Need help choosing MP3 player

I know very little about mp3 players, and the more I research them, the more confused I get.  I know I don’t want an Ipod and I’ve heard good things about Sansa players, but I can’t figure out which model to get.

Here is a list of what I’m looking for:

512MB or larger (flash not hard drive)
expandable memory
FM tuner with FM recorder (Main feature I want to use - so I can record a radio show and transfer to computer / burn to CD)
Line in (for recording)
Uses standard battery (AA, AAA…) - If I pick it up and the battery is dead, I want to be able to swap it in a few seconds rather than wait for it to recharge and I’d really don’t want to have to plug it into a computer to charge.
drop and drag file transfer

I won’t be using Itunes or other download service only ripped CDs I own

Line In? I don’t think any Sandisk has that feature :frowning:

If you need better help picking a player, try www.anythingbutipod.com. They have great in helping someone like you.  There is a link in my sig.

There are also no Sansas that currently meet all of your requirements, but several come close.

The Sansa e100 has been discontinued, but if you can find one, it may meet your needs. It does not have In Line recording or FM Recording.

Sansa e100 - http://www.sandisk.com/Products/Catalog(1073)-SanDisk_Sansa_e100_Series_MP3_Players.aspx
512mb or 1GB Internal Memory
Expandable Memory (SD card, up to 2GB)
FM Tuner (No Recording)
Supports Drag and Drop in MSC Mode
Uses AAA battery

For Sansa’s currently widely available, I’d say your best bet would be…

Sansa Express - http://www.sandisk.com/Products/Catalog(1226)-SanDisk_Sansa_Express_MP3_Players.aspx
1GB or 2GB Internal Flash Memory
Expandable Memory Slot (MicroSD)
FM Tuner and Recorder
Supports Drag and Drop in MTP Mode
Unreplaceable Li-Ion Battery

Sansa c200 - http://www.sandisk.com/Products/Catalog(1199)-SanDisk_Sansa_c200_Series_MP3_Players.aspx
1GB or 2GB Internal Flash Memory
Expandable Memory Slot (MicroSD)
FM Tuner and Recorder
Supports Drag and Drop in MTP and MSC Mode (a newer version is MTP only)
User Replaceable Li-Ion Battery

Sansa e200 - http://www.sandisk.com/Products/Catalog(1166)-SanDisk_Sansa_e200_Series_MP3_Players.aspx
2GB, 4GB, 6GB or 8GB Internal Flash Memory
Expandable Memory Slot (MicroSD)
FM Tuner and Recorder
Supports Drag and Drop in MTP and MSC Mode
User Replaceable Li-Ion Battery

None have Line-In recording, and all require charging the internal Li-Ion battery using a USB Port.

Just get a Clip! :smileyvery-happy: