Sandisk is a very good choice, they have a few models. I have had an E260, for almost 3 years. Works perfectly and I've abused it (dropped, greasy, dirty, stepped on by a cow (in soft sand)). The E series like mine have a slot for memory upgrade, work as a good quality voice recorder, FM tuner, etc. The battery in this series is also user replaceable if it wears out (mine still holds close to full charge ~20 hours). They have good deals on refurbished ones once in a while. I just drag and drop files to the player, like a flash drive. It supports playlists but I've never used that. I'm looking at a bigger capacity Sansa Fuze as an upgrade (that model looks good too). A smaller one like the Clip would be a good choice. I haven't looked lately, but Creative was making good players too. ...my player also supports Rockbox, I used it for a while but ended up going back to factory, at the time I liked the factory better for voice recording.