Not that I'm dismissing new features. Look at Sensory Science's Rave:MP 2200, its follow-up to the 2100. An FM tuner, a small control unit on the headphones that you can clip to your shirt, the capability to store phone numbers and memos, USB support — these are good things, necessary things, things that every MP3 player will soon be expected to have. In fact, Creative Labs 64 MB Nomad II has a pretty similar set of features, but it lists at $329 as opposed to the 2200's list price of $280, and the only reason to buy it over the 2200 is that it's a little prettier.
I'm excited about the new generation of MP3 players, but not because they're better than the old ones. Oh, they're better, there's no doubt about that; new features keep rolling in — but that's not news, there are always new features. There's something that excites me more.