I have two main MP3 players. The new kid on the block, a Sandisk Sansa Clip 8Gb with a 32Gb SD card, holds pretty much all the music I have, works very well, cost me far less than a 40Gb player should have done and, in general, I'm pretty happy with it.
Its downside is that any time I want to mess around with its contents, it's quite time-consuming, mostly because it's a lot of stuff to load into a database. So my old player -- a now venerable Creative Zen V+ 4Gb creature -- is still in fairly constant use as a player of podcasts. I download anything up to about ten podcasts a week (mostly BBC programmes with a side order of Answer me This and The Bugle) to a PC.
I have a "Pods" playlist on the player. The idea is that it's not terribly static. Every so often I delete the podcasts I've already listened to from the player (which automagically removes them from the playlist) then transfer the oldest twenty or so to the player (using the Creative media software to automatically add them to the end of the playlist, more-or-less in chronological order.)
So far so kludgy. (Actually, it works quite well!)
The problem? Well, the player's starting to show its age. In particular, the OLED display is getting dim. It's still readable, but it's a challenge in bright light -- and if it gets much worse, the player's going to be unusable.
So I need to think about a replacement.
Ideally, I want something inexpensive and probably no more than 1-2Gb. But it MUST be reliable with: knowing how far it's got through an MP3 and being able to resume it painlessly at powerup; playing 30-60 minute MP3s without choking; and playlist support for playlists that are externally editable with something like Mediamonkey.
Anyone got any suggestions?