Well I needed a new mp3 player and all I can find at the nearest Best Buy was a Clip Sport. I kinda liked my Clip Pluses in spite of the poor software and poor battery life but still, I would have gotten another Clip+ because, well, it’s the devil I know. But there were none in the store and so I bought the Clip Sport.
On getting it home I found the manual online and learned that it only recognizez m3u playlists (not a big deal for me, personally) but that all playlists must be in the same folder as the files they reference! But I have all my music in arranged in folder hierarchies of more or less complexity, and to now have to make new playlists for all of them - and one playlist per folder! - is completely unacceptable.
So the Clip Sport is getting returned tomorrow.