evanname wrote:How do you buy this device or any other Apple hardware that does not have a microSD slot?
I've owned a lot of MP3 devices over the years, from MP3 discmans to iPods to Sansas. The reason that I always come back to iPods has to do with synchronization. Rather than have to manage MP3s by hand (what some consider a feature, I consider a chore), I have a series of smart playlists that determine which songs synch, as well as handling bi-directional ratings, audiobook bookmarks, and auto-updating podcasts. (iTunes may be a sub-par player, but it's a pretty powerful music database if you're properly pedantic with your metadata.)
Adding a microSD card to this set-it-and-forget sync process adds complexity: now I have to juggle which tracks are on which card, and swap out cards when I want to sync. When listening, I have to not only swap cards to get from one set of music to another, I also have to haul these tiny-ass, easy-to-lose little plastic rectangles around.
I don't give a crap about microSD support; it doesn't fit my use habits. I bought a nano to use as a watch, with mostly audiobooks and a skeleton crew of music. I plug it in, bam, updated, done. If I had found the storage capacity inadequate, I wouldn't have bought it.