Creative Technology has launched a new mini MP3 player it hopes will compete with the iPod shuffle. The £49.99 2GB Creative ZEN Stone Plus includes a tiny screen for the first time. Available in six high-gloss colours - black, white, red, blue, pink and green - the MP3 player also includes a FM radio, clock, stopwatch, voice recording function, and customisable equaliser settings.

The Creative ZEN Stone Plus can also hold up to 500 MP3 songs encoded at 128kbps, giving a battery life of up to 9.5 hours from a single charge. A Creative TravelSound ZEN Stone speaker system, available in black or white will follow in July.