There are plenty of great choices when it comes to portable audio players. Look into what Creative, iRiver and Dell have to offer. In fact, most of them will give you more for your money than the iPod - built-in FM tuners, voice recording, more flexibility in terms of file formats and compatibility with online music stores, etc.
If you get a zen micro, it will come with a old version of firmware(mine did). After you upate it, it will have drag and drop support for Windows media player 10 and windows explorer. I still use the "Zen Micro Media Explorer (MTP)" program. Its VERY lite, doesnt run in the background when you dont use it, and its just a little GUI over explorer. Its a very nice program; all you have to do is click "Import music", then pick your music folder(s) or song files and click next. All done. I can upload some screen shots of it later if you want
They are tons of 4GB-20GB mp3/harddrive players out in the market now. iPod's started the trend. I just ordered Dell Pocket DJ last week from Dell's site. It's pretty nice if you don't have more than 5GB of music collection and the price is not that bad either. There is also a $30 price-drop, so I think you should stick with this.
On the side note, iPods are nice too... but I just didn't want it as I don't have that much music. Also in my opinion, Dell Pocket DJ is way better than the 4GB iPod Mini. I don't really know about 6GB model.
i would go with the new sony ones coming out (actually they might be already out, im too lazy to check) but they are really stylish and supposedly have like over 50 hours of battery life? yeah sounds crazy but i remember it being like a ridiculously high number. i'll post back with details
Ep, glad to see you come back and tidy up...did want to ask a one day favor, I want to enhance my resume , was hoping you could make me administrator for a day, if so, take me right off since I won't be here to do anything, and don't know the slightest about the board, but it would be nice putting "served administrator osnn", if can do, THANKS