> Anyone have any ideas?
I ordered a Coby 4G mp3 player, has not arrived yet. It is the same “all in one” format as the Sansa. It does not have expandable flash and takes a AAA battery, I forget if it can record. I do not know if it is any better, it hardly seems like it could be worse. I used to think SanDisk stuff was great, but based on my experiences with the Sansa player that is downgraded to “junk”: takes forever to turn on when loaded with 3GB of music, hard to use (poor user interface), cannot play while charging, bad random play, easy to corrupt and make unusable. It could be a lot worse, but it could also be a lot better and my guess the competition is better.