By the way, I LIKE BOOMBOXES! I just bought one with mp3 playback a couple of weeks ago. I've always considered them (boomboxes) handy. I wasn't passing judgement on them, or people who like them, because I'd be passing judgement on myself. But they're not as popular as they once were, so people LIKE ME who like them have much less in the way of variety to choose from. Because of this reduced popularity (people these days simply prefer all things Ipod...hard to dispute. And in case you're wondering, I DON'T HAVE AN IPOD! I think they're featureless and dull compared to other brands like Archos and Creative...so don't leap to another conclusion about me!)
I admit it...I can be an opinionated SOB. But in this case, what I offered was FACT, not opinion. Boomboxes are fading from the marketplace. How often do you see one on the street??? I don't think they'll ever go away completely, but at this stage I doubt seriously that manufacturers will rush to produce a boombox with built-in HD (and I hope I'm wrong!) A good boombox with an aux or line input, and a walkman-type HD radio plugged into it may be the best WE (boombox lovers) can hope for in the relatively short-term.