A few weeks after getting my Creative Zen V Plus mp3 player, I've filled it with over 7 gigs of the best music I own, plus a few hundred more songs I downloaded from from Napster during a free 30-day trial. When I started to run out of A-list music, I turned to photos.
The player's screen is only 1.5 inches, so the quality leaves much to be desired, however I quickly set up and filled the following folders:
- Friends and Family
- Food – photos of tasty restaurant meals and home cooking
- Just for Fun (aka Random) – satellite photo of my office building, totaled Jetta from '05, kickflip (above), etc
- Sports – a few shots from DC United and NY Yankees games
- Travel – some of my favorite photos from Washington, DC (home), Europe and Central America
As I transferred the photos, I realized the importance they may play for me on the road. In the olden days, I'm quite sure backpackers would carry a few photos of home and family to keep them company while away for long periods of time. Given we've entered the digital age, it makes sense to use the photo viewer feature of mp3 players (and digital cameras if you prefer). Also, I realized it will make it easier to share a little more about me with others (should someone feign interest of course).
Setting a bunch of photos to slide show mode, while a sappy song plays along, will surely be a comfort when I'm feeling lonely.
PS – When I bought the player, I thought I'd be able to store photos from my camera on it, as well as add music during my travels. While there is a drag and drop feature, the music, photos, and video I store in this manner will not be accessible from the player. Basically, it functions as extra storage capacity unless I have access to the Creative software.