I was a big fan of the iPod classics and have been more than a little put out since Apple stopped making them. My much-loved 160gb classic recently died and I've been looking for something to replace it with. I came across this little MP3 player and figured it was worth giving it a shot, especially considering the price.
I was a little surprised by how small this thing is - it makes my iPod look huge by comparison. It came fully charged out of the box, which was unexpected but nice since it let me start playing with the thing right away. With 8gb of onboard storage this is much too small for my desires, but you can upgrade that up to 64 gb by using a microSD card. (I like to carry a lot of variety on my device for road trips.) Getting the card to stay in is a bit tricky - it takes a little bit of force to get it to catch in the slot. The ability to switch out the memory card helps make up for not having as much memory as I used to on my old iPod.
Putting files on it is a breeze - just copy from your computer to the card. I put on a couple of albums from my music library on my office computer and they copied and played with no problem. Same with podcasts I had taken off of iTunes, so no problem there either. The only problem I have come across is that it doesn't want to play my audiobooks from Audible, but I'll have to go back and see if there's an option to download the books again as mp3 files. (I'd be very surprised if there wasn't.)
Really, the only disappointment I've had with this little player is using it with the external speakers on my desk. They are, admittedly, cheap speakers and do not have built-in amplification. So if you plan to use this with speakers, make sure they're amplified. The sound quality over headphones is very nice, though. I haven't tried it out on the stereo in my car yet - I'll update this if there are any problems with that.
On the whole, I'd definitely recommend this. It's a great buy, easy to use, and does what it's supposed to do.