somewhere in here is the problem..:
Sony support say:
"Thank you for contacting Sony support regarding your Sony NWZ-Z1060 walkman . We are sorry to learn about the issue that you are encountering.
Initially, we would recommend resetting the factory settings of the walkman by pressing the reset button with a small thin object.
If the issue was not resolved, please be advised that this product is what Sony describes as an 'IWX' product. This term describes a product that is not economic to repair if it fails, and is therefore classified as an 'in warranty exchange' item during the one year guarantee period.
In the event that an IWX product fails during the guarantee, it must be returned to the supplying retailer for examination/exchange. If out of warranty, we recommend that you purchase a new one.
I am sorry I cannot be of greater assistance on this occasion; however I hope that my e-mail has gone some way to clarifying this matter."
So, I'm going super basic, no touch screen, no mucking about for my next dap....just got to find one..
Hopefully this is a one off and everyone else's Z walkman last more than 1.5 years.