I was shopping for an MP3/CD player and I came across this site:http://www.iriver.com/english/
It seems that Diamond marketed a lame duck version of their MP3/CD player/FMtuner here in the US. I would like to be able to play MP3 music that I made on my CDs and the Rio Volt250 was rated the best for this kind of player. Plus i like listening in my car during long drives and with this you can attach a car cassette adapter to play it when you are driving. Unfortunately, after learning about the Korean brand iMP-250 (or iMP-350), i have changed my mind in purchasing the Volt and rather wait for iRiver's product to be marketed here.
For a pure MP3 player I am looking at the Digisette Duo-64 (Duo-96 is already available at Sharper Image). It's a nifty device if you listen to music or spoken word a lot in your car. If you can put in 100 songs in it, this would have been my choice for long drives. The memory cards are also quite expensive. So i guess it's more practical to buy an Archos Jukebox with the 6GB of storage but I don't know if you can use a car cassette adapter with it.
The Sony MZ-R900DPC MD Walkman actually is a promising MD/MP3 player and their MiniDiscs are much much cheaper. However, I read that it was incapable of reading the artist and title tags in song files, forcing users to enter that information themselves or do without it. Worst of all, it records songs in real time, taking about 2 hours to fill a disc with 160 minutes of music
There are other alternatives. One that's coming out of the market and that Philips started are the 3" mini-CD players. It seems that this will replace today's regular MP3/CD players. There is not enough information about them, obviously, you cannot play regular 5" CDs in them. I'm also not sure if you can attach a car casssette adapter. However, one missing feature of these 1st generation players is the ability to read ID3 tags. Maybe they are capable but there's not enough info about them out there.http://www.audio.philips.com/expanium/8cm/8cm.asphttp://www.cmcia.com/eng/shellstar-demo_eng.htmlhttp://www.teac.com/DSPD/DesktopMP3.html
I do like the iPod from Apple. I think it's the MP3 player of all MP3 players but they still have yet to come out with one that supports Windows. Of course, Steve Jobbs would like to give Apple loyalists preferential treatment by not making this available on Windows but later on it will be compatible. He's not that dumb to think that Windows users would buy Mac computers just to use his iPod, or is he?! Marketing-wise it's a stupid move, because he just lost 90% of the market.