The fact that only a handful of people here have reported this problem is irrelevant - this defect, if it really is there, is subtler than other bugs/difficulties users may experience: most of those who’ve noticed it seem to be musicians. And I’m not.
That said, you’re absolutely right: I haven’t tried the Fuze. But I’m looking around, I want to buy a new portable music player, I do not mean to judge this or that model. I read reviews, and try to form an opinion, just like most other customers do. When I read about this, I thought it’d be better to ask here: I still think it was the right thing to do.
You’re right, I can buy it and then take it back if I’m not satisfied, but normally people try to make the right choice immediately, not taking this kind of trial and error approach.
I try to listen to what everyone says. And I might still buy the Fuze, as nothing else really seems to be as good in the same price range, especially thinking about its interface (why’s everyone else going for touch-sensitive interfaces, for example?).
“My Fuze plays everything slower” is a reply that will interest me. “Your Fuze must be defective, because mine plays everything perfectly” is another reply that’ll interest me. Replies such as “no player is that accurate anyway so it really isn’t a big defect” don’t help, though I know that who wrote it was trying to be useful - but it only made me check if what I own has the same inaccuracy, and report back.
Now, I’ve gone through way too many reviews, so maybe I’ll follow your advice, buy a Fuze and see if it’s true or not. See you soon, hopefully with a perfect sounding Fuze.