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A pro flash player may have better converters (not a huge issue for gigging live situations IMO), but in terms of interface usability you can't beat the iPad.
Not quite true for the record, some of those, namely the Tascam players, but a few others, all have direct track access remote 'keypads' that can be placed much closer than the unit itself, and would make it relatively easy to launch tracks as well while having the unit in the rack. Of course this adds to the cost. And of course you could always do similar with a computer which has already been mentioned, even to the point of launching tracks from a keyboard on stage if you really wanted by tying it to MIDI.
All that being said, the point is there are a half dozen ways to accomplish this on stage and several 'good' ways, or at least 'not bad' ways, including sticking with MD as well.
Yep, in fact that's what I've been using until now, Sony MD, remote access by keypad and footswitch for start/stop has been rock solid, but having a large touchscreen attached to your microphone stand with 'named' key pad start buttons, easy scroll set lists, lyrics displayed on playback, well it simply doesn't compare. The only reason I was holding off on the change was because I wanted footswitch start/stop functionality, which is now available with the bluetooth air turn pedal.
Interestingly, I'm still using the minidisc for my music theatre productions in schools, because the sets never change and I don't have to look at the display to see what's next!
Re computers, happy enough to use them when I'm engineering, but never fancied them for when I'm performing.
As usual it's horses for courses......