Thanks again for the input.
Well, I bought a late-model 8GB RCA Opal at Walmart the other day, and it looks like a keeper; so far, so good. I had to give-up on the replaceable battery idea, but Walmart was (perhaps mistakenly?! ) selling it for only $50, so I thought it a reasonable purchase. I’m not terribly thrilled with the goofy way it organizes the files (I’ve tried several times to make it simple and logical for myself), which may be related to copyright protection issues common to all players, but I’m prepared to accept this for the numerous benefits of having such a player.
Regarding the question of boycotts: I know, though I dislike it, that it is impossible for practical and financial reasons (four kids and us on one teacher’s salary), to boycott **all **companies that cooperate with the Culture of Death. What I **do **try to do – and encourage others to do – is not go out of my way to support the ones I **do **know about and can avoid!
For example, years ago when I graduated college and was thinking of “treating myself” to a trip to Disneyland, I chose not to spend the mucho dinero (completely elective) to do so because of their gay-friendly policies. Ditto for our growing family now.
Though it is cumbersome at times, we are also **aware **of the policies of and **able **to boycott HP, Sony, B of A, and others for pro-life/pro-family reasons. Furthermore, I don’t boycott because I’m afraid of cooperating with evil, sinning mortally, and thus going to Hell; I boycott because it is the best way, in our economic system, to **get the message across **that I don’t believe in the junk companies are promoting. For the record, I don’t believe that anyone who is ignorant of pro-death commercial policies or who is unable to successfully boycott them all (who can?!) is guilty of even venial sin, let alone the mortal sin of cooperating with evil that could send one to Hell.
I hope this explanation helps.