I JUST got an mp3 player in May. I never had any intentions of getting one, but I got it used at a great price with 8gb of memory.
What turned the tide for me was thinking of my last nightmare trip down to DC to visit my brother last year and how I longed for some sort of distraction.
So when this player was posted for sale, I bought it. I loaded all the songs that are on my pc hard drive, (well over 400 songs) And went on my trip to DC on June 1st.
It saved my sanity! I had a window seat, next to me was a 6 yr old kid, & behind me in the middle seat was a baby! I pulled the earphones (I hate the ear buds) closer to my head & enjoyed my music!
Does it sound as good as my equipment at home? Not even close. But so long as I can turn it up & block out everything else that would annoy me to no end, I DON'T CARE!
Where is it now? Sitting on top of one of my speakers waiting to go with me on my next trip. That is the only reason why I got it & the only time I use it.
When I'm home, I'm listening to my system. MP3 players have thier place in my life, but only for travel. I will never be one of the endless zombies walking down the street lost in thier little world of compressed music.