does all I want from a player, and it certainly isn't cr£p, as you say.
it has always done all i've asked of it, many times exceeding expectations of such a cheap package.
like, for instance, on the fly ripping of CD to mp3, (yes I know its not the only one now, but it must have been one of the first to do it), burning audio CDs that actually play everywhere, including in the cars (something Nero can't quite manage), a comprehensive set of facilities for managing your audio library, and many more.
perhaps the bundled musicmatch you got is an old version... why not check out the latest.
perhaps its just a case of "the better the devil you know", as i've used it for over 4 years, and haven't seen the need to try anything else...