It's time for a new music player. I got a Creative Zen Micro a couple of years ago, and it's been a good little player but the headphone socket has now developed a loose connection and it's getting a bit annoying. It's time to start choosing a successor.
Things I liked about the Zen Micro, which help to shape the criteria I'm using:
All my music is in WMA format and I can't really be bothered with the idea of re-ripping it all or converting to MP3 (a process which would inevitably degrade the sound quality quite some), and I've bought some stuff from MSN Music so would like to be able to carry that forward.
Point 1 (WMA) rules out anything in the iPod range (why won't Apple just get over it and put WMA support on the iPods??), and point 2 (DRM) rules out the Zune for the moment since (almost unbelieveably) it's not compatible with Plays4Sure.
I suppose at some point I'll get a Zune: maybe even when I'm Seattle early next month... but for the moment, I'm leaning towards the Sandisk Sansa range... I did love their "iDont.com" viral advertising on the tube last year, and these devices seem to be getting decent write ups though there are some minor niggles (like no mini-USB, for example).
Buying the right technology and not ending up with an expensive dud or a short-lived manufacturer's folly... it's not easy, is it?