Thanks for the testing, Steve. It's good to hear that the playlist issue may have been solved--am tired reading the "help me with playlists--I'm desperate" posts.
As to shuffle and repeat, it just may be that the firmware upgrade changes the settings back to the default along with the other settings (I don't recall, and I tend to have those settings off to begin with).
I think the EU folks will like the RDS fix, and I'm prospectively happy with the microsSD card fix--I had one major manf. card that the Zip wouldn't play nice with.