For me, the killer item is the 4 year requirement. The battery is going to fade at 18 to 36 months since this is the limit of the technology at the price people are willing to pay for. The hard disks are better than that, but will not survive those who drop the player to the pavement.
Also, you can kill a LiOn battery by exposing it to subzero temperatures.
Not that I have a grim outlook, but the lifespan is limited and its best we know this going in.
alright ive been looking for an mp3 player but im confused. i have about 1.4 gigs of music [mp3 128kbps]. ive been looking at the rio nitrus but there were too many reviews with the hd failing so i didnt wana risk it. im also thinking of an mp3 cd player but it wont really hold all my music and i want all of it with me.. and i dont like there largeness. im also thinking of a flask player or a hi-md player. but flashplayers dont have much storage. some one help
what i really want is:
something within the price range of 0-180
something that can last at least 4 years
and something that can atleast hold half of my music