It's a week late, but Creative finally released the promised firmware update that fixes the battery rundown problem. You can access the 1.10.02 firmware starting from here.
New features include:
- driverless charging: plug into any USB port, and push the Micro's switch to Hold.
- quicker charging both from AC and USB
- longer playback time at higher bitrates (11+ hours playback time at 192kbs tracks.)
- unit shuts down after 4 hours (instead of the previous 24-hour wait) for longer standby battery life.
Oops! After people began installing the firmware update, they began experiencing problems, like the battery dying when the headphones are left plugged in. Creative pulled the update from their Web site, saying that you should re-install the older 1.02.05 if you experience problems.