I haven't had any trouble with mine. Tadad and several others here have Meizus and I've never heard them say anything.
I think that the "mass" of dead players is like any other forum. People are not going to post if their player is working fine. It's a forum specifically for Meizu so every possible problem or malfunction or just plain user error is going to show up there. So how many people own them and don't have a problem with them?
Bet if you go over to iPod or any other forum dedicated to a specific brand, you'll find a boatload of problems regarding their players.
After getting my Meizu, I'd never get another brand. At this point, I'm very happy with it. Of course, I'd upgrade to an M6 SE or M8 or whatever's out in a couple of years.