I have a budget ot 200-300 dollars (hypothetically speaking). I generally only listen to mp3, although i have most of my library stored in flac and other lossless formats. That would be neet if there was another friendly portable player like my ipod that i could run with and take with me everywhere like i do this one.
Overall i think the most important things are: reliability, durability, (able to be shaken, dropped, or sat on), and huge library size; holds a ton of music (possibly in lossless or mp3?).
Most of the time I listen to it on my desktop, but its nice to not be confined to one space. Its hard for me to see any other digital player atm, but i'll try to be open minded! Btw I have http://www.amazon.com/Twelve-South-BookBook-leather-Classic/dp/B009ZT25VE/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1361403373&sr=8-6&keywords=Bookbook this case. I doubt i'll find another portable player that will fit into it, but i like this one because it holds all my important cards and stuff. It's pretty neet!
I look forwrd to your suggestions!
Btw if it means anything, i have Bose AE 2 audio headphones. So if these arent headphones made to hear the difference of flac then that's just as well. I've already been-there, & done-that with headphone upgrading.
Edited by Hifi Man - 2/23/13 at 6:57am