I just made sure I bought an mp3 player that had an option for MSC mode (Mass Storage Class), which basically means the mp3 player works as a flash drive.
If yours has that, you might find it works better that way.
I use a Sandisk Sansa Clip+, btw. It's the best mp3 player I've ever owned.
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