m16a wrote:Sansa m240
is the 1GB version of the Sansa m230 which I have. Its a great little device, runs on a single AAA battery, has FM and recorder. However, like Joel said, if you want play lists(I'm not picky, so I don't care) its tricky to get made up, but the m240(and m230) fit your criteria of holding 100-150 songs and being around 50 dollars. I have had mine for a good 2 years now and its a great little mp3 player. Again, this is just a preference of mine. Its a more simple one than the one I displayed earlier, and maybe you will like it.
I have one of those in front of me right now that is waiting to go back to the store because it totally crapped out on me
I used it for my vacation trip with the wife, loaded ~300 tunes in it for the drive to Newfoundland (about 17hrs) and bought a radio-broadcaster to play it over the truck speakers (a great little device BTW, definitely gets 2 thumbs up from me). We used it for the drive down with 0 problems but for some reason when I went to use it on the way back it started jamming - it would just die in the middle of a song and the only thing that could be done was to remove the battery and put it back in, none of the buttons worked (including power down)... It started out doing it like 30+ songs into the playlist, and you could skip the song it jammed on when you reset - but it quickly progressed to dying in the first 5 songs and you can't even skip it. Luckily I was flying back so it was less of an issue (especially with in-seat XM radio on the plane)
To make things worse when I plug it in to the PC and take a look at the files on it none of the music shows up
The drive is near full but none of the files taking up the space are visible now ??????
Anyways - when I bought the damn thing for my wife last Christmas I bought the in-store extended warranty so it is going back as soon as I am in that neighbourhood again (already replaced the original unit once - a different brand - because the Hold button decided to stick in the On position)...