I am looking to get something soon, and my choice seems to be between the Sansa and something from Creative - the MicroPhoto to get 8GB, or the unavailable-in-this-country Zeeon for 6GB at the same mass as the Sansa. Creative is known for top-flight sound. So, do I drop the Sansa on sound quality or not?
I know, "go and listen to them," but I'd be interested to know if you re-evaluated based on Slaughter's suggetion, or if anyone else had done the evaluation.
What bitrate and codec are you looking at using?
By the way, the Creative software (MediaSource) kicks arse, especially if you have a decent soundcard, becuase you can use it to record stuff from basically any source; that's how I got the Rige Racer Type 4 soundtrack onto my ZEN