I intent to use my Fuze a lot for recordings (mostly lectures), so recording quality is important for me.
I tried recording on the one I bought, and I hear a ticking noise (a few ticks a second) and sometimes what seems like electric disturbance if I just record silence. If I recording myself speak, the noise can be heard as well, in the background. No ticking is heard when listening to radio (live or recorded on the player) or music (or lectures recorded on my old c250). I tried three different sets of headphones, including the ones provided in the package. On the ones that came with the package, quality is not as good as with mine, but if you take them partially out of phone jack (which raises the volume), you can hear the ticking.
What’s weird is that the ticking noise is head on both 8 GB Fuze and on 4 GB Fuze which I bought along with it. (Both were bought at Circuit City, if that matters.)
I am not talking about ticking from pushing buttons, moving the players, etc. Nor is it something ticking in the background (a bomb? :), because I tried recording in several rooms, including my quiet bedroom.