How to Organize a Zen Stone MP3 Player

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How to Organize a Zen Stone MP3 Player
The Zen Stone uses folders to organise your MP3s. (hanging files image by Willee Cole from

Creative's Zen Stone MP3 player is an inexpensive, lightweight MP3 player that can hold up to a thousand tracks and supports both the MP3 and WMA formats. But the lack of a visual interface for selecting tracks can make organising files into a playlist confusing for a new user. While the order the Zen Stone plays MP3s in can seem random at first, it's possible to gain pinpoint control over your playlist if you know how to organise your MP3s.

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  1. 1

    Plug your MP3 player into the computer using the Mini USB adaptor than came with it. Open the drive when prompted by your operating system. This blank drive holds your MP3s.

  2. 2

    Copy your MP3 files to the Zen Stone folder. Your player will play any MP3s it finds in alphanumeric order, starting with numbers, continuing with symbols, and concluding with the alphabet. Remember that this player doesn't read metadata. As a result, you'll need to precede your file names with numbers to let the player know which order to play the tracks in.

  3. 3

    Use folders to organise playlists or entire albums. Create a new folder and place your desired MP3s inside. If single files and folders are in the same location, the player will select the single MP3s first. Keep this in mind as you organise your files.

  4. 4

    Use a limited number of folders when organising your files. While folders can be an extremely helpful tool for file organisation, the Zen Stone player only supports three layers of folders. Files that are inside a fourth layer of folders will be skipped over.

Tips and warnings

  • If a track is copy protected with DRM, you'll need to use Windows Media Player or Creative Media Lite to transfer the file.

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