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I believe I may have found the perfect mp3 player for me:

It's the Sansa Fuze. It gets great reviews online and is so popular at Best Buy that they are actually sold out! And it holds 8gb for about $80. They are expecting a new shipment of them in by Thursday.

It appears that it actually lets you create subfolders which is what I need from an mp3 player more than anything. If for some reason if it doesn't it turns out Best Buy actually lets you return electronics even after you open them. Had I purchased my Zen mp3 player from Best Buy instead of Amazon I could have returned it when I found out it can't do subfolders. Guess what Amazon, you just lost me as a customer forever. Hello Best Buy, I will be making ALL of my electronics purchases from you from now on.


I have one of these. I have the 4gb model. The nice thing is you can add an 8gb Micro SD card and voila you have extra storage.

I love mine... I've had it for a couple of years. Definitely worth the money.
Be sure to compare prices. :-) Best Buy is known for really high prices on a lot of things.
I did notice Best Buy charges slightly more than other places. But Best Buy is also the only place I know of that lets you return it after you open it if it doesn't do what you want it to do. And given by bad experience with the Zen (I had to sell it brand new at a $50 loss) I would rather pay more to purchase from a store that accepts opened returns than get a bargain and be stuck with it like I was with the Zen.
That's what I have! (The 8GB model)

It's also the one I recommended to you on your previous search.(The problem I had at the time was figuring out how to convert video to a suitable format, but since then they have a handy utility for it).

I am Anti-iAnything (ie anti iPod, iPhone, iwhatever) so anything out there that does what I want I will recommend...

Yes, it does handle sub folders. I haven't tested to see how deep it will go with folders, but on my I have some folders that are at least "Artist\Album" ie. like a folder for Janet Jackson, then under that folders for Contol, Velvet Rope, Janet, Rhythm Nation, etc...
I totally forgot you recommended this! I bet I got super busy and didn't have a chance to look up your recommendation and then forgot about it. That's so the story of my life.

Do you know if you can tell it to shuffle play only the songs within a certain subfolder? That's SUPER important for my classes!
The Settings are on a different menu, so you can't tell it to shuffle a specific folder.

You can however turn shuffle on, then Navigate to that folder and it will shuffle only those songs...which is what I am guessing you need. I just tried it on mine to make sure it works...
Okay, to confirm:

1. I can turn shuffle on
2. I can go to the subfolder that has all the practice songs for my class
3. Once I'm there it will only shuffle and play the songs in that practice song folder?

I believe we have a winner!!
You should also get a USB Micro-SD card reader so you can copy music directly from your computer to the Micro-SD card (Usually comes with SD adapter and Micro-SD Card). You can play mp3's copied directly from your computer, but you have to convert the video to some odd Sansa format first...
Is 8 GB enough storage??? I have a 60GB that ran out of room! If I were teaching a class that needed lots of music I would want at least 20GB. Unless you plan on switching it up once in a while from music stored on your computer.
Sadly that is the most memory this model comes with. But as etherpunk mentioned it has a slot for memory cards. So I can just bring any extra music on memory cards and pop them right in to play them.

Also I'm not nearly the music connoisseur you are. I'm not sure I even own the 2,000 song limit this thing holds.
I also have this model (8gb Fuze), and recommend it :)
Once I got it I went to the sansa website, and downloaded a firmware upgrade that gives better file/folder navigation, but I got mine last year - hopefully yours comes with the newer firmware already installed.

The only drawback I've found with it for dance is that it doesn't seem to offer speeding up or slowing down the music - which is a really useful feature for ballroom practice. (However, most players don't offer that unless you throw out their factory firmware and run rockbox on them.)