I know you don't like the "decreasing battery life" aspect of IPod's, but that is more of an overreaction, see the battery REALLY doesn't start to die until a couple years later of first use, but you can always by a regular battery adapter for it, and, to speak of, all rechargeable batteries do lose power after a while. That is just what makes us human.
As mentioned, I am looking for a MP3 player with no known crippling defects. It's perhaps naive and silly of me, but I resent having to send an MP3 player back for repairs after 12 months or so, so I'm looking for a player with durability and no fatal flaws. So far I have tried (and have been disappointed with):
The Zen Touch 20GB - Charging anyone beyond a years warranty for a *known* defect such as the infamous headphone jack problem left a sour taste in my mouth when it comes to Creative products.
Apple iPod 20GB & Mini - Battery life decreasing to several hours between charges makes this a dubious long term purchase for me.
Other than these two, the others I am considering are the iRiver H10 6GB and the Sony NWA1000S 6GB. Does anyone have any experience with these players beyond a years use?
Also, what are the general thoughts on the Samsung Yepp YP-Z5AB 4 GB? longevity, ease of use, etc