Different perspective, different choice
I also use my Sansa as a audio jukebox. I never use it for video and only occasionally use it for photos, so the 4GB flash size isn't an issue. I did add a miniSD card to enable me to record notes, lectures, etc. Finally, I actually have little use for a portable MP3 player. I have music on my computers at home and work. If I'm on a job at another computer, I have a USB flash drive with all my essential music on it. In my car, I have a CD player which plays MP3 CD-Rs, so I have all the music that will fit on 740MB. That's not as much as the Sansa, but it's enough. I have a bad heart so I can't run or exercise very much. That just leaves walking. If I'm shopping, being a typical male I'm in and out as fast as possible. If I'm just walking, I usually have my wife and/or my Saint Bernard to keep me company. Besides, I don't need something that will keep me from hearing cars, sirens, etc.
The playback quality of any MP3 player depends primarily on what's plugged into the jack. Ear buds are convenient for some people, but I consider them pretty much useless. I use some decent quality headphones instead. Given the quality inherent in the available transducers, I see little use for comprehensive audio controls (balance or equalization) on the MP3 player.
I've never bought into the subscription music service business model so there's no iTunes or Rhapsody for me. My primary source of audio tracks is ripping them with EAC from my personal CD collection. If I don't have a CD, I buy tracks as I want them from either Amazon or Emusic - and I buy them first for my computer, not my MP3 player. The truth is I listen to much more music with Winamp (Windows) and Audacious (Linux) than on my Sansa. Transferring files (music or photos to the Sansa or recordings from the Sansa) is as easy as using a USB flash drive.
AM is likewise a non-issue for me. I don't follow sports, I despise talk radio and I don't care to hear ranting holy rollers or non-English broadcasts, so there's nothing on AM I care about. News? I can get it from NPR which is available on FM.
Album art? Who cares?!? The best portable MP3 players have QVGA displays, so pictures of any sort are inherently compromised by the small size and lack of resolution. Besides, why should anyone care to see what the cover of the album they're listening to looks like? It's the music itself that counts.
Given my needs and tastes, Sansa offers all I need or want from an MP3 player. As for others, the disclaimer "your mileage may vary" applies...
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