Creative has upgraded its miniature music player, adding a tiny external speaker to the Zen Stone and Zen Stone Plus, with the latter also getting a small LCD screen. The company told us that when in use, the 'micro boombox' reduces battery life from 20 hours to six hours, but the addition of the speaker doesn't have a significant impact on the price of the players.

The 1GB Zen Stone will cost around €39 when it ships in the UK next month, and the 2GB version will be only slightly more expensive.

The Zen Stone Plus, which will be available in 2GB and 4GB versions, will cost from €69. The two new models will replace the current Zen Stones, which launched in the UK last year, and will be available in black, dark blue, pink and silver

Creative said a sporty armband and ultra-portable keychain with a tiny case that carries the player will be available separately.

Creative Zen Stone