We’ll have to agree to disagree on the right time issues. That it’s that way in the E series doesn’t mean that it’s right. If the fuze is in the same family as the view then there is a stronger argument that they should work the same. IMO the right time should be a static playlength value and the left count up to that value.
I think it’s kind of silly to argue or disagree over a + or - symbol, or even the absence of a symbol. You say tom a to and I say to mah to. The fact is that’s how SanDisk programmed it. Maybe they put the minus symbol there to indicate that the time is counting down. Mathematically in-correct maybe, and yes, they probably could have just as easily left a ‘static’ total track time there, but they didn’t. If you see it as a ‘bug’ then so be it. I’m not trying to diminish your objection; I’m simply just trying to convey that it was obviously done the way it is intentionally. For the reasoning behind it, you’d have to ask the firmware development team.
The Fuze is a direct descendent of the ‘E’ series. It shares the same processor as the v2 model. The View is an entirely different beast altogether. SanDisk had plenty of opportunities to change this with the ‘E’ series v1, v2, Clip Rev. 1 & Rev. 2, and the Fuze Rev. 1 & Rev. 2. And at any time during any of the multiple firmware updates of any of these models, this would have been a simple thing to ‘adjust’. They chose not to. Right, wrong, or indifferent, they obviously just don’t see it as a problem, or something to be corrected.
You are certainly welcome to post this issue in the Product Feature Suggestions board. SanDisk doesn’t add or take action on every idea suggested, but they do listen to and consider valid requests or enhancements. I don’t know your programming expertise, but if it really bothers you, maybe you could change the line or two of code affecting this and then it wouldn’t ‘bug’ you.