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Possibly, but things level off as well.  A replaceable battery allows ME to choose whether I want to upgrade (or sidegrade) or not, instead of being forced to.  Just because something exists that is better doesn't mean I'm not still satisfied with what I have.   I don't quite get your other two points.  I feel I'd be more likely to take care of something that can last longer than something that is by design disposable.  And I don't see why it would affect the warranty....
Except you have the extra bulk, and once the internal battery dies you'll always need the external solution, or else you'll have to go find the perfect player yet again.  Constantly throwing away working devices just because of battery death is wasteful and expensive.  Perhaps I'm missing some engineering advantage but I don't understand the point of a purposefully non-removable battery unless the device is made to be waterproof or something. Or, cynically, someone wants...
Cool, yeah, those would be great.  Just like with cameras, it's nice to be able to swap the battery out and not have to wait for something to charge.  I didn't know those batteries existed - one more thing to hope for and (probably) never see, I guess.  Having lots of devices that use the same battery is nice, too.  
I follow a bunch of (metal) sites in my RSS reader, and they have reviews and links to new singles/videos/etc. If it sounds interesting I'll try to bring up the Bandcamp page ideally, or a sample on YouTube or Facebook if not. Bandcamp is great because often there's the whole album available. Sometimes one song isn't enough for me to get a feel for a band.
I miss my iAudio G3 in that regard. It was powered by a regular AA battery and lasted 40+ hours. Plus if a battery went dead I'd just swap in another (I had two rechargeable AAs for it). I'd still use it if it weren't for the fact that it only had 2GB of storage. I do like that the X1 leaves storage totally up to me.  Maybe AA can't deliver enough current for a higher-end piece like this, but a standard-sized (to the extent they exist) replaceable li-ion would be great....
I wrote Sandisk this month and they said "Our Sansa Clip+ and Clip Zip both are being manufactured currently." How long that will continue to be true I don't know. As for SD card size - if I can get it all to fit why not? I don't see any point of not having everything I own available at all times. I really don't see what the "charge cycle" has to do with it - I'm not going to change music every time I charge it. (I used to deal with that when I had a 2GB Cowon G3, and...
 I have been using a Rockboxed Zip for a couple of years and really like it.What constitutes "formatted correctly"? And do you know if the Clip Zip handles 128G cards as well? Currently I swap 32G cards occasionally, which is tolerable only because Rockbox allows a library-free mode, which means I don't have to wait for it to scan the card after I swap. But having only one card would be nice, even though I still won't use the library.My only problem with it is that the...
Foobar2000. While it is customizable, you don't have to do any of that, so don't be scared off. I have done virtually nothing except make the play/pause button on my keyboard go to Foobar for convenience.
My favorites from the linked list are Russian Circles "Enter" and Red Sparowes "Every Red Heart Shines Toward The Red Sun". Neither have vocals. The former's a bit heavier. Really besides Tortoise and Stereolab I haven't heard much from that list, so I'll have to do some research as well! I second Pelican as well.
This might not help, but you probably cannot be proved wrong. I also think you've listed most of the competitors. I've not heard of Laika or Archive but like all the rest. It's not a huge genre. Maybe try Goldfrapp "Felt Mountain"? Looking at the music map I can say I very much enjoy Air, which isn't really trip-hop but is closest on the map. I also like Thievery Corporation.
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