Samsung YP-U3 1 GB
The Samsung player is definitely advisable. The menu is easily understandable an self explanatory. These are the options:
Music: Choose Artist, Album, Song, Genre or Play list
FM Radio: Integrated radio with generally good connection
Settings: Shuffle or normal play modus, user button, time, language and System
The sound quality is really convincing even when bis speakers are used. The provided headphones are a great - by far the best I had.
It has however one downside, Samsung advertises a 15 hour battery life, mine however lasts for 9 hours max. You can charge the mp3 player via the USB connection with your computer . it takes roughly 1 hour till it is fully charged.
No wires are required as uploading music on the player also works via the integrated USB connection.
Samsung offers you a free program with which to upload the music - in appearance and function similar to ITunes. It's not only good in combination with your player, it also makes playing and organising your music collection really simple.
I bought this MP3 player about 6 months ago and I have to say I've been very impressed with the design and robustness of it. I use it predominantly at work using a 3.5mm twin ended jack lead to plug it into computer speakers.
On the plus side: The sound quality is excellent, it is easy to use and stores more than enough music for me to play it on shuffle all day without it repeating itself. It has an in-built USB plug that flicks out of the end of the player with the press of a button and makes hooking it up to the PC really easy. Once plugged in file transfer can be made by simply dragging and dropping. It seems to be very robust, I'm not the kind of person to wrap things like this up in cotton wool and, so far, it has taken all that I've thrown at it without damage. One major positive, the voice recorder is really good quality. I spend a lot of time in Skype conferences between colleagues at other universities and use it to record the conversations so that I can make notes later. It has been perfect for this purpose and much cheaper than a digital dictaphone.
On the down side: The touch pad can be a bit of a nuisance, not always as sensitive as you might like and yet able to detect the slightest breath of air when you don't want it to! Not a problem if you remember to lock it off using the "hold" button. The USB plug is a slim plastic affair and I imagine if you weren't careful with it it might be easy to snap it off, however I haven't so far by simply being careful where I plug it in. The one major complaint I have is that, like many cheaper MP3 players, the shuffle mode isn't a true shuffle. You select "songs" and it will play through every song on the player in an order that doesn't correspond to album or artist but the order will always be the same. It's a minor gripe really.
On the whole I would say it's a great little player for the money, not the cheapest around but then I bought it's predecessor off ebay for £10 cheaper and it was awful! I would recommend it to someone looking for an economical first player.