Many people don’t want video on a player, and a basic alphanumeric LCD display would suffice. Some talk about thinness and small size, but how large is the size of a Fuze plus an external charger that uses 4 AA batteries?
Are you kidding me? Where have YOU been? it seems like 2 out of every 3 posts here revolve around putting videos on the Sansa (regardless of models) or more accurately, HOW to successfully put videos on these players or the many ways people have tried and it doesn’t work! There are many, many, multi-paged threads on this 1 subject alone!
This is definitely a highly-desired feature among those who buy such devices. Myself, I couldn’t care less; the screen is way too small to make it anymore than a novelty in my mind, but there are people out there ready to kill or be killed for this feature, buy or don’t buy!
The majority of people also want a small, thin player. That has nothing to do with the combined ‘bulk’ of having an external charger that may or may not use batteries. That’s different subject. You don’t have to carry around the charger in your pocket, only have it close by or accessible if you run short of juice in your player.
All the players (or the majority of them anyway) are getting smaller & thinner, instead of larger & bulkier. It’s what people (again, the majority) want.
You have every right to your opinion, but if you’ve noticed (and whether you like it or not), you are in the minority (at least here on the forum) in what you deem the ‘perfect’ player. Manufacturer’s build what they determine will sell the best, not what would even re-coup design costs, let alone manufacturing, marketing, distribution, support, etc. costs. If it ain’t gonna mak’em money, they ain’t gonna do it. Plain & simple.
Here’s an idea for you though. Why don’t you just put this in your sig. Look at all the time you would save in re-typing it all the time.
Imo Sandisk should also make a model that is a between the size of the Clip and Fuze but that runs on one AAA battery, has a card slot, no video, a basic small low power alphanumeric screen that is on all the time the player is on(LCD?), a clip on the back, and no USC connectivity.