unstable and buggy
  • work



  • work fine
  • little bugs
  • slow
  • heavy


tools for communicating with Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) devices

  • stable
  • very hard for newbie


MTPfs is a FUSE filesystem that supports reading and writing from MTP devices

  • stable
  • very hard for newbie

for mount/umount device:

mtpfs -o allow_other /dir/mount
fusermount -u /dir/mount


bash script that take mp3 from playlist and put/convert in zen player internal/external memory - more info

  • better because is mine :)
  • developed to use with mpd + ncmpcpp

Tips and Tricks:

For converting music files (ogg, flac, m4a…) in mp3 (zen support only mp3 and wma)the applications much simple and with GUI is soundconverter by gnome DE (I guess there are same apps by kde DE) or from commandline there is mencoder and ffmpeg.

covert wma to mp3

mplayer2 -really-quiet -vc null -vo null -nocorrect-pts -ao pcm:waveheader file.wma
lame  --quiet -h -b 192 audiodump.wav FILEDEST.mp3
rm audiodump.wav


ffmpeg -i file.wma -acodec libmp3lame file.mp3

extract audio from video (youtube)

for webm

ffmpeg -i input.webm -acodec libmp3lame -vn output.mp3

for mp4

ffmpeg -i input.mp4 -acodec libmp3lame -vn output.mp3

convert to video format zen compatible

ffmpeg -i input.avi -f avi -vtag DIVX -r 30 -s 320x240 -vcodec mpeg4 -vb 1000K -acodec libmp3lame -ab 320K output.avi

Take from some winff presets:

normal video

ffmpeg -i input.avi -f avi -r 29.97 -vcodec libxvid -vtag XVID -s 320x240 -aspect 4:3 -maxrate 1800kb -vb 1500k  -acodec libmp3lame -ar 48000 -ab 128k -ac 2  output.avi

wide video

ffmpeg -i input.avi -f avi -r 29.97 -vcodec libxvid -vtag XVID -s 320x240 -aspect 16:9 -maxrate 1800kb -vb 1500k  -acodec libmp3lame -ar 48000 -ab 128k -ac 2 output.avi

if mp3 player says bitrate much high

ffmpeg -i input.avi -f avi -vtag DIVX -r 30 -s 320x240 -vcodec mpeg4 -vb 300K -acodec libmp3lame -ab 64k output.avi

If you don't like command line, there is winff (ffmpeg gui) with creative zen presets here and arista (it has a creative zen presets here too) or avidemux for convert video


sometimes my mp3 player stay on freeze status without disconnect itself to pc even I disconnect it.

mtp-detect command from mpt-tools can unblock it sometimes.

If you get sometimes like “memory is not formatted correctly” you can try to make a deep format:

dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=1M


shred -vfz -n 100 /dev/sda

where sda is your sd-card device

See Also:

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