-What MP3 player do you have (brand and model)?
Creative Zen NOMAD Xtra (40GB)
-How long have you had your MP3 player?
Almost 3 years, December 2007 will be 3.
-How much memory does your MP3 player hold?
40 GB, internal
-How much did your MP3 player cost you to purchase?
Christmas gift, but they typically went for around $200~$250 then
-How often does your MP3 player malfunction (e.g., freeze up, lose memory)?
Rarely. A few times the machine has had to "recover" the harddrive which took several minutes but it never lost any data in the process. Sometimes when you bang it against something, it will lose short-term memory (but no real data loss). Also, the machine has constantly turned off/reset cycled under harsh/cold temperatures.
-Does your MP3 player use an internal rechargeable battery?
Yes, but it can be removed, replaced. I have not had to replace it yet.
-If your MP3 player has an internal rechargeable battery, how long does it last you? How long is it SUPPOSED to last you?
Lasts long enough even if probably not as long as it used to. After 3 years of much use through leaving it in my car under varying, harsh conditions it's still going strong. Excellent!
-What kind of mechanical user interface (scroll wheel, arrow buttons, touch pad, etc.) does your MP3 player use for you to make your selections?
A "scrolling" switcher on the side with an overall a bare-bones interface but basic and simple. The scrolling isn't entirely inviting though.
-What software does your MP3 player use to support it, and how well does it work (e.g., iTunes, Windows Media Player, Creative Organizer, etc.)
Creative Media Organizer. You can download a driver which skips this interface to use a barebones one.
-What special functions does your MP3 player have, that are unique to its model or brand, if any?
An "EAX" equalizer and custom four-band equalizer. It's made to play MP3s, and play them damn well.
-When you bought your MP3 player, what helped you decide which one to purchase; what criteria did you use, if any, to make your judgment?
Not iPod. Had one before and it was full of bugs, deleted my data three times (third time was a charm; I tossed it and broke it), hated iTunes and their stupid way of legit downloading/anti-MP3 file crap. Needless to say, I won't buy an iPod ever again -- I rail against the iPod-specific zombie generation.