I heard the itouch has 'bad quality' I dont believe but is the sansa really better?
I wanna buy the 5g ipod touch, and if this is true I might just spend my 300 elsewhere
I have the sansa zip (rockbox mod) and love everything about it. It is also < $40. My wife has an iphone and we love it. It is > $300 but it is much more than a portable player (same could be said of an ipod touch)
What do you mean by better? Better sound? What headphones are you planning to use with your player? Are most of your files mp3s, wavs, flacs...? What did you hate about your fuze?
If its only for music, the Touch is a bit expensive. If you want other stuff, then I doubt there's an alternative.
Similarly, the Classic is the storage king, the only choice if you want high storage capacity.
If the above two don't apply, then a clip+ or a clip zip + SD Card + Rockbox is a bargain.
i did my darndest to find any iota of difference in sound quality between an ipod touch and a clip zip, then i bought a cypher labs algorhythm solo and did my darndest to hear a difference between that rig and my clip zip. same when comparing my home computer rig via an objective dac and objective amp via foobar and wasapi.
i finally came to the conclusion that there was none, and if there was, the difference was so minute that i would never ever know the difference anyway.
maybe some players out there are skewed in their sound reproduction, and oddly you mostly hear that about there really expensive ones, but otherwise, creating a player that just plays correct, flat response, is not really that hard.
The only player left in my rig that i actually use is my clip zip. simply because its the most convenient, and it sounds incredible with the right headpones and right eq settings via rockbox.
I would get an ipod touch then.
I'm still wondering what headphones you are planning to use though. Differences between the players maybe relatively large or small depending on the headphone.
The Sansa clip/zip is the only player I know in that regard, it has the lowest output impedance among most players, meaning you can plug in low impedance IEMs (as low as 10 Ohms).
But in general, they're all similar, designed for 30-60 Ohms.
If you spend top dollar on headphones, you might need to spend more on a decent Amp. The HD800 might not be easy to handle for an ipod given it's relatively high impedance. That said, some Sony's might not be too hard to handle. Depends on the model and headphone type.