I'm a cheapskate when it comes to mp3 players. Between us (and our kids), we've tried probably 5-6 different MP3 players in this general price range (25-30). They have all been a bust, until we found these Coby ones.
The problems we usually have (but DIDN'T have with this one) are:
1. the players don't work well with windows media player (we had one brand that only allowed us to sync one song at a time... unplug, re-plug... sync next song)
2. you can't play things in the order/group you want (eg it won't shuffle, it ONLY shuffles, you can't use playlists, etc)
3. the players won't charge, won't hold a charge, go through batteries like crazy, etc.
4. no color display/text-only
5. awful menus
6. manual is incomprehensible or not included
7. they die after a month
When we finally got sick of the parade of misfits, we came across these, crossed our fingers - and we love them!
Unlike most other super cheap MP3 players, they have a small color screen that will display video and photos.
The software that is included is easy to use (granted, we're very computer literate).
You can use the included software (we usually do) or just open the folders via Explorer, and drag and drop.
It supports lyric display.
You can sort the music in a bunch of different ways (including by genre!).
The manual is in easy to understand English.
The menu system is logical.
We have only two complaints after using these for about 4-5 months:
--Like most MP3 players, it doesn't have a removable/replaceable battery, and must be plugged directly into the computer to recharge. Not so great if you're away from home. I doubt this would be a dealbreaker for most people since this is very common.
--The OFF button must be held down for a long time, 3-5 seconds, AND THEN RELEASED, before the player will power off. At first we would hold it down for a long time waiting for the screen to shut off, then remember and let go and it would immediately power off. Then, once we were used to it, we often find ourselves pulling the button down, then letting go too early, only to find we have to do it again. I suppose eventually we'll get the hang of it!