Originally Posted by Szadzik
Cowon J3, Sony NWZ-A86x if you are looking for the best.
Cowon is not as well built as Sony, but has a MicroSD slot and reads FLAC.
I like them both, but for some reason I can't find them for sale. Also, it seems they're a bit too expensive for me, thanks for the advice though! Much appreciated :)
Originally Posted by PurpleAngel
Might try posting this question on the website anythingbutipod.
You can get a Sandisk Sansa Clip Zip 4GB with a 32GB micro-SD flash memory add on, total under $65.
I switched from the Clip Zip for a Sony E series (16GB) because the Sony had the bigger screen (I have 48 year old eyes).
Both the Clip Zip and Sony sounded good to me
Also check out the web site Rockbox.
Thanks for directing me to anythingbutipod, I'm gonna look around there as well. Also, I really do like the Clip Zip for it's price. The whole Sony Walkman stuff is really confusing, these are either discontinued, pricey, or just hard to find. Because of that I'm pretty sure I'll end up with a Sansa.
Originally Posted by skamp
You can install Rockbox
on your iPod - no more iTunes, and you will be able to use more codecs, like FLAC.
I tried that actually ^^ Didn't work...maybe I just messed up somewhere, but I'm one of those people who really don't like to change a default, just annoys me.
Originally Posted by Sefelt103
Welcome to the forum. Th iPod Classic if its a 5th generation is probably the best in the Classic range and has many advantages over other players in terms of availability, parts etc. Unfortunately searching for another player like this but a bit more modern with a touch interface becomes very difficult. Newer players are flash memory based and that means lower capacities. Newer players also tend to have significantly longer battery life which doesn't adversley affect sound quality with earbuds/iems but tends to degrade over the ear headphone listening. There are no players with very high grade electronics and high storage capacity. Neither are there any players with very high grade electronics (high sound quality) and long battery life except for perhaps some tablets. Cowon players have long battery lifes but are usually rather expensive and often have poor interfaces. HiFimans are also expensive, supposedly good sound quality with the resulting short battery life but low capacity. The Sansa Clip is highly rated for sound quality but battery life is quite short due to the size of player/energy sapping electronics. None of the aforementioned have anything like the style of Apple products and all will involve sacrifices or compromises of some kind.
Thanks for the welcome :3 Yeah most of these MP3 players were all released some years ago which I don't have a huge problem with. Even though none of them have Apple's design I'm pretty set with the Sansa, looks great, should last awhile, simple, and really cheap!
Alright well thank you all for the feedback, it was a great help! I'm definitely not leaving this forum anytime soon.