I need to buy an MP3 player because the brutes that work at my job with me play the most horrible music imaginable on the store’s PA as we work at night. Late-90s whiny-ass R&B (which was obviously the “dating music” of these early-30s people back when they were young and so is being played for nostalgia value,) horrible Adult Contemporary crap like Michael McDonald a-la The Forty Year Old Virgin, Toby Keith - it’s a living hell.
The only way to survive it is to play my own music. A small portable MP3 player seems to be the best way of doing this. So, I need to buy one. What I want to know is, what’s the best one for the money?
I’m pretty dead-set against an iPod because 1. It’s the player that everyone uses and I want to be different, 2. I’m aware that there are lower-cost alternatives like the Sansa and iRiver, and 3. I don’t want to only use iTunes. So, preferably I’d like another brand. I am planning on buying one used on eBay. With this in mind, what are some of the best purchases?