I like mine too.
My battery life is pretty good. Sometimes I charge in the morning before work, listen to all morning at work (I don’t play around with it much, usually shuffle all and skip some songs) then I usually charge during my lunch hour at work and it lasts all afternoon.
I agree on money well spent. I didn’t want to spend an arm and a leg on an MP3 when I planned to use it for music, books, podcasts (then I figured out converting movies and liked that for a while until the novelty wore off). I didn’t know about the expandable memory when I was looking for one, but LOVE that too.