What is the best MP3 player? NOT iPod

I'm looking for an MP3 player, but i don't want to get an iPod. I was thinking the Creative Zen. I was looking around and I saw the 8 gig at Walmart for about $150. (I don't want to be badgered about Walmart or China or whatever) So does anyone have any idea on what should I get. It needs to work with Vista and Windows Media Player.

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thedod7 years ago
IMHO, iRiver are the most open and straight-forward machines.
I hate the trend started by iPad/iTunes where the system arranges the library for you and makes it difficult to do stuff from the file system (the "we know what's best for you" attitude). iRiver has (at least had - last time I checked) a no-nonsense play-folder-sorted-by-filename option, and not having this is a handicap (disguised as progress).
Also - iRiver machines have (at least had) regular AAA or AA batteries and not something proprietary and irreplaceable that dies after 2 years.
LoneWolf7 years ago
If your looking for something cheap (but somewhat nice) try the Sansa Fuze. If your willing to spend $150, you might as well get an iPod Nano 5G 8 gig.
Katarukito9 years ago
heavy.metal.nguyen (author)  Katarukito9 years ago
I really kind find a lot of good in an iPod. Very price, every other person has 2, and I could get more memory in something cheaper. But I have heard good things about Sony Walkman.
Yeah, actually Sony Walkmans are a VERY good brand. I have had nothing but good experiences with Sony.
VIRON xACIDITYx8 years ago
Sony Walkmans haven't been good since 1985, and for the past 9 years they have been putting malware in all their music accessories. NEVER FORGET 2005 SONY ROOTKIT SCANDAL and USB DRIVE VIRUSES and recent Sony SPORE and SIMS ROOTKITs etc. XCP MEDIAMAX SECUROM SUNNCOMM FIRST4INTERNET (But Microsoft and Norton helped them make, and even broke VISTA for them) I boycott ALL OF THE ABOVE
heavy.metal.nguyen (author)  xACIDITYx9 years ago
Thanks for the input.
I remember my friend having a mp3 player, black, that was about the size of a stopwatch with buttons on top and it howed you what song it played. I looked for it everywhere and i could never find it. I always thought that was the best.
cormac30508 years ago
mikeasaurus8 years ago
Sansa fuze.

Simplicity at it's finest. No software, no updates, no special interface, no iTunes.
Works on any platform( Windows XP or Vista, Linux and Mac OS), opens in a simple folder, drag & drop songs.

voice recording
plays MP3, OGG, FLAC, WMA, secure WMA, WAV, Audible, MPEG4
no bogus software to install or use
all for under $80 (4gig version)

slays the iPod in every way.
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