Archos is about to release the 605 which while filled with alot of extra also has and fits all the criteria you asked for. I have the achos av500 and while I have not had a problem the last two year I think I just really want this upgrade. Check out www.archos.com and the forums at www.archosfans.com
I've bought my Archos Jukebox Studio 20 several years ago from Ebay, used. For the past year or so it has been having problems - the screen tends to show gibberish and then all text disappears completely, at some point it started freezing after some play time and had to be shut down and turned on again, and today it refused to even turn on, making strange noises on the headphones while at it.
I've been thinking of buying a new player for a while now, but I have some demands that no player seems to be able to fill:
1. Size - has to be over 20 GB (my Archos is almost full).
2. Simplicity - I can't stand having to use another program to upload and download files to my mp3 player. I want a player that, like the Archos, can simply be plugged in and be recognized as another drive on the computer. I also want it to play any mp3 file on it, as sorted by file names and directories, without relying on id3 tags or anything like that.
3. Durability - it has to be tough, though that is not as important as the above, since I think most players are sturdy enough for my kind of use.
4. Price - I want something in the area of 100$-200$, but will go up to 300$ if no other choice presents itself.
Video, photo, radio and recording capabilities are not in the least bit interesting to me. They might be an added bonus, but by themselves aren't a winning argument.
Anyone has any ideas?