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I have switched over to using my smartphone.  It holds up to 50 gigs of storage which is far more than I will ever need.  And, obviously, it doubles as a fun, a computer, a calendar, a game system, etc. all in one package.

 

So to answer your question, the best mp3 player I have found is the Samsung Galaxy Siii.

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I'm totally with you on the Apple/iTunes dislike, TOT!  They're up there with Amazon and the Kindle on my "will not use, your proprietary crap can kiss my ass" list.

 

I had a bad run-in with a Sansa player, so I'm a little leary of them, but it does seem like the Clip+, Fuze and Clip Zip are a vast improvement in terms of quality and technology over it, so they'd probably do fairly well.  (I had a Sansa View and it was terrible - the firmware was crap and the port where the cord connected it to the computer crapped out within 3 months.  I had gotten it because I wanted the video component, but that pissed me off so much I went back to my old Zen Micro that had next to no features, but had been kicked around, dropped repeatedly, and actually STILL works somehow.  Go figure.) 

 

 

Kind of a shame that the Sony ones are so "Meh".  I looked at them, wanted to like one, but the interface annoyed the piss out of me to the point that I decided against it at the time.  Don't have a clue how Creative's mp3 players are anymore, otherwise I'd say to look at them, and the whole "no phone" thing would rule out picking out one of the low-end android phones, never activating it and putting it on airplane mode permanently, otherwise you can find the lower end Virgin Android models for 30-50 bucks.  (They may not have the storage you want on the device, come to think of it, but they definitely would be likely to handle the big microSD cards.  I know mine can handle a 32GB, and the sound on the music player on it is really good, surprisingly.)

 

I can try to ask around to some of my more-tech savvy friends, but I'll have to try to dodge the ones that are rabid Apple fans.  (They keep trying to talk me into an iPhone, which is like LOLWTFNO.)

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Ipod Shuffle.  2nd generation.  Love it.  

 

I use the same player in lime green, I love it too. I've had it since that model was pretty much new, so I don't know what I"ll do when the internal battery inevitably poops. I'll probably get a sansa clip and hang myself in my closet shortly after as a result of the sudden lifestyle change.

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Ipod Shuffle.  2nd generation.  Love it.  

 

I use the same player in lime green, I love it too. I've had it since that model was pretty much new, so I don't know what I"ll do when the internal battery inevitably poops. I'll probably get a sansa clip and hang myself in my closet shortly after as a result of the sudden lifestyle change.

 

 

2nd gen. shuffles, sometimes still brand new in the box, are sold on ebay.

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for a while I used an old phone paired with a fiio alpen amp/DAC (VModas or ATm50s), but i went on one of my legendary crap buying rampages, and now i own an iBasso MP3 player (http://www.amazon.com/iBasso-DX90-Resolution-Connection-Distributor/dp/B00JRGLX3G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1410275752&sr=8-1&keywords=ibasso) which I generally still pair with the fiio (tho whether it makes a huge diff is debatable)... i know this will sound nuts, but after using this device, i don't even like to think about the idea of plugging headphones into a phone. [However, I do still store audiobooks on my phone as the only place I listen to those is in my car... seeing as I ripped out the amps/sub when i started amateur dragging, the sound system is less than stellar - not to mention that my engine makes so much noise, all i need is to be able to hear the book - quality hardly matters. I guess I could put them on my iBasso, but ehh...]

 

So, i guess my fav setup for walking around or general listening is iBasso w/ 3.5mm connected Fiio alpen w/ my vmoda Lp2s* (I know the modas look cheesy, but give 'em a chance. they sound great with anything at any volume and are waaay more comfortable than anything (incl. bose and sennheiser) that i've ever used...)

 

I do truly believe - however - that headphone choice is highly individual. yeah, beats suck no matter what. but once you start comparing the high end cans, it really comes down to personal preference.

 

*http://www.amazon.com/V-MODA-Crossfade-Noise-Isolating-Discontinued-Manufacturer/dp/B005HMBQR2/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1410276309&sr=8-2&keywords=vmoda+lp2

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