Yes, I know that what I'm looking for is more conventionally referred to as an "MP3 player" but nothing that flies under that moniker seems to suit my (I wouldn't have thought esoteric) needs:
1. It needs to function natively, without drivers or special software, as a flash drive on all major OSes (i.e. it should use UMS rather than MTP or iTunes). No needing to hold down the menu button for twenty seconds to enable UMS mode or needing to install warranty-nullifying third party firmware or anything like that.
2. It needs to charge and tranfer via a built-in USB jack. I don't want to have to haul around cables (or worse batteries) in order to recharge the thing or to get data on or off of it.
That's it. Once upon a time, these things were de rigeur
for MP3 players. I understand that fashions have changed, but surely someone is still offering a product like this. The last MP3 player I was happy with was a Samsung YP-U1Q
. If I could buy another one of those, I would be perfectly happy (2 gb is enough for me, though that's probably the lower limit). But no one seems to have them in stock anymore and I'd rather not buy used (I've had bad luck with used electronics). I guess that's another requirement: It must be available new and with a warranty.
Still, doesn't seem like all that much to ask...