GET A ZEN NANO! Those things are so awesome! They're almost as small as a nano (not "sandisk" small - I mean "flash drive" small) and have a very informative screen, decent controls, excellent audio quality, an FM tuner and line recorder (in the Plus version)... they're just beyond awesome!
I got the standard 512mb Zen Nano. It has a microphone and voice recording capabilities, backlit screen, all sorts of play order functions (normal, loop, loop folder, shuffle, shuffle folder, A-B play, etc), an on-player customizable 5-band equalizer with a few presets, excellent battery life (1 AAA battery you can get anywhere when it dies instead of USB-charging), umm... where does this list end?
The Plus, which I've been trying to find for a while (I returned my standard for one claiming to be a "plus" on eBay, but it ended up being another standard Nano), has more functions, like an FM tuner and recorder, line-in recording (encode MP3s right on the player from a CD player or a friend's MP3 player), and an extended volume range. It's quite awesome - if you get one, go for a Plus.
(Images to come as soon as I can find 'em!)
edit: Here we go, thank god for Hostfile's "recycle bin"...
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[This message has been edited by Falcon4 (edited 12-04-2006).]