....waiting for the next "hot" thing to come out. I haven't heard any rumors, apart from the "true" video iPod, but you're not interested in that anyway. I may not be listening hard enough, though.
CES is still a little ways off and if your friend wants a player soon, he or she should be happy with what is available now.
You could ask yourself, "what really cool feature should be added to a player that's currently not on any player currently on the market?" and listen for the rumors. If you can't think of anything (I can't right now, at least anything that I would be willing to shell out more bucks for), you may have your answer.
I'm looking to buy an mp3 player for a friend. I have the Vision:M and I thought about getting the same thing for him, but I know that CES is around the corner and there may be a ton even better products to be introduced. I'm not a fan of the Vision:W due to it's size, but I like the horizontal layout. I almost settled on Gigabeat, but you have to go thru a lot to convert a video if its not WMV. And I'm not a fan of the Zune (wish I could be but I can't). Here are my minimum requirements, I hope you guys can help. And while I have nothing against Apple, I'm not in the market for an ipod right now.
FM tuner (FM recording capability nice but not necessary)
I would prefer a horizontal screen format or the ability to switch like the Zune does.
Knowing all this, is there anything out there besides the items I mentioned that would satify my needs right now or should I wait until after CES?