A few years ago, if you wanted an mp3 player you were spoilt for choice by people wanting nothing more than to let you give them large sums of money.
I lost my Cowon iAudio player about 6 months ago and have had a few goes at trying to find a replacement, but have given up each time. What I want is:
- Ogg and flac support
- A reasonable amount of space
- A non-intrusive user interface
You'd think this wouldn't be so hard. The final point is probably the killer; most devices now think I want a touchscreen. I am not entirely sure what the logic is behind forcing me to *look* at a device that's supposed to play music and navigate an annoying interface every time I want to do something trivial like change volume or skip a track, which I'm pretty sure isn't what I want *ever*, but especially not when I'm running.
In the end I have settled on a £35 player because there's just nothing else. It might very well be very good (although I doubt it will be as good as my Cowon was. 40 hour battery life!), but I was wanting to spend more for something better.
This must be one of the rare examples of technology where vendors don't give you the option to spend your money.