"Good player, but it has its warts"3.5 starson by ivangimpo
Pros: Audio quality
You can turn it OFF off
Cons: Picky with ID3 tags
Interface needs some work
Folder navigation is pretty weak
Summary: The positives have been covered in other reviews, so I'll just cover the negatives. Let me be clear though, there are plenty of positives, and I'd definitely recommend this player to anyone.
ID3 tags - I loaded up about 12 gigs of music onto my player, only to find out that most of the songs were sorted as Unknown Artist and Album. A bit of research indicated that the Fuze does not like any fancy ID3 tagging. You have to use ISO encoding and version 2.3 without long entries in the COMMENT field. Yeah, so I had to retag ALL my music (a relatively painless process with the right software, I used mp3tag) and then RELOAD all the music to my Fuze. It's not a big deal if you know to do it in advance, but it was a hassle to find out after the fact. These same tags had worked flawlessly in every other mp3 player I've used.
The interface is weird. It seems that sometimes, clockwise means scroll up, sometimes it means scroll down. Some simple things require a few more clicks and inputs than I'd desire. Turning on shuffle, for instance, requires a click on the bottom of the wheel, scrolling to shuffle, hitting the center button, scrolling to On, and then another center click. It still only takes a few seconds, but it could definitely be easier.
And the proprietary connector. This should be illegal, with the standard USB already so functional, stylish, and basically perfect. The Fuze ships with a cable that locks into place, and requires you to push in two buttons to remove...unfortunately, one of the buttons is inaccessible with headphones plugged in.
The unit also seems kinda slow to update its library.
All that said, don't let my focusing on the negative deter you from buying a Fuze. Right now, it's got the best bang for the buck at the low end of the market, and still manages to pack in features that the iPod lacks (well, ok, it has a radio so I can listen to my hippie NPR stuff).