"Pretty darn good little player"4.0 starson by Ozarkette
Pros: Capacity, ease of use, size, reliability and good value
Cons: Lack of AC charger, furnished earbuds a bit large, support
Summary: I am a 50 yr old woman, and this is my first player. I'm pretty techy (30 years of PCs)--which is good, because the out of box instructions neglect to tell you you need to unlock the player! Once that hurdle is jumped, the rest is pretty much a self-explanatory breeze. Dumped the shipped content, and added my own content manually--never into top 40, so mostly it isn't available as downloads. Works fine for this, since I don't care about keeping albums together, or song order. Audio quality of furnished buds is OK, but they are physically too big, and hurt my ears. Navigation ring and side buttons are really neat once you get used to it. Full-sized guy might find them difficult.
Still looking for a good quality *single* earphone to use at work--we cannot have both ears blocked--have a kludge going with a 1/8 to 1/8 stereo to mono plug with a cheapie radio earplug--audio quality is pretty pitzy.
Unit ran 10 hours straight with power to spare. Probably will run longer--this was not end of power.
Unit runs the car cassette converter to car speakers fine.
There is no dedicated AC to USB charger available. Asked Sandisk for Voltage/amperage of battery--was told 3.7V and amperage was 'proprietary'. They insist you have to charge the unit through the XP computer; however my 98SE box (which detects it as new hardware but there is no suitable driver) will charge the battery thru USB, so likely the charger regulator is in the player. Found out that most USB connectors are 5V 500mA-- Disney (of all people) has a 5V 500mA Disney Mix Stick AC to USB converter which I am using.
With the silicone jacket, everyone mistakes it for an iPod. Even though it comes with an ad for Rhapsody, it's doing just fine with Walmart downloads of a few songs I didn't own .
The FM radio isn't so hot--tends to pull in Rock/Rap stations much better than country/eclectic. Cannot get a couple of 5KW stations I listen to easily on other tiny radios.
Haven't used the other video/photo features yet.