Chiefly - simplicity, straightforward ability to drag and drop files HIGHLY preferred. My wife has Zune, and I hate it. I don’t want to dick around with some new GUI. I mostly sort my files into albums already, and when I don’t it’s because I want them unsorted. I don’t want the player to try to on its own, and then dick it all up because lots of versions of songs I have are technically from other albums and releases.
EXAMPLE: If I have a Led Zeppelin folder in Windows that has 80 unsorted Led Zep MP3s on it, I want to be able to dump that folder into my player and be able to play from that folder exclusively, as well as throwing those songs into a master playlist of all my songs. Kind of like an MP3 player that’s as simple and straightforward as Winamp.
around 30 gigs or more is great
Durable. I baby my stuff, but I’d also wear it to the gym.
Long battery life.
some basic CD ripping software would be a big bonus
So what fits my criteria? I never kept up with this tech. Is what I’m describing one of the iPods, something from Rio? I dunno. Please help.