There are used Fuzes on eBay. if you think you can resolder the center panel you can probably find an affordable non-working Fuze. But the Fuze was not made to be repaired and reportedly some connections are very delicate.
For me the only things wrong with the Fuze were the proprietary connector–microSB would have been better–and the weakness of the headphone jack. I have two busted Fuzes at the moment–one with headphone jack problems and another in which the microSD card gets loose, causing it to Refresh if the wheel rolls by a certain spot–so I can use it as a 4GB player, nothing more.
I recently got a used Fuze on eBay–working fine so far but not the greatest battery life. Age does affect those batteries.
I’ve always thought the Fuze sounded better than the Clip+, which I got to replace the Fuze. They apparently have the same processor but there’s more amplifier power in the Fuze and I hear a difference; Clip+ sounds narrower, vocals pushed forward a little. I don’t know if the Zip improved on the Clip+ sound.
I wouldn’t count on any new, larger player being introduced. Phones are taking over. And for the video aspect of the Fuze, phones are far better. Unless of course you want to have any battery power at the end of a long day…
JK98, two microSDs would overwhelm the database limitations of the original firmware. Sometimes one does.
And line-out…most people don’t even know what that is, and SanDisk would risk people blowing out their headphones or their ears (that is, lawsuits) by plugging into the wrong outlet. Best you could hope for would be switchable output…and who knows what line-out output would do to battery life. Just saying, don’t count on that.