I own one of these things.
It may not look like nothing special especially since nowadays you can get really high-tech gadgets and for reasonable prices.
however, this mp3 player is simple, lightweight, very easy to use, not bad regarding storage (4GB.. which may not sound like much, but let's face it, how many people listen to all the music on their mp3 everyday? I personally only listen to the same 5-10 songs even though I have hundreds on it.)
Another advantage.. I am clumsy and things drop very often. This thing has gone through the washing machine cycle at least 3 times, been sat on hundreds of times, fell down the stairs, fell out of pants or jacket pockets, slid over surfaces carelessly with other objects while dusting (or whatever), the accidents are endless, and it survived a lot of situations since 2008.
Still using it (also as a pendrive since it has a USB connecting cable) and I haven't bought anything since this Mp3 player (and I do not own a smartphone either, so No I don't play songs on my phone)
This is just my opinion. Hope it helps. Any questions, leave a mssg.