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I've the 143 and its very useful. Think of it more as a USB stick that can play music and doesn't need iTunes.
One feature that has been overlooked is the FM tuner. If I'm at the gym I prefer to bring an FM tuner so I can tune into one of the tvs on display, rather then listen to music. Of course the latest gen ipod nano has FM, but at twice the price.
I love my sony w252 as I find it the perfect mp3 player: no wires, great fit, long battery life, splashproof/sweatproof, and decent music quality. I don't miss not having a display as I know what tracks are on each playlist, but then I only have 100 or so tracks on. As Thomasthetanker mentioned, being able to drag and drop is essential!
The Sansa Clip+ also has a display, and additionally has the FM tuner, MicoSD card expansion and no need for iTunes! If you're going to stretch the extra £7-10 it's a better buy than a Shuffle.
A friend of mine has bought this player. Horrible display illumination-song presentation modes Sony picked for this device. Other Sony players i have seen the last 10 years have not this problem.
I agree the Sansa Clip+ is better value and probably a better player overall - I certainly like mine - but I also appreciate the usefulness of being able to plug a PMP directly into a USB port without having to remember a USB lead.
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