While you raise valid points, those points are raised with a bias - that being that you would buy one, as would I.
But with the masses still happy to listen to ****ty MP3s, we are still a niche market. Some companies happily live off the niche market. Sony once had a thriving product range for the niche markets too but somewhere along the line, they felt it was costing them more to stock them, comply with other countries' rules and regulations, etc. The result being a more restricted business model with less risk.
I, for one, hope I'm wrong about the whole thing but I've succumbed to having to import in order to get what my heart (and senses) desire.
"If it sounds good to you, that's all that matters. " - Artstar